Overview• 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 diffractyion 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.
This module appears in:
28 hours of lectures.
This module is expected to occupy 150 total study hours.
This is not available as a wild module.
Method of assessment
70% final examination; 30% coursework, including class tests.
B. R. Martin, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Wiley, (2006).
Ability to identify relevant physical principles, make mathematical descriptions or approximations and solve problems using a mathematical approach.