Physics 662                Elementary Particle Phenomenology

Spring 2012

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Course Description


Physics 662 continues the survey of the phenomena of the elementary particles of matter and their interactions begun in Physics 661. During this term we will study:

  • Weak Interactions
  • Electroweak Interactions and the Standard Model
  • Physics Beyond the Standard Model
  • Particle Physics and Cosmology
  • Experimental methods

These topics include many of the fundamental issues of modern particle physics. Throughout the course, the interplay between theory and experiment will be emphasized.

Course Administration

Instructor: Prof. Jim Brau

414B Willamette
(enter through 414 Willamette)
jimbrau at

Class Hours: To be determined.

Classroom: To be determined.

Office Hours: MW 10-11 am

Physics 662 web page:

Reading and Study Material


Required Textbook

Introduction to High Energy Physics, 4th Edition (2000)
Donald H. Perkins

Recommended Supplementary Textbooks and Resources
Each of the supplementary textbooks will be placed on reserve in the Science Library.

Introduction to Elementary Particles, 2nd, Revised Edition (2008)
David Griffiths

An Introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics, 2nd Edition (2007)
W.N. Cottingham and D.A. Greenwood

An Introduction to Particle Physics and the Standard Model (2009)
Robert Mann

Elementary Particle Physics in a Nutshell (2011)
Christopher G. Tully

Particle Data Group Tables and Reports

Grading Policy

Grades will be based on homework problem sets, a mid-term exam and a final exam.


This course is the second quarter of a two quarter sequence covering the phenomenology of elementary particle physics. The course is intended for students with an interest in the underlying theoretical basis of particle physics theory and experiment. Students should have successfully completed Physics 661, the first quarter course. Exceptions may be considered by the instructor.