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Ann E Nelson
PHYS 558
Seattle Campus

High Energy Physics

Second quarter of a three-quarter series. Phenomenology of the standard model of strong and electro-weak interactions, including an introduction to Feynman diagrams. Prerequisite: PHYS 519; recommended: PHYS 520; PHYS 521, both of which may be taken concurrently. Offered: W.

Class description

This quarter physics 558 will be taught from a perspective alternating between theory, phenomenology, and experiments on both the energy and the intensity frontiers. The textbook: Chris Quiggs "Gauge Theories of the Strong, Electromagnetic and Weak interactions" covers most of the topics we will discuss in the course, although some additional reading will be recommended.

Student learning goals

Understand the underlying theories of the strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions.

Use effective theories to describe low energy weak and strong interactions of hadrons.

Understand how due to asymptotic freedom perturbative qcd describes quark and gluon physics at short distances

General method of instruction

reading, lectures and doing problems.

Recommended preparation

The quarter will be self-contained, and physics 557 is not a prerequisite, but physics 570 or some familiarity with Quantum Field Theory will be helpful.

Class assignments and grading

problems sets and reading.

The course grade will be based on six problem sets.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Ann E Nelson
Date: 12/22/2013