Format: Two interactive lectures per week (student participation strongly encouraged), weekly homework assignments, one discussion section per week
Instructor: Professor Dmitry BudkerOffice: 273 Birge, Labs: 203/207, 217, 219, 221, 230, 241, 245, 249, 269 Birge
Professor's Office hour: by appointment (send e-mail to setup), 273 Birge
GSI: Byung Kyu (Andrew) Park; office hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 2-3 in 465 BirgeSynopsis and goals of the course:
We will discuss the elementary particles and interactions that appear in the Standard Model, and the ways we study them. An overview of experimental techniques (accelerators, cosmic rays, detectors, ...) and the basic theoretical tools such as Feynman diagrams will be reviewed. Time permitting, we will also touch upon such topics as elementary nuclear physics, and particle-physics experiments on a table top. Common-sense estimates, the method of dimensions, and various approximate techniques will be emphasized as opposed to formal calculations.
Required text: Introduction to Elementary Particles by David Griffiths
Invaluable resource: questions on organizational aspects of the course may be directed to Ms. Claudia Trujillo of Physics Student Services
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