Introduction to Particle Physics I
Autumn 2018 - Period I
Lectures: Prof. Risto Orava
Monday 16-18 Exactum B119 + Wed 12-14 Exactum B120
Exercises: Mikael Mieskolainen
Wed 16-18 Exactum B120
Oral exam, can be done in pairs! Time/place TBD
2019: Students interested in advanced LHC stuff can start with: GRANIITTI
- Algorithmic Engine and Monte Carlo event generator by MM
are done in
pairs. Find yourself an
If you can't find anyone, send me an email @cern.ch. Ps. Exercise
points are collected only
by being ready to present your
solutions/work on the blackboard.
Exercise 24.10: There was a typo (1/2 instead of -) in the exercise sheet (pseudorapidity formula).
Exercise 17.10: A high-tech question about Green's functions and vacuum expectation values. A suitable reference might be this classic paper by Wightman:
E/17:10: Some questions about SU(2), SO(3) and (half)-integer spin. Simple answer,
integer spin particles (bosons) pick no multiplicative minus sign (-1) under 2π rotations, half integer particles do. This is the 'physical reason'
why SO(3) is enough only for 3D-rotations, and for fermion (spinor) type phenomena we need SU(2).
Lie theory through examples
Lie groups in physics
Rotations through 2π
Symmetries in quantum mechanics
Alternative study material
Inelastic Scattering: Experiments on the proton and the observation of
scaling [link updated]
IPPP - Quarks and Leptons
Phenomenology: Basic Knowledge and
Feynman diagrams for
Formal Course Outline (5 ECTS)
- Underlying concepts
- Decay rates and cross sections
- The Dirac equation
- Interaction by particle exchange
- Electron-positron annihilation
- Electron-proton elastic scattering
- Deep inelastic scattering
- Symmetries and the quark model
- Grading is from 1 to 5. Exercises are 30% of the total
There is an oral final exam at the end of the course.
- M. Thomson,
Modern Particle Physics, Cambridge University
- F. Halzen, A.D. Martin,
Quarks and Leptons , John Wiley & Sons 1984.
- D. Griffiths, Introduction to elementary
John Wiley & Sons 1987.
- M. Peskin, D. Schroeder,
An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory,
Westview Press 1995.
- I. Aitchison, A. Hey,
Gauge Theories in Particle Physics, Taylor & Francis 2004.
- A. Seiden,
Particle Physics: A Comprehensive Introduction, Addison-Wesley 2004.
- O. Nachtmann,
Elementary Particle Physics, Springer-Verlag 1990.