Introduction to Particles and Nuclei
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The course is given in the second semester, 3 hours each week plus 1
- Lectures: Monday 2–4 in Lecture Hall 6 (Melamed); Thursday
12–1 in Lecture Hall 7 (Holcblat)
- Exercises: Thursday 1–2 in Lecture Hall 7 (Holcblat)
Current course material may be found on Virtual.tau. The course
mailing list is here.
Part I: The Nucleus (4 weeks)
Part II: High energies and elementary (?) particles (7 weeks)
- Properties of nuclei: mass, binding energy, size, spins and
moments. Charge distribution and electron scattering.
Stability. Radioactive decay and fission.
- Models of nuclear structure: the liquid drop model and the
Weizsäcker mass formula, Fermi gas, shell model and magic numbers,
- Charge symmetry and isospin.
- Nuclear radiation: α, β, and γ decay — strong, weak, and
- Nuclear forces. Mesons.
Part III: Accelerators and detectors (2
- Leptons and hadrons, baryons and mesons. Resonances.
- Isospin, approximate flavor symmetry, and quarks. C and P symmetries.
- Hamiltonians and Feynman diagrams. Vertices, propagators.
- Quantum electrodynamics and quantum chromodynamics.
- Weak interactions: neutrinos, helicity,
parity violation, CP
- Electroweak unification: W
and Z, the Higgs particle.
- Principles of particle detection, types of detectors.
- Planning an experiment: the ATLAS
experiment at the Large Hadron