PHYSICS 205.01, Fall 2010

Class Time/Room MW 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Physics 299
Instructor(s) Walter, Christopher
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Course DescriptionIntroductory survey course on nuclear and particle physics. Phenomenology and experimental foundations of nuclear and particle physics; fundamental forces and particles, composites. Interaction of particles with matter and detectors. SU(2), SU(3), models of mesons and baryons. Weak interactions and neutrino physics. Lepton-nucleon scattering, form factors and structure functions. QCD, gluon field and color. W and Z fields, electro-weak unification, the CKM matrix, Nucleon-nucleon interactions, properties of nuclei, single and collective particle models. Electromagnetic and hadronic interactions with nuclei. Nuclear reactions and nuclear structure, nuclear astrophysics. Relativistic heavy ion collisions. Instructor: Walter
Additional Information

This is an introductory graduate level survey course on particle and nuclear physics. This class assumes a familiarity with graduate level quantum mechanics at the level of physics 211 and 212. This class will impart a broad foundation in the phenomenology and experimental foundations of modern nuclear and particle physics. Topics in the class will include:

  • Overview of particles, exchange forces, kinematics, symmetries and groups
  • Interactions of particles with matter, and particle detectors.
  • The quark model
  • Nuclear structure models
  • Quantum electrodynamics
  • Quarks and gluons
  • Lepton scattering, form factors and structure functions
  • Weak interactions
  • The electroweak theory

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