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:
- Physical Sciences Stage 2/3/4
- STMS Undergradute Stage 2 & 3
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). M Thomson, Modern Particle Physics, Cambridge (2013)
A Bettini, Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics (QC794.6.575)
S McMurry, Quantum Mechanics, Prentice-Hall (1993)
F Mandl, Quantum Mechanics, Wiley (1992)
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
See the library reading list for this module (Medway)
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.
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.