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Introductory Particle &

Nuclear Physics

Physics 595
(substitutes for 495)

Spring 2008
32354 (3)

A survey from a historical perspective. Emphasis on the importance of experiment to physics and the use of symmetry principles to understand observations. Although having studied scattering theory, field theory, and group theory would be useful, no prior knowledge of these subjects is assumed. Undergraduates welcome.

Professor: Rubin H Landau

Teach Assist: NA

Midterms: 25 April,
 12 May

499 Weniger Hall
Preq: PH 429, PH 441, PH 451 Syllabus & Problems

Final: Presentation only

Lectures MWF  11:00-11:50

Weniger 304 Rec (optional): TBA Office: MWF 9:15-10:30

Text: Subatomic Physics, 3rd Ed, Henley & Garcia, World Scientific, 2007

Homework Sets:

Late homework will not be accepted, except for the following reasons: illness and/or an emergency such as a death in your family. If you want to turn your homework in late, then you must contact the instructor before the it is due, or as soon after it is due as possible. You must get approval. Approval is not automatic.

Academic Integrity:

All students are expected to uphold the highest standards of honesty and integrity in their academic work. All graded work, including homework problems, is to be done on an individual basis. Any incidence of academic dishonesty will be dealt with in accordance with OSU policies.

Students with Disabilities:

Students with documented disabilities who need special accommodations should make an appointment with the instructors as soon as possible to discuss the accommodations. You are encouraged to discuss assignments with the instructors and other students. However, even if you work in a group, you need to understand all work that you hand in. When you place your name on an assignment, we view it as a signed statement that it is your work and that if asked to, you can explain it. Handing in another student's assignment without acknowledgement is academic dishonesty and will result in an F grade for the entire course.

Final Project

Students are required to write and present a report on recent journal articles in the field of subatomic physics as their final assignment. The report must be 3 to 5 pages in length, typed, double-spaced and include references or footnotes pointing back to the articles that were read. The report is due ?? June.

Final Grades:

Attendance & Participation 5%, Midterms 40%, Final Project 5%, Homework 50%. 


Particle Data Group (tables and more):     Cornell e-print archive:    High Energy Physics Literature Database:     NASA Astrophysics Data System:

Books on Reserve:

Nuclear and particle physics,  Frauenfelder, Hans, Henley, Ernest M. , QC793.2 .F68, W.A. Benjamin,
Invariance principles and elementary particles, Sakurai, Jun John, Princeton University Press, 1964, QC793.3.S9 S3
Concepts of particle physics, Gottfried, Kurt, Weisskopf, Victor Frederick; Clarendon Press; Oxford Uni, QC793.2 .G68 1984
Introduction to elementary particles, Griffiths, David J. Harper & Row, c1987, Q2522 H34 1984
Quarks and leptons : an introductory course in modern particle, Halzen, Francis, Martin, Alan D., Wiley, c1984,
Quantum mechanics II : a second course in quantum theory, Landau, Rubin H., J. Wiley, 1990, QC174.12 .R356 1990
Particles & Nuclei, Povh,B, Springer, 2006, QC776 .T4513 1999