Particle Physics

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Particle Physics

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Mathematics, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description:

    Syllabus Outline:
    The building blocks of matter; particle accelerators and detectors; natural units; invariance principles and
    conservation laws; spin and isospin, strangeness; group theory, SU(2) and SU(3); Lorentz covariance and 4
    vectors; antiparticles; Klein-Gordon equation; Dirac equation; Feynman diagrams; electron-electron scattering;
    pair annihilation; partons; quarks and quantum chromodynamics.

    Aims and Objectives:
    The aim of this introductory course in Particle Physics is to explore the historical development from the early
    days of Nuclear Physics through to the present picture in terms of the Standard Model of the structure of matter
    and forces in terms of quarks, leptons and gauge bosons. A student who successfully completes the course will
    understand the structure of the Standard Model in terms of Group Theory, the experimental background to this
    picture and the roles of conservation laws and symmetries in Particle Physics, and will also be aware of the
    limitations of the Standard Model.

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