**Admission Requirements**

Speciale Relativiteitstheorie, Klassieke Mechanica a, Classical Electrodynamics and Quantum Mechanics 2

**Description**

This course introduces the current understanding of elementary particles and their interactions.

It starts with atoms, nuclei, nucleons and builds up towards a description of the Standard Model of Particle Physics. It introduces the known fundamental particles and provides a basic overview of the strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions as well as the conservation laws and symmetries in particle interactions. The course will also introduce the relevant tools and methods to experimentally investigate on the particles and their interactions.

The course covers the following topics:

Fundamental particles and interactions

Symmetries and conservation laws

Accelerators and Detectors

Particle interactions with matter

Scattering and decay processes and kinematics

Nuclear decays and kinematics

Form factors/Deep inelastic Scattering/Structure functions

Quark model of hadrons/strong interaction

Feynman diagrams

Weak interaction

Neutrino oscillations

**Course objectives**

After successfully completing this course you will be able to explain the topics listed above and can apply the concepts that are involved.

In particular you will be able to:

explain different nuclear models and calculate energy balances in nuclear decays

calculate the kinematics in particle decays and scattering

describe all known fundamental particles with their characteristics

describe the quark model and mixing

describe the characteristics of particle interactions (electromagnetic, weak, strong)

sketch Feynman diagrams of basic particle interactions

identify the associated interaction in a scattering or decay

explain the notion of Parity and Charge Conjugation and impact in particle interactions

explain the concept of helicity and chirality and impact in particle interactions

explain different detection methods used for particle physics experiments and judge in which cases those are appropriate

associate signals in a detector with distinct particle interactions

**Timetable**

**Mode of instruction**

Lectures

Exercise sessions

Excursion to Nikhef – National institute for Subatomic Physics (voluntary)

**Assessment method**

Written exam with short questions and calculations.

**Blackboard**

Lectures and exercises will be available on blackboard

To have access to Blackboard you need a ULCN-account.Blackboard UL

**Reading list**

Mandatory books:

1.Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics, David Griffith

2.Particles and Nuclei – An introduction to the Physical Concepts, Bogdan Povh, Klaus Rith, Christoph Scholz, Frank Zetsche, 7th edition, 2015

Contact: Maarten de Jong