Physics 686 -- PHENOMENOLOGY OF PARTICLE PHYSICS -- Fall 2016

Instructor: Professor S. Martin
Office: 214 La Tourette
email: spmartin@niu.edu
Office hours: M,Tu,W,F 10:00 to 11:30 (or whenever you can find me).

Class meetings: M,W,F 9:00-9:50, 227 La Tourette

Textbook: Lecture notes distributed instead of an official text. The lecture notes are available on request to registered and auditing NIU students.

Another important resource is the Particle Data Group's ``Review of Particle Properties" and its on-line version. You can even order your own free hard copy there. The whole RPP is a very large file, but individual sections can also be downloaded.

You may also want to look at one or more of the books listed in the Appendix of the lecture notes. However, I will not closely follow any of these books.

Grading: Homework sets assigned about once per week will account for 100% of your course grade. Neatness, organization, and clarity count! Homeworks should be submitted on single-sided paper. Electronic submission of homework is not allowed. Late penalty policy: 10% off for each day after the due date, up to 1 week; 100% off after 6 days. Late means after 4:30 PM. You are encouraged to consult with each other and/or with outside sources on the homework. However, do not turn in anything that you have simply copied, or anything that you do not completely understand.

Graduate catalog description: Advanced topics in the standard model of quarks, leptons, gauge bosons and their fundamental interactions. Particle production and decay phenomenology.

Syllabus

Homework #1 assignment (due Wednesday, August 31, 2016)

Homework #2 assignment (due Friday, September 9, 2016)

Homework #3 assignment (due Friday, September 16, 2016)

Homework #4 assignment (due Monday, September 26, 2016)

Homework #5 assignment (due Wednesday, October 5, 2016)

Homework #6 assignment (due Wednesday, October 19, 2016)

Homework #7 assignment (due Monday, October 31, 2016)

Homework #8 assignment (due Monday, November 7, 2016)

Homework #9 assignment (due Monday, November 14, 2016)

Homework #10 assignment (due Tuesday, November 22, 2016, but accepted without penalty until November 28.)

Homework #11 assignment (due Wednesday, December 7, 2016.)