Introduction to subatomic physics and astroparticle physics. Chapters 1 through 6 plus sections 7.1, 7.2, 8.5 and 8.6 from the book "Introduction to elementary particles" by D.J. Griffiths will be discussed. In a supplementing syllabus a number of related topics from the standard physics curriculum are summarized and several historical events/discoveries (beyond the ones described in Griffiths) are presented.
- Big bang and elementary particles: 'macroscopy' versus 'fermiscopy',|
- Theory of special relativity and relativistic kinematics,
- Particles, waves and fields,
- The atomic nucleus and particle decay,
- Rutherford scattering and the theory of scattering,
- Electromagnetic, strong and weak interactions,
- Matter – antimatter asymmetry
- Baryons en mesons: the quark model,
- Particle accelerators,
- W± en Z0 : carriers of the weak force; experiments,
- The Standard Model and the discovery of the top quark and Higgs boson
- Structure of the proton: the quark-parton model; experiments,
- Electron-positron annihilation; precision measurements,
- Particles and matter: detection principles,
- Detectors in high energy particle and astro-particle physics.