Academic Year 2019/2020 - 1° Year - Curriculum NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE PHYSICS
Teaching Staff: Sebastiano Francesco ALBERGO
Credit Value: 6
Scientific field: FIS/04 - Nuclear and subnuclear physics
Taught classes: 42 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

The course is aimed to present to the student experimental particle physics. A detailed description of some of the fundamental experiments in the field is also given.

Course Structure

Four hours of lesson per week. Twelve weeks in total.

Detailed Course Content

  • Basic concepts
    • particles and quantum numbers
    • Fermions and bosons. Particles and antiparticles
    • Yukawa Forces
    • Relativistic Kinematics
    • Natural units

  • Particle Physics Experiments

​​ - muon neutrino discovery

- parity violation in beta and pion decay

- neutrino elicity measurement

- J/PSI discovery

- CP violation in K-long decay

- neutral currents and W-Z bosons discovery

- top quark discovery

- tau neutrino discovery

- OPERA experiment

  • Quark model and colors
    • Mesons and barions
    • Barion number, Isospin, Strangenes, Charmnes, Bottomnes, Topnes
    • colors;
    • asintotic freedom and confinement
    • hadron jets
    • vacuum polarization
    • J/Psi discovery
    • Charmonium and bottonium
    • Deep Inelastic Scattering e-e and e-p, Form factors, Structure function

  • weak interactions
  • beta decay
  • pion muon and kaon decay
  • parity violation
  • electroweak unification
  • Gargamelle experiments and neutral currents
  • UA1 e UA2 experiments - W and Z discovery


Quark mixing

Textbook Information

  1. Particle Physics, B.R. Martin, G. Shaw, John Wiley and Son
  2. A. Bettini – Elementary Particle Physics – Cambridge University Press 2008;
  3. G. Giacomelli – Kinematics of Particle Reactions - Physics Reports 26 (1987)285;
  4. D.H. Perkins, Introduction to High Energy Physics, D.H. Addison-Wesley
  5. R.N. Cahn, G.Goldhaber - The Experimental Fundation of Particle Physics – Cambridge University Press