Particle and Quantum Physics - PH722

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
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7 15 (7.5) PROF P Strange


PH502, PH503





  • 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.
  • Details

    This module appears in:

    Contact hours

    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.

    Preliminary reading

    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)

  • Learning outcomes

    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.

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