Informations (semester 2020/21/1)
Classes
The course consists of 2x45 minutes of lectures every week, and an exercise class, organised as 2x45 minutes every two weeks. The language of the course is English.
Topics covered

Overview of scales in Nature. Special relativity. Classification of particles.

KleinGordon and Dirac equations.

Introduction to weak interactions. Beta decay, neutrino. Parity and CP violation. CPT symmetry.

Introduction to strong interactions. Isospin, strangeness. SU(3) quark model.

Relativistic field theory, canonical formalism, Noether theorem.

Basic principles of quantum field theory. Feynman rules.

Weak interactions: charged currents, FCNC and GIM mechanism. Flavour mixing. Neutrino oscillations.

NonAbelian gauge theories.

Fundamentals of quantum chromodynamics.

Spontaneous symmetry breaking, Goldstone theorem. Higgs mechanism.

Electroweak unification. The Standard Model. The Higgs boson.

Overview of latest developments and open problems in particle physics.
Necessary background
 Advanced mechanics (material of course BMETE15AF32)
 Quantum mechanics (material of course BMETE15AF49)
Recommended background
 Advanced quantum mechanics (material of course BMETE15AF36)
 Group theory (material of course BMETE11AF40)
Lecture notes
In preparation: a preliminary version is available (note: for technical reasons, the file is relatively large, over 100 MB).
If you find errors, mistakes or misprints, please enter the details into the error report form.
Examination requirements
To obtain the course signature, it is obligatory to participate at min. 70% of the exercise classes (which means at least 5 of the 7 fortnightly occasions).
There is a written test (ZH) at the end of the semester covering the exercise class, with a repeated occasion (pótZH). In case the written test is unsuccessful, there is a supplementary test for obtaining the pass mark (ppZH). Passing the test is a condition to obtain the course signature (i.e. admittance to the final exam).
The final exam is oral and covers the lecture material. It consists of one topic chosen randomly from the following
List of exam topics
and some short questions regarding the rest of the material. Preparation time is 45 minutes.
The final mark is a combination of the written and oral exams with equal weights.