Introduction to Particle physics

Evolving Provisional Agenda

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4,

Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8,

Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12,

Week 13, Week 14, Week 15 Week 16

1) Monday January 7th

**U00) Introduction to the class**(Notes)**U01) Overview of the Standard Model**(Notes)- Here are notes with a more historical approache
- Here is a collection of wikipedia links and original research articles which you should find interesting
- Here is the list of dates I was going by today.

- Overview of the standard model continued

- What are gravitational waves and why do they matter?
- Gravitational wave from merging neutron stars
- Gravitational waves
- LIGO and Virgo
- Michelson interferometer
- Gamma ray bursts
- Nucleosynthesis
- Neutron star
- Black hole
- Hubble constant

3) Monday January 14th

- Overview of the Standard Model
- If you want to develop a more precise understanding of Feynman diagrams while readiing a fun book, consider "A guide to Feynman Diagrams in the Many-Body Problem" by R.D.Mattuck. It is in the context of solid state physics but the concepts are exactly the same. It is an easy read.
**U02) Special relativity review**(Notes)- You should go over the excellent notes on Special Relativity by D.W.Hogg.
- You may be interested to read this One more derivation of the Lorentz transformation by J.-M. Levy-Leblond. The interesting aspect is that it does not start off by assuming anything about the speed of light having some special role. It proceed from an argumet focused on symmetries and the speed of light is identified a-posteriori.
- Note covering the wave equation, the wave equation from Maxwell's equation and the standard derivation of the Lorentz transformation
- Quiz 01

*) Monday January 21st:

5) Wednesday January 23th

- Special relativity continued
- Quiz 02

6) Monday January 28th

- Special relativity continued
- Compton scattering
- Note on the derivation of Compton's relation
- Common Exam problem on the decay of neutral pions
- Quiz 03

- Special relativity continued
- Eddington luminosity
- Thomson cross section
- Superluminal motion
- Nuclear binding energy
- Semi empirical Weizsacker formula
- Nuclear fusion
- Nuclear fission
- Quiz 04

8) Monday February 4th

- Special relativity continued and end
- Stellar evolution
- Degeneracy pressure
- Chandrasekhar limit
- This is a good article. Follow the link for more information. Type Ia supernova
- Type II supernova
- SN1987A
- Proton–proton chain in the Sun
- Raymond Davis and John N. Bahcall 's Homestake experiment
- The Solar Neutrino Problem
**U03) Detection of particles and what is being measured**(Notes)- Bethe formula for the charge particle energy loss per distance travelled in a material

- Snow day: class canceled

10) Monday February 11th

- Particle detection continued
- Bethe formula
- Ionization chamber
- Geiger counter
- Proportional counter
- Time projection chamber
- Scintillators can be coupled to photomultiplier tubes which are characterized by their quantum efficiency and gain.
- Bremsstrahlung
- Radiation length
- Quiz 05

- Particle detection continued and end
- Quiz 06

12) Monday February 18th:

13) Wednesday February 20th

14) Monday February 25th

15) Wednesday February 27th

- MIDTERM covering U01/U02/U03

16) Monday March 4th

- Continued quantum mechanics
- Quiz 07

- Continued quantum mechanics
- Quiz 08

*) Monday March 11th:

*) Wednesday March 13th:

18) Monday March 18th

- Continued quantum mechanics and end
- Quiz 09

20) Monday March 25th

- Perturbation theory continued
- Quiz 11

21) Wednesday March 27th

22) Monday April 1st

23) Wednesday April 3rd

- MIDTERM covering U04 and possibly U02 a little

24) Monday April 8th

- Dirac equation continued

26) Monday April 15th

- Quick overview of Lagrangian mechanics (Notes)

27) Wednesday April 17th

28) Monday April 22rd

- Discussion/question based review