Physics PHY498F/1489F, Fall 2013
Introduction to High Energy Physics
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Department of Physics
60 St. George Street
University of Toronto
Canada M5S 1A7
Office: McLennan Laboratory 801
[Office Hours: drop by or make an appointment]
Phone: (416) 978-2950
Fax: (416) 978-8221
N.B. Please put PHY489 in subject line of any course-related emails.
I will try to reply as quickly as possible to your emails. However, I cannot promise
that I will do so outside of normal working hours (Monday-Friday 9-5 for example). Please also note
that I will NOT accept assigments via email.
Announcements (reverse chronological order)
Any announcements made outside of class time will appear here. I will do my best to
also post any announcements that are made verbally in class. However, I cannot promise
that this will always occur. It is YOUR responsibility to attend class or, if you do
not, to ensure that you are aware of what was discussed, including issues
not directly related to course material.
At any point during the term the following is meant to document the topics that have been
covered and indicate the topics that I plan to cover in future classes. In the case of future
classes, this list is mean as a guideline only, not as a formal course outline. Things
may shift as the term progresses.
09/09/12: Introduction to the Standard Model
11/09/12: Quark model of Hadrons, Decays
16/09/12: Conservation Laws
18/09/12: Relativistic Kinematics
23/09/12: Relativistic Kinematics cont'd
25/09/12: Conservation Laws, Angular Momentum, Addition of Angular Momentum
31/09/12: Spin-1/2 systems, Isospin
02/10/12: Parity, Charge Conjugation, G-Parity
07/10/12: Quark mixing, CP violation
09/10/12: Particle Decays, Lifetimes; Scattering
14/10/12: Thanksgiving: no lecture
16/10/12: Fermi's Golden Rule; Lorentz-invariant Phase Space, 2-Body decays, 2-body scattering
21/10/12: Feynman Rules, Calculation of Matrix Elements
23/10/12: The Dirac Equation
28/10/12: More on the Dirac Equation
30/10/12: Feynman Rules for QED
04/11/12: More QED, Electrodynamics of quarks and hadrons
06/11/12: Weak Interactions
11/11/12: No lecture: fall break.
13/11/12: Neutral Weak Interactions
18/11/12: Neutral Weak Interactions cont'd
20/11/12: Chiral Fermions
25/11/12: Photons in QED
27/11/12: Electroweak Unification
02/12/12: Baryon wavefunctions
04/12/12: No lecture
Assignment due dates are given below and noted above in the Course Progress section. Late assignments will be
accepted up to a week after the due date, with a penalty of 50%/week (10%/weekday) and a daily deadline of
5PM. Assignments later than one week will not be accepted. You can hand in the assignments at the beginning
or end of the lecture period, or use drop box #(TBA) in the Burton Tower stairwell (ask if you don't know
where this is). Please do not slide assignments under my office door.
Solutions will be posted on a password protected web page. The username and password will
be given out in class, or available via email (after the solutions to the first assignment
have been posted).
A note on the problem sets.
I expect that, in the course of doing your assignments, you will discuss them with your
classmates at some level. This is fine, and a normal part of the study process. What you
most emphatically should NOT do, is copy answers from your classmates (or from anywhere else).
It is fine to discuss the problems, but when it comes to actually writing out your solutions you should do this
by yourself. To copy answers from someone else is an academic offense. But the more important
reason not to do this is that you will not learn the material if you do not do problems yourself.
It is quite possible to understand the approach to solving a problem, but still find that when you sit
down to actually do it, you somehow can't get it to work out. The only way to really learn
the course material is to apply it.
On another note, the problems in Griffiths are for the most part relatively straightforward.
Most, but not all, of the assignment problems will come from the text, but I strongly encourage you,
as part of your studying, to attempt as many of the problems at the end of each chapter as you have
time for, and I am happy to discuss these with you if you find you are having trouble.
The coursework will consist of four problem sets, one two-hour mid-term (outside of lecture time),
and a final exam.
|Problem Set #1
| Problem Set #2
|Problem Set #3
|Problem Set #4
The mid-term will take place near the end of October or the beginning of November.
The date will be posted before the end of the first week of classes, and additional
information will be provided closer to the test date.
Information on the final exam will appear later in the term. The date and time will be available from
the university exams website .
- Class Room: MP 408
- Lectures -- MW(F) 12:00-13:00
- Office Hours: Drop by or make an appointment
- D. J. Griffiths, "Introduction to Elementary Particles", Second Edition (Wiley-VCH) 2008 [ISBN 978-3-527-40601-2].
Useful Reference Books
Halzen & Martin, Quarks and Leptons, (Wiley) 1984.
Perkins, Introduction to High-Energy Physics, 3rd Edition, Addison Wesly
G. Kane, Modern Elementary Particle Physics, Addison Wesley, 1993.
B.R. Martin & G. Shaw, Particle Physics, 3rd Edition, Wiley, 2008.
B.R. Martin, Nuclear and Particle Physics, an Introduction, Wiley, 2006
A. Das & T. Ferbel, Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics, 2nd Edition, World Scientific, 2003.
- 4 problem sets (10% each), a 2-hour mid-term (20%) and a 3-hour final exam (40%).
there may be additional work required of graduate students enrolled in PHY1489, in which case the
graduate marking scheme will differ somewhat.
The course will cover chapters 3,4,6,7, section 1 (and perhaps section 2) of
chapter 8, and chapter 9. We will not explicitly cover chapters 1 and 2 though I will
cover similar material in the first two or three lectures. Students are expected to
read these chapters on their own, prior to the start of the second week of classes at
the latest. The outline is of course subject to minor changes, depending on how things
progress through the term.
The course is primarily concerned with theoretical aspects of basic particle
physics. We will not deal extensively with either experimental techniques,
or discussions of current topics is particle physics. However, given that the
CERN Large Hadron Collider recently began operation, I will try to include
some brief discussion of issues relevant to the LHC experimental programme.
- Introduction / Overview
- Chapter 3: Relativistic Kinematics
- Chapter 4: Symmetries
- Chapter 6: The Feynman Calculus
- Chapter 7: Quantum Electrodynamics
- Chapter 8: Electrodynamics of Quarks and Hadrons (Section 8.1)
- Chapter 9: Weak Interactions