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

Lecture notes for Spring 2019.

Exercises for Spring 2019

Required text:  None.  Recommended supplemental reading: 

    Ian Aitchison and Anthony Hey, Gauge Theories in Particle Physics A Practical Introduction, 4th Edition, CRC Press 2013
        Volume 1  From Relativistic Quantum Mechanics to QED
        Volume 2  Non-Abelian Gauge Theories, QCD and The Electroweak Theory

    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 SU(N) facts

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.