### Syllabus for Roster(s):

- 22F PHYS 5720-001 (CGAS)

#### Short course description

This is a “field survey” course intended to acquaint the interested advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate student with the foundations, achievements, and current status of the field of elementary particle and nuclear physics.

**Tentative syllabus topics (subject to change)**

Brief history of subatomic physics

Survey of fundamental interactions

Four-vectors, relativistic transformations

Symmetries and conservation laws

Basics of nuclear structure and dynamics

Lifetimes and cross sections

Introduction to quantum electrodynamics (QED): Dirac equation

Feynman rules for QED

Lepton-lepton scattering

Compton scattering

Lepton-quark scattering

Form factors, quarks and quantum chromodynamics (QCD)

Quark distributions in the nucleon

The quark parton model; Bjorken scaling

Weak interactions: Fermi theory

Weak interactions: muon decay

Weak interactions: pion decay

Neutrino scattering, Z boson

Conserved vector current, Cabibbo mixing, GIM mechanism

Weak neutral currents

Neutrino oscillations

Beyond the Standard Model: supersymmetry

Particle physics and cosmology

**Course texts:**

- M. Thompson,
*Modern particle physics*, (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013), - B. Povh, K. Rith, C. Scholz, F. Zetsche, W. Rodejohann,
*Particles and nuclei*, 7th ed., (Springer 2015), - D. Griffiths,
*Introduction to elementary particles*, 2nd ed., (Wiley-VCH, 2008)

Additional useful texts are:

- F. Halzen and A. Martin,
*Quarks and leptons*, (Wiley, 1984), - B.R. Martin and G. Shaw,
*Nuclear and particle physics: an introduction*, 3rd ed., (Wiley, 2019), - B.R. Martin and G. Shaw, Particle Physics, 4th ed., (Wiley, 2017),
- D.H. Perkins,
*Introduction to high energy physics*, 4th ed., (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000), - Byron P. Roe,
*Particle Physics at the New Millenium*, (Springer, New York, 1996), - H. Frauenfelder and E. Henley, Subatomic Physics, 2nd ed., (Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1991).

**Prerequisites**

Prerequisites for the class are: working knowledge of quantum mechanics at the undergraduate level, e.g., completion of the UVa PHYS 3550/3560 course series or equivalent, and working knowledge of special relativity. Prior knowledge of field theory is not required.