Physics module: Nuclear and particle physics
Lecturers and Teaching Assistants
Dr. Hagar Landsman
Course Schedule and Location
Thursday, 09:00 - 11:00, Weissman, Seminar Rm B
Field of Study, Course Type and Credit Points
Science Teaching (non thesis MSc Track): Lecture; Obligatory; 2.00 points
Attendance and participation
Scheduled date 1
Estimated Weekly Independent Workload (in hours)
- Radiation detection and measurement
- Measurement of nuclear and particle properties, with examples from electron scattering and emission of electromagnetic radiation.
- Properties of hadrons, internal symmetries and strong forces, with emphasis on isospin and nuclear interactions.
- Bulk properties of nuclei: sizes, masses and shapes. Infinite nuclear and neutron matter.
- Liquid drop and shell models of nuclei. Nuclear decay modes, including alpha, beta and fission decay.
- The particle zoo and the hunt for constituents. Quark model of hadrons, flavour and colour.
- Gauge theories of strong and electroweak interactions. The standard model.
- Astrophysical consequences.
- Particle detectors and accelerator
- Experimental techniques in high energy physics.
* Subject to change as the course progresses.
Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate proficiency in the area of subatomic particles and their quantum dynamics.
- Explain such issues as the limits of nuclear binding, the role of internal quantum numbers and the main processes of decay with emphasis on conservation laws.
- Describe the standard model of particle physics.
- Describe the scientific goals, detection methods, analysis scheme and the challenges in several modern particle detectors.