# NUCLEI AND PARTICLES

## LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE COURSE UNIT

At the end of this course, the student is expected to:

- know the fundamental properties of matter at the nuclear and subnuclear scale;

- know the main experimental methods employed in nuclear and particle physics;

- know the main experiments of the past and understand their conceptual impact on the advance of knowledge;

- being able to compute cross sections and decay rates for simple processes;

- being able to apply symmetry principles and conservation laws to problems of nuclear and particle physics.

## PREREQUISITES

Basic knowledge of classical physics, quantum mechanics and special relativity.

## COURSE CONTENTS SUMMARY

Nuclei and Elementary Particles Physics

## RECOMMENDED READINGS

Notes by the lecturer;

B.R. Martin, "Nuclear and Particle Physics - an introduction". Wiley, 2009;

A. Bettini, "Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics", Cambridge U.P. 2014;

B. Povh et al, "Particles and Nuclei", Springer, 1995

## ASSESSMENT METHODS AND CRITERIA

The evaluation of the student's learning will be articulated in two parts:

1) a written test, divided in two sections: a multiple choice quiz and some exercises.

2) an interview on the subjects of the course.

During the course there will be two intermediate written tests. If both of them are passed, the student may opt for skipping the written test "1)" above.

The final evaluation will be obtained by summing the results of the written tests to +/- 3 points obtained from the oral exam.

## TEACHING METHODS

Lectures.

Classroom discussions, lead by students, of the exercises assigned as homework.

## COURSE CONTENTS

Introduction: fundamental constituents of matter, fundamental interactions, symmetries and conservation laws, units;

First part: nuclear physics

- General properties of nuclei;

- Nuclear stability;

- Nuclear scattering;

- Geometrical properties of nuclei;

- Nuclear force:nucleon-nucleon scattering, the Deuteron;

- Nuclear structure: Fermi gas model, shell model, beta decay;

- Nuclear thermodynamics: primordial nucleosynthesis and stellar nucleosynthesis;

Second part: elementary particle physics;

- Nucleons, leptons and mesons;

- Dirac equation and antimatter;

- Symmetries: generalities, C, P, and T, lepton and baryon number, isospin;

- relativistic kinematics;

- Lie groups;

- Hadrons and resonances;

- Quark model;

- Quantum electrodynamics;

- Deep-inelastic scattering;

- Nucleon structure: from parton model to QCD;

- Weak interactions;

- Neutrinos: mixings, oscillations and masses.