University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Phys 4511.001

Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics

Session: Spring 2015 (1/20-5/08)
Instructor: Dan Cronin-Hennessy (e-mail: croni028 @ umn.edu)
Time: 1300 TTh
Location: Phys 236A

This course is a survey of nuclear and particle physics for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students. It explores the common roots and tools of the nuclear (medium energy) and particle (high energy) fields. The main objective is to develop an understanding of the Standard Model of quarks, leptons and the fundamental interactions of the universe. Mathematical rigor is not an essential feature, but the ability to do calculations of particle and nuclear phenomena is an important goal. The knowledge and skills learned in Physics 1302W or 1402V as well as those from Physics 4101 are assumed. Specific topics include the techniques of particle and nuclear experiments, properties and simple models of nuclei, fundamental interactions and their mediators, quarks and leptons, symmetries and tests of conservation laws, indications of physics beyond the Standard Model, and future projects.

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