Physics 442

Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics

Instructor: Dr. G.M. Huber


Textbook: Particle Physics - 2e,
B.R. Martin & G. Shaw

A constant theme of this course will be the role that symmetry plays in dictating the structure of particle physics. And, while it is true that particle physics and high energy physics are nearly synonymous, they are not quite the same thing. We will see that it is possible to do particle physics at very low energy (e.g. investigating the upper mass limit of the electron neutrino via nuclear beta decay), similarly, it is possible to do nuclear physics at very high energy (e.g. the EMC effect). While we will be spending a lot of time discussing high energy physics topics, the course will cover the breadth of particle physics, from low energy to high.

The table at right shows the three generations of elementary particles and four types of force-carrying particles which together make up the standard model of elementary particles. This ``standard model'' has enjoyed unprecedented success in explaining elementary particle interactions. Yet, there are deeper mysteries that are yet undiscovered. For example, we see a striking similarity between the organization of the leptons and quarks. Symmetries such as these indicate a deeper organization of matter that future generations may uncover.

List of Topics to be covered:

Some Sites That You Should Look At:

Home Pages of Some Major High Energy Physics Laboratories

These sites carry summaries of their lab's current scientific programs, major detector collaborations, recent major discoveries, and their plans for the near future.

And of course, let us not forget that particle physics invented the world wide web.
Read up on the early history of the WWW at CERN.

98.03.04 - G.M. Huber / updated 02.02.27