Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This is an optional module that is open to any student in the third year of any single- or dual-honours Physics or Astrophysics degree programme. The module covers a range of topics in elementary particle physics, including the ingredients and the physical structure of the Standard Model; lepton phenomenology and neutrino physics; the quark model for the internal structures of baryons and mesons; experimental evidence for quarks; and aspects of quantum chromodynamics and electroweak unification. It also gives an introduction to the physics and the operation of linear and circular particle accelerators. It builds upon some fundamentals of special relativity and quantum mechanics, and elements of nuclear physics and particle phenomenology, that all Physics and Astrophysics students will have in common from their core studies in the first two years of their degrees. Assessment is by problem sheets, an essay (requiring some independent research) and an exam.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phy-30033/lists
This module aims to impart a working knowledge of fundamental topics and methods in elementary particle physics, and to enable quantitative understanding of recent advances in the field. It also explores the main physical and operational principles of particle accelerators.
Intended Learning Outcomes
detail the elementary particles, fundamental forces, symmetries and conservation laws of the Standard Model, and apply these to analyse particle reactions and decays;: 1,2use the quark model, isospin formalism and basic quantum mechanics to classify hadrons, determine their internal structures and explain their properties;: 1,2employ special relativity and quantum mechanics to calculate and analyse a range of physical phenomena, processes and experiments involving elementary and subatomic particles;: 1,2describe and apply some of the key ideas, empirical foundations and predictions of quantum theories for the strong and electroweak forces;: 1,2derive and use equations to calculate the relativistic and non-relativistic dynamics of particles, including within beams in linear and circular accelerators and colliders;: 1,2compare and contrast the operation and design principles, advantages and limitations of the main types of particle accelerators;: 1,3research and report on the physics of an application or an operational aspect of particle accelerators.: 31
Lectures: 24 hours (scheduled)Tutorials: 12 hours (scheduled)Completion of problem sheets and essay: 45 hours (estimated)Other private study (including exam revision): 67 hoursExam: 2 hours
1: Exam weighted 70%
Description of Module Assessment
Unseen examTwo-hour written examination. Students answer three questions from a choice of five. Questions test a mix of factual knowledge and problem-solving ability and can require mathematical and numerical calculations or descriptive answers or combinations thereof.2: Problem Sheets weighted 20%
Problem sheetsThree sets of mathematical and/or numerical and/or computational problems, with each set weighted equally in the total module mark.3: Essay weighted 10%
1000-word essayA 1000-word piece of scientific writing focusing on the physics of one industrial or scientific application or one operational aspect of particle accelerators. Requires research going beyond material delivered in lectures and assigned readings.