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Physics 640-641
Elementary Particles I-II

Course WWW home page: http://physics.indiana.edu/~berger/p640.html

MWF 10:10-11AM
Swain West 103
Instructor: Mike Berger

Phone: (812) 855-2609
Email: berger@gluon.physics.indiana.edu
WWW: http://physics.indiana.edu/~berger/aboutme.html
Office Hours: T1:30-3:30PM and by appt.

Elementary Particles I-II (P640-641) will give an overview of the work which forms the basis of current research in high energy physics. The first semester will spend a good deal of time understanding the bread-and-butter details of particle physics: relativistic kinematics, Dirac algebra, perturbation theory, spontaneously broken symmetries, current algebra, Feynman diagrams, group theory, the quark model, gauge theories, renormalization and the renormalization group, etc. Then various aspects of the Standard Model of particle interactions which has found enormous experimental success will be treated. We will study electroweak physics and Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), and examine the theoretical and experimental underpinnings of the theory. Topics to be covered include CP violation, meson physics, parton distribution functions, deep inelastic scattering (DIS), chiral perturbation theory (CPT), the Higgs sector, and radiative corrections. The emphasis of this part of the course will be on particle phenomenology that is of direct relevance to collider and non-accelerator physics experiments being conducted now or in the near future. More advanced topics such as particle-cosmology, supersymmetry, technicolor, grand unified theories, and other issues in physics beyond the Standard Model might be covered in the second semester if there is sufficient time and interest. The required textbook is Halzen and Martin, however, we will not always follow the textbook closely. Therefore it is advisable that you consult some of the other references listed below, some of which have been placed on reserve in Swain Library.

o Text

F. Halzen and A.D. Martin, Quarks & Leptons: An Introductory Course in Modern Particle Physics[on reserve].

o Optional Text

V. Barger and R.J.N. Phillips, Collider Physics.

o Other Useful Reference Material

I.J.R. Aitchison and A.J.G. Hey, Gauge Theories in Particle Physics.

J.D. Bjorken and S.D. Drell, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics[on reserve].

Discussion of the Dirac equation.

R.N. Cahn and G. Goldhaber, The Experimental Foundations of Particle Physics.

The historical development of the experimental foundation of the Standard Model.

T. Cheng and L. Li, Gauge Theories of Elementary Particle Physics.

Survey of the Standard Model and beyond.

J.F. Donoghue, E. Golowich, B.R. Holstein, Dynamics of the Standard Model[on reserve].

D. Griffiths, Introduction to Elementary Particles[on reserve].

C. Itzykson and J. Zuber, Quantum Field Theory[on reserve].

Reference text for field theory.

G. Kane, Modern Elementary Particle Physics[on reserve].

E. Leader and E. Predazzi, An Introduction to Gauge Theories and the `New Physics'[on reserve].

An account of particle physics, circa 1982. A new edition should soon be available.

T. Muta, Foundations of Quantum Chromodynamics[on reserve].

A very nice treatment of the formal aspects of QCD.

D. Perkins, Introduction to High Energy Physics[on reserve].

R. Roberts, The Structure of the Proton.

A concise, yet clear, treatment of deeply inelastic scattering.

E. Shuryak, The QCD Vacuum, Hadrons, and the Superdense Matter.

o Reference Material for Advanced Topics

J. Wess and J. Bagger, Supersymmetry and Supergravity;
M. Sohnius, Introducing Supersymmetry, Phys. Rep. 128, 39 (1985).

Introduction to formal aspects of supersymmetry in particle physics.

H. Haber and G. Kane, The Search for Supersymmetry, Phys. Rep. 117, 75 (1985).

Introduction to supersymmetric phenomenology (somewhat dated at this point).

G.G. Ross, Grand Unified Theories.

o Problem Sets

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Problem sets will be handed out (approximately) weekly. There will be a take-home final at the end of the semester.

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Take Home Final

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