WWW: This course
outline is maintained at hep.bu.edu/~kearns/py551.
Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30PM to 2:00 PM, SCI-B58.
for Wednesday, 11 AM to 12 PM, PRB-261. Full discussion sections will
be held often but sometimes irregularly and announced in class.
Syllabus: click here for the general
syllabus... updated as the course progresses.
is a detailed list of reading assignments following
the lecture schedule, also updated regularly.
Text: The official text for this course is Introduction
to Elementary Particles by D. Griffiths. This is a very
readable treatment, which should be valuable to all students who anticipate
continuing in the field. You may be able to borrow or purchase used copies
from previous students of PY551. The latest printing has a new cover but
is identical to the previous edition. However, it does not perfectly match
the content of the course, as later chapters focus on calculating processes,
but do not have sufficient description of the experimental measurements.
Also, it lacks entire sections of material that we will cover, such as
the interaction of radiation with matter and shower processes. Therefore,
there will also be considerable supplementary reading, handed out in class.
Treat this reading as seriously as you would assignments in the textbook.
Particle Physics Booklet by the Particle Data Group. Please
order your own copy from pdg.lbl.gov
(see ordering information- it's free!). Exams will be "open PDG booklet".
Serious students may also want to have a copy of the full 900 page Review
of Particle Physics for their desk (also free). At this time the PDG
seems to be out of the booklet! For now, use the online pages, we will
decide how to handle this over the next few weeks.
General references (on reserve):
- Particle Physics by Martin & Shaw (1997).
More elementary than Griffiths. Good for comparison and it is relatively
- Introduction to High Energy Physics by D. Perkins (4th Edition
This was the classic textbook for many years, and has been updated regularly.
- The Experimental Foundations of Particle Physics by Cahn &
A terrific reference, mixing exposition with classic papers. Unfortunately,
it is out-of-print, otherwise this would have been a likely text for
this course. Grab a copy if you see it at a used book store.
- Quarks and Leptons by Halzen & Martin
More advanced treatment of Feynman calculus than Griffiths, but still
accessible. A good reference for PY751/752. Recommended.
Experimental methods references
These books provide reference material, much more detailed than in standard
particle physics textbooks, on the technical details of detectors and
particle experimentation. They should be helpful for the assignments on
detectors, and serious experimental students may want to own their own
copy of one or two of these.
- Techniques for Nuclear and Particle Physics Experiments : A How-to
Approach by Leo
- Experimental Techniques in High Energy Physics by Ferbel
- Detectors for Particle Radiation by Kleinknecht
- Introduction to Experimental Particle Physics by Fernow
- The Physics of Particle Detectors by Green
Important WWW resources:
Group - all tables and writeups in full version are available online
- includes database
of high energy physics publications
Boston University HEP home page
- links to our research groups
Physics Links - our list of links to labs, journals, and other useful
Exams: to be
in class on the date assigned on the handout (typically one week). Late
assignments will not be graded.
Part of your course work will include a research project that will culminate
in a brief presentation in front of the class. Details to be announced.
Grades: 25% Exam
1, 25% Exam 2, 25% Presentation, 25% Homework
To be announced.
Quantum mechanics with time dependent perturbation theory. Please see
the instructor if their is any doubt.
Collaboration on homework is acceptable. The final written homework should
be your own attempt and not a copy of another students work. In some instances,
extensions will be allowed given good cause (sickness, unavoidable travel,
or serious conflicts with deadlines in another class). Extensions must
be granted in advance. For presentations, papers, or projects, it is essential
that you properly cite any external sources such as web pages, talks found
online, papers, preprints and so on. It is not acceptable to complete
a talk or paper simply by concatenating text and graphics from other sources.
This class is governed by the CAS Academic
Conduct Code. Please see the instructor if there is anything you need
clarified regarding these guidelines.