Physics 404

Spring 2012

Introduction to High Energy Physics

Instructor: Peter Siegel, Room 8-215,Phone 869-4029,Email:, Home Page.

Office Hours: Mon 1-2, Wed 1-3, Fri 1-3

Lecture Hours: Mon and Wed 4-6pm via Elluminate-Web and room 4-3-567

Textbooks: Most of the topics we will be covering are from the quantum text Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Second Edition) by David Griffiths. The last two weeks of the course will cover topics from Introduction to Elementary Particles (Second Edition) also by David Griffiths. Griffith's Elementary Particle book is very good. It is worth buying and keeping as a reference.

Homework 50%
Midterm Exam (April 30) 20%
Final Exam (June 4) 30%

Homework: Homework will consist of problems from the text(s) as well as problems and computer programming projects that I will assign. The homework assignments will be posted on my home page. The solutions will be posted on my home page after the due date.

Exams: The midterm exam is worth 20%. It will last one hour, and you may use your textbook(s) and class notes (only). The final will be similar in format to the midterm, but will last two hours. (30%). The time for the final is Monday, June 6, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.

Overview of the Course
The goal of the course this year is to prepare students for graduate Quantum Mechanics and for summer internship at CERN. Standard undergraduate topics from the Quantum text help with the transition to graduate school. Each homework assignment will contain a computer assignment and a relativistic kinematics problem to assist you in numerical work that you might encounter in a summer research experience. Below is a rough course outline that I will try and follow. It is flexible, and I can adjust the syllabus if necessary. Enjoy the course!!

Course Outline Phy404 Spring 2012 (Siegel)
Date Sections in textTopic
Mon March 193.1-3.3**Relativistic Kinematics
Wed 213.4-3.5** Relativistic Collisions
Mon 26 3.2.3 Review of Quantum Postulates
Wed 28 3.4 Coordinate and Momentum Space Representations
Mon April 2 6.1-6.2 Time Independent Perturbation Theory, Fine Structure of Hydrogen
Wed 4 4.3 Angular Momentum Operators (SU2) (Hwk 1 Due)
Mon 9 4.4.3 Addition of Angular Momentum
Wed 11 6.3 Spin-Orbit Interaction
Mon 16 5.1 Identical Particles(Hwk 2 Due)
Wed 18 5.2 Multi-electron Atoms
Mon 23 4.1-4.2** Symmetry and Conservation Laws
Wed 25 4.3** Isospin (Hwk 3 Due)
Mon 30 --- Review Exam
Wed May 2 4.4** Parity and CP
Mon 7 9.1-9.2 Time Dependent Perturbation Theory
Wed 9 6.1-6.2** Fermi's Golden Rule, Yukawa Potential
Mon 14 6.2-6.3** Feynman Rules for Scattering and Decays
Wed 16 7.1** Dirac Equation Hwk 4 Due
Mon 21 7.2, 7.3** Free Particle Solutions to the Dirac Equation
Wed 23 7.3, 7.6** Electron-Muon Scattering
Mon 28 --- Holiday: Memorial Day
Wed 30 9.4** Electron-Positron scattering, Pion decay
Fri June 3 --- Hwk 5 Due
Mon 4 4-6pm Final Exam
** Griffiths Particle Physics Textbook