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Introduction to Particles and Fields

Course number: 203-1-3421
Semester: B 2019
3.5 points

Lecturer: Yevgeny Kats
TA: Yoav Zigdon

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Course Plan

Week Topic Sources
Book sections for Sunday | Tuesday
1 Introduction (no reading) | (B.1-B.3.0), C.1-C.2
2 C.3 | C.4.1-C.4.2, 1.1, (1.2.1-1.2.2), 1.2.3
3 1.2.3-1.3.1, (C.4.3), 1.3.2 | 1.3.2-1.3.3
4 1.3.3 | 1.4.2, 1.5.1
5 1.5.2 | 1.6.2
6 1.6.2, B.3.1-B.3.2 | 1.5.2, 1.6.3
7 2.1-2.2 | בחירות
8 חופשת פסח
9 חופשת פסח
10 2.2 | 2.2-2.3.1
11 ---- | review
12 2.3.1, 2.3.3 | (3.1-3.3), (5.4)
13 (5.4) | 2.4.3.2, 4.3.1
14 2.5.2.4 | יום הסטודנט
15 8.1.2 | 8.1.1, 8.1.3, (8.3.3.1)
16 י8.3.3-8.3.4.1 | שבועות
17 (8.3.5-8.3.6.1) | 8.3.6.1

Office hours

Name Day Hours Building/Room E-mail
Yevgeny Kats Sunday 12:10-13:10 54/328 katsye@bgu.ac.il
Yoav Zigdon Monday 17:00-18:00 54/319 yoavzig@post.bgu.ac.il

Lecture/Tutorial

Group What? Name Day Hours Building/Room
1 Lecture Yevgeny Kats Sunday
Tuesday
16:10-17:00
17:10-19:00
28/203
34/18
11 TA Yoav Zigdon Sunday 17:10-18:00 28/203

Class Exercises

# Published Topic Exercise Solution
1 24/02/2019 Natural Units, Rotations, Kinematics
2 03/03/2019 Lorentz transformations, Indices
3 10/03/2019 Gamma matrices, Electromagnetic Lagrangian
4 17/03/2019 The Scalar Quantum Field
5 24/03/2019 Conserved Currents and Symmetries
6 31/03/2019 Electric Charge Conservation from Symmetry
7 07/04/2019 Fermions Coupled to Bosons with SU(N) Symmetry
8 28/04/2019 Non-Abelian SU(N) Symmetry, Chirality and Helicity of Fermions
9 12/05/2019 The Higgs Mechanism
10 19/05/2019 Feynman Diagrams, Cross Sections and Decay Rates
11 26/05/2019 The Decay Rate of the Z Boson
12 02/06/2019 Cross Section and Decay Rate of Real Scalar Fields
13 16/06/2019 Mesons: Decay Rates and Cross Sections

Home Exercises:

# Published Topic Exercise Solution Deadline upload
1 24/02/2019 Natural Units, Boosts, Kinematics 10/03/2019
2 03/03/2019 Poincare Algebra, Indices 17/03/2019
3 10/03/2019 Euler Lagrange equations, Lorentz group 24/03/2019
4 18/03/2019 Free Scalar Quantum Field Theory 01/04/2019
5 24/03/2019 Conserved Currents and Symmetries 08/04/2019
6 31/03/2019 Symmetries, Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking 29/04/2019
7 07/04/2019 Abelian and Non-Abelian Symmetries 09/05/2019
8 28/04/2019 Fermion Spin, Mass Term and Chirality, Projectors Identities 13/05/2019
9 12/05/2019 The Standard model: Symmetries, Kinetic Terms; Neutrino Masses 27/05/2019
10 19/05/2019 Feynman Diagrams, Decay Rates 03/06/2019
11 26/05/2019 Decays Rates, Leptonic and Baryonic Conservation Laws 10/06/2019
12 07/06/2019 QCD: Symmetries, Hadron Masses and Decays 21/06/2019
13 02/07/2019 Exam A
14 24/07/2019 Exam B

Course Policy

Additional information



Textbooks

The lectures will mainly follow the textbook

The 2007 edition is available as an eBook through the library.
The 2013 edition is available as a book in the library.
The two editions are similar, except that the 2013 edition is updated with the discovery of the Higgs boson and some typos (see here and corrected appendix C here) were corrected.

Additional books that some of you might find useful:

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