PHYS 490:
Nuclear and Particle Physics
Winter 2007

sno.phys.queensu.ca/~potato/phys_490.htm

Instructor:  

Tony Noble

Office:  

Stirling 208G

Contact:  

Phone   613-533-2679
email   potato@owl.phy.queensu.ca
WEB   sno.phy.queensu.ca/~potato/

Class:  

Mon   10:30 am - 11:30 am
Wed   09:30 am - 10:30 am
Fri      08:30 am - 09:30 am

Classroom:  

Stirling 412 B

Office hours:  

Mon    11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wed    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fri       11:30 am - 12:30 am


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News
Tutorials:
 
The tutorial will be held Monday April 16th at 10:00 am
 
The room will be Stirling 201
 
Old News: The midterm has been scheduled for Wednesday March 7th, 2007 from 7 pm to 9 pm. You will be allowed to bring a single sheet of letter size (8.5" x 11") paper with useful formula, notes, etc on it. You may use both sides. The midterm will cover all of the nuclear physics material covered before the reading week break.
 
 
 
Description

This course provides an introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics. The first half of the course will focus on nuclear physics, covering the basic properties of nuclear matter, nuclear models and their decay and interaction properties. The second part of the course will cover particle phenomenology, the quark model, the electroweak interactions, and future prospects.
Text

The course text book will be "Nuclear and Particle Physics" by W.S.C. Williams.
 
There are many other texts on the market that deal with this subject, and you will likely find it useful to consult a variety of texts to get the clearest understanding. I have found the following texts to be useful:
Teaching Assistants

The Markers for the course will be: Kelly Foyle and Yanguang Zhang . They will share the marking task for homework assignments.
Office: Kelly Foyle: Stirling 355
Office: Yanguang Zhang: Stirling 206a

Syllabus (click to expand lists)

 

Schedule

January 2007
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

 
1 2 3 4 5 6
7
 
8   Outline &
Basics
9
10   Nuclear Size 11   12   Atomic & Muonic xrays 13
14
 
15   Binding Energy & LDM 16   17   Radioactivity Basics 18   19   Types of Radioactivity 20
21
 
22   Nuclear Physics Applications 23   24   Nuclear Reactions 25   26   Nuclear Reactions II & Nucl Models Intro 27
28
 
29   Nuclear Models I 30   31   Nuclear Models II      

February 2007
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

 
1 2 Nuclear Models III 3
4
 
5   Parity. Mag Mom 6 7   Excited states. Quad M 8   9   Gamma Decay 10
11
 
12   Gamma Decay BR & Fission 13   14 ♥   Fusion 15   16   Nuclear Physics in Canada 17
18
 
19
B
20
R
21
E
22
A
23
K
24
25
 
26   Introduction to particles 27   28   Symmetries      

March 2007
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

 
1   2   Quark Model 3
4
 
5   Group Theory & Quarks 6
7   Colour & QCD  Midterm! 8   9   C,P,T  10
11
 
12   Feynman Diagrams I 13   14   Feynman Diagrams II  15   16   Feynman "Calculation 17
18
 
19   Dirac Equation  20   21   Weak Interactions I  22   23   Weak Interactions II  24
25
 
26   Weak Interactions &  Neutrinos  27   28   QCD:  Gluons  29   30   QCD: Heavy Bound States  31  

April 2007
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1  
2   Final Comments on Standard Model  3   4    Beyond the Standard Model    
Last Class !!
5   6   Stat Holiday
No more 8:30
7  
8
 
9   10   11   12   Exam Period
Begins
13   14
15
 
16   17   18   Phys 490/891 Exam 19   20   21
22
 
23   24   25   26   27   28Exam Period
Ends
29
 
30              


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Marks

Homework assignments 25%   ( Phys 490 undergraduates only )

There are 10 homework assignments worth 25% total. All assignments must be handed in before the beginning of the class on the due date. Late assignments will lose 20% of their value per day late. Marked assignments will be returned in class. It may be useful to have discussions with your peers about the homework assignments, but the work handed in must be your own work. Assignments which show signs of duplication will have marks deducted.

 

Assignment Handed-out Due Date Answers
Assignment 1 Jan 12 Jan 19 Solutions 1
Assignment 2 Jan 19 Jan 26 Solutions 2
Assignment 3 Jan 26 Feb 2 Solutions 3
Assignment 4 Feb 2 Feb 9 Solutions 4
Assignment 5 Feb 9 Feb 16 Solutions 5
Assignment 6 Mar 2 Mar 12 Solutions 6
Assignment 7 Mar 11 Mar 16 Solutions 7
Assignment 8 Mar 16 Mar 23 Solutions 8
Assignment 9 Mar 23 Mar 30 Solutions 9
Assignment 10 Mar 31 Apr 9 Solutions 10

Phys 891 Graduate Students Only
In addition to the above assignments, the graduate students taking the course are expected to complete a term report. The assignments will carry a weight of 15%, and the term report will be worth 10%. The exams will carry the same weights for all students.
 
The reports will be "A summary of the current status of subatomic physics in Canada". I would like you to review the major efforts in particle physics, nuclear physics, astroparticle physics and theoretical subatomic physics (in the Canadian program). Describe the main research efforts, and what will be their impact on our knowledge of physics. For references. I suggest you use the four documents listed below. These were briefs presented to the Canadian subatomic physics Long Range Planning committee in 2005. They Include a discussion of the science, which you should concentrate on, plus sections on costs and demography, which you can safely ignore. The documents are:

The reports should be 10 - 15 pages long. The due date will be: April 9th, 2007

 
Examinations  75%

The midterm examination is worth 25%.

The midterm has been scheduled for Wednesday March 7th, 2007 from 7 pm to 9 pm in Stirling 412.

 

The final examination is worth 50%.

(This exam is comprehensive, covering material from the entire term.)

The final exam will be scheduled by Queen's Administration. The time and date will be announced when they are known.
The Final has been scheduled for Wednesday April 18th, 2007 from 7 pm to 10 pm

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