Professor Curtright
325 JLK. Office hours 2-3 pm T R, or else by
appointment. |
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Elementary Particles |
PHY 766 | Section G | M W F 2:30-3:20 | 203 JLK | Prerequisites: PHY 540, 560, 561, 752, 753 or by
permission |
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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." |

Lecture notes for Spring 2019.

Exercises for Spring 2019

Required text: None. Recommended supplemental reading:

Ian Aitchison and Anthony Hey,

Volume 1

Volume 2

Cliff Burgess and Guy Moore, The Standard Model: A Primer, Cambridge University Press 2006

David Griffiths, Introduction to Elementary Particles, 2nd Edition, Wiley-VCH, 2008

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 from 2011

Overview lecture from January 2019

Elementary

The bubble graph integral

One-loop charge renormalization in Yang-Mills theory

A representative higher-loop calculation

Assignments from the previous incarnation of this course are given below. Still worth doing!

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. |