Professor Curtright  325 JLK.  Office hours 2-3 pm T R, or else by appointment.
Elementary Particles PHY666 Section Q T R 12:30-1:45 203 JLK Prerequisites:  Phy 540, 561, 650
The standard model of elementary particles will be discussed with emphasis on the Feynman calculus for fields of spin 0, 1/2, and 1.  The standard model Lagrangian will also be presented and some of its basic properties will be explored.
Grading policy:  Your grade will be based on your class participation and on a term paper.  The subject of the paper must be approved by Professor Curtright, and a tentative outline of the paper is due by midterm.  In addition, you may be asked to present solutions to selected problems in class, as "mini-lectures."

Required text:  David Griffiths, Introduction to Elementary Particles.

Recommended supplemental reading:  Cliff Burgess and Guy Moore, The Standard Model:  A Primer

Other source material will be announced in class, and listed below in the Assignments.

The Particle Data Group provides up-to-date information and reviews.

Overview lecture 

Group theory software

Elementary SU(N) facts

The bubble graph integral

One-loop charge renormalization in Yang-Mills theory

A representative higher-loop calculation

Assignment #1:  Read Griffiths, Chapters 1 and 2.  Do exercises 1, 2, and 3, as assigned in class.
Assignment #2:  Read Griffiths, Chapters 3 and 11.  Do exercise 4.
Assignment #3:  Solve the problems in Griffiths, Chapter 3.
Assignment #4:  Do exercises 5, 6, 7, and 8.
Assignment #5:  Read Griffiths, Chapter 4.
Assignment #6:  Do exercises 9, 10, 11, and 12.
Assignment #7:  Do exercises 13 and 14, and then read Griffiths, Chapter 5.
Assignment #8:  Do exercise 15,16, and 17, and then read Griffiths, Chapter 7, Sections 1, 2, 3, & 4. 
Assignment #9:  Read Griffiths, Chapter 10.  (You may also find Ramond's book a useful supplement.)
Assignment #10:  Take a look at the Phys. Rev. Letters of Englert and Brout (1964), Higgs (1964), and Weinberg (1967).
Assignment #11:  Do exercises 18 and 19, and then read Griffiths, Chapter 6. 
Assignment #12:  Read again Griffiths, Chapter 7, the entire chapter this time.
Assignment #13:  Read Griffiths, Chapter 8.  Do exercises 20 - 23.
Assignment #14:  Read Griffiths, Chapter 9.   Do exercise 24, and problems 9.5 & 9.29 in Griffiths.
Assignment #15:  Read Griffiths, Chapter 12.