Physics P640/P641
Subatomic Physics I-II - Fall 2012/Spring 2013

Course WWW home page: http://physics.indiana.edu/~berger/p640_fall2012/p640.html

MWF 11:15-12:05PM (Section 20951)
Balantine Hall 345
Instructor: Mike Berger

Phone: (812) 855-2609
Email: berger@indiana.edu
WWW: http://media4.physics.indiana.edu/~berger/aboutme.html
Office Hours: Swain West 235, Thursday:1:30-3:30pm, or by appt.
Subatomic Physics I-II (P640-P641)


o Useful Reference Texts

F. Halzen and A. Martin, Quarks and Leptons: An Introductory Course in Modern Particle Physics

There is no required textbook for the course. However the textbook by Halzen and Martin is probably the closest match for the topics in particle physics.

Particle Data Group

The Review of Particle Properties

Nuclear Physics

J. Blatt and V.F. Weisskopf, Theoretical Nuclear Physics

J.M. Eisenberg and W. Greiner, Nuclear Theory

B.R. Martin, Nuclear and Particle Physics: An Introduction

T. Muta, Perturbative QCD

M. Perl, Hadronic Physics

M.A. Preston and R.K. Bhaduri, Structure of the Nucleus

J.D. Walecka, Theoretical Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics

Particle Physics

I. J. R. Aitchison and A. J. G. Hey, Gauge Theories in Particle Physics, 2nd ed.

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

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

D. Griffiths, Introduction to Elementary Particles

T.D. Lee, Particle Physics and Introduction to Field Theory

F. Mandl and G. Shaw, Quantum Field Theory

L.B. Okun, Leptons and Quarks

D.H. Perkins, Introduction to High Energy Physics, 3rd ed.

H.M. Pilkuhn, Relativistic Particle Physics

C. Quigg, Gauge Theories of the Strong, Weak, and Electromagnetic Interactions

A. Seiden, Particle Physics: A Comprehensive Introduction

M. Spearman, Elementary Particle Theory

J.Y. Yndurain, The Theory of Quark and Gluon Interactions

Cosmology and Astrophysics

S. Dodelson, Modern Cosmology

V. Mukhanov, Physical Foundations of Cosmology

P.J.E. Peebles, Principles of Physical Cosmology

S. Weinberg, Cosmology

o Topics

Basic Concepts

Interactions and Forces
Feynman Diagrams

Phenomenology - Nuclear and Particle

Semiempirical Mass Formula
Nuclear Instability
Radioactive Decay

Strong Interactions - Introduction


Strong Interactions

Quantum Chromodynamics
Asymptotic Freedom

Experimental Methods - Accelerators and Beams

Particle Beams
Hadron Colliders
Lepton Colliders

Experimental Methods - Particle Interactions with Matter and Particle Detectors

Nuclear Interactions
Ionization Energy Losses
Cherenkov Radiation

Experimental Methods - Statistics

Basic Distributions
Systematic and Statistical Errors
Goodness of Fit
Monte Carlo

Weak Interactions

Charged and Neutral Currents
Muon Decay
Meson Oscillations

Deep Inelastic Scattering and Parton Distribution Functions

The Parton Model
The Evolutions Equations (DGLAP)

Gauge Symmetry Breaking and the Higgs Mechanism

Gauge Boson Masses
Yukawa Couplings
Flavor Physics

Neutrino Physics

Dirac and Majorana masses
Neutrino Oscillations
Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay

Nuclear Physics Models

Collective Models
Microscopic Models

Quark-Gluon Plasma

Cosmology and Astrophysics

Dark Matter
Dark Energy
The Early Universe - Baryogenesis, Nucleosynthesis, Neutrinos
Neutron Stars

Beyond the Standard Model

Grand Unified Theories

o Problem Sets

Problem Sets will typically be assigned every two weeks and be due on Fridays. The sets and solutions will be posted on the Oncourse website.

Grading: 70% Problem Sets, 30% Take Home Exam