Professor Curtright 325
JLK.
Office hours 2-3 pm T R, or else by appointment. |
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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. |
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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. |