Elementary Particle Phenomenology
Physics 662
Winter 2004

Course Description:

Physics 662 continues the survey of the phenomena of the elementary particles of matter and their interactions. Over the three term sequence (661, 662, and 663) we will include applications of particle physics to questions of cosmology and astrophysics. During this term we will study:
These topics include many of the fundamental issues of modern particle physics, and conclude with an introduction to cosmology.
Instructor: Prof. Jim Brau
414B Willamette
(enter through 414 Willamette)
Class Hours: UT 9:00 - 10:20
(and substitute hours to be determined)
318 Willamette Hall
Office Hours: MWF 10-11 am
Texts: Introduction to High Energy Physics, 4th Edition (2000)
Donald H. Perkins
Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics, 2nd edition (2004)
Lars Bergstrom and Ariel Goobar
    This edition still has not been distributed.
    I am trying to determine if it will be available this term.
Grading: Grades will be based on homework problem sets, a mid-term exam, and a final exam.

Tentative Course Outline and Reading Assignments:

January 6-13 The Quark Interactions and QCD
Perkins, Chapter 6
January 15-27 Weak Interactions
Perkins, Chapter 7
January 29-February 3 Cosmic Neutrinos
Bergstrom and Goobar, Chapter 15
February 5
      February 10-19 Electroweak Interactions and the Standard Model
      Perkins, Chapter 8
      February 24-March 2 Physics Beyond the Standard Model
      Perkins, Chapter 9
      March 4-March 11 General Relativity and Cosmological Models
      Bergstrom and Goobar, Chapter 2
      Bergstrom and Goobar, Chapter 3
      Perkins, Chapter 10
      Bergstrom and Goobar, Chapter 4
      March 15, 8:30 AM
        FINAL EXAM