Particle and Quantum Physics - PHYS7220

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This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.


• Approximation Methods, perturbation theory, variational methods.
• Classical/Quantum Mechanics, measurement and the correspondence principle.
• Uncertainty Principle and Spin precession.
• Key Experiments in Modern Quantum Mechanics (Aharonov-Bohm, neutron diffraction in a gravitational field, EPR paradox).
• Experimental methods in Particle Physics (Accelerators, targets and colliders, particle interactions with matter, detectors, the LHC).
• Feynman Diagrams, particle exchange, leptons, hadrons and quarks.
• Symmetries and Conservation Laws.
• Hadron flavours, isospin, strangeness and the quark model.
• Weak Interactions, W and Z bosons.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 30
Private study hours: 120
Total study hours: 150


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Assignment 1 (10hour, 15%)
Assignment 2 (10hour, 15%)
Examination (70%)

Indicative reading

B. R. Martin, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Wiley (2006)
Bettini, Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics (QC794.6.575)
S. McMurry, Quantum Mechanics, Prentice-Hall (1993)
M. Thomson, Modern Particle Physics (2013)
F. Mandl, Quantum Mechanics, Wiley (1992)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Ability to identify relevant physical principles, make mathematical descriptions or approximations and solve problems using a mathematical approach.
Familiarity with how particle physics experiments work.
Ability to discuss particle physics in the language of particles and fields.
An understanding of the formalism of quantum mechanics and the ability to cast physical problems into it and solve them.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Have the knowledge and understanding of:
Enhancement of problem solving abilities, particularly mathematical approaches to problem solving.
To use appropriate sources as part of directed self-learning.
Enhancement of the ability to interpret theory.
An improved ability to manipulate precise and complex ideas and to construct logical arguments.


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