Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics:

Modern Elementary Particle Physics and QCD


PHY 396J ,  Unique number 62345,  MWF 12-1, RLM 5.112

Instructor: C. Chiu, Office hours: MF 1-2. 

email:  (Please include Physics 396J on  the subject line)





  • A copy of Kane (textbook) is now on reserve (2hrs) in PMA library.
  • If you are interested in getting a course package of Kane through UT-Coop please get it asap. If there is not enough copies at Coop,  please let the Coop textbook office know, so that additional course copies can be printed.
  • If you would like to get a copy of Greiner et al (see Part II of our course plan, please purchase it either through UT-coop or on the web at your earliest convenience.)
  • Homework 1 is now available.
  • Latest news on the course package of Kane from UT-Coop: I just spoke to Custom Publishing. 10 more copies of the packages will be available on the shelf by Monday, Sept 4.
  • Sudarshan symposium: It will be on Nov 6-7, 2006 at UT Thompson Conference Center. For the symposium program please click here.  Notice  the Monday (Nov 6) morning session is on

 “V-A”: the universal  theory of weak interaction. It will begin with Professor Weinberg’s talk on

V-A was the key

and followed by talks given by Okubo, and by others.  The second session is on symmetries, … We encourage you to attend as many sessions as your time permit. In view of the fact that many talks in this symposium are closely related to our course, to encourage you to attend there, our class will not meet on Nov. 6.

v     Sudarshan symposium scholarship – an email from Prof. Markert.

  • Grading team #3: Katie is no longer a registered student this course. Presently team #3 is left with Moritz as the only grader in the team. I am looking for a volunteer from 3-grader teams, either from team #2 (i.e. the team who graded HW3)  or from team #5 (the team graded HW1), to help Moritz in grading HW#4, just in case he needs it.


Firstday handout


Homework assignments: grading teams


  • HW1   (due Monday, 9/11, noon)
  • HW2  (due Monday, 9/25, noon)
  • HW3: Kane 7.1, 7.2, 7.4, 7.5. 2pts each.  (Due Wed, 10/4, noon)
  • HW4  (due Monday, 10/16, noon)
  • HW5  (due Monday, 10/30, noon)
  • HW6  (due Monday, 11/13, noon)
  • HW7  (due Monday, 11/27, noon).

For users of Greiner first ed: (Thanks to Jane Pratt for providing following files)

·        Correspondence of pages in HW7: Click here.

·        Greiner, 2d ed: Sec. 5.3

Term paper: 

  • Outline: Due Monday Oct 23
  • Completed work: Due Monday, Nov 20.
  • Schedule of in class presentation: See the schedule chart below.


On your term paper: (10/24/2006)

The outlines which you had submitted are listed below. Please have your outline (or the updated version if  applicable) posted on your own website, and  email me the web address of your site.  In the subject line of your email please include: “Physics 396J term-paper outline website”.


I am pleased to see the wide range of particle physics topics covered. Please include information in your paper as current as you can. Several outlines show that the term papers will contain too much materials. At this point I would like to impose a limit on the length of your term paper. Including bibliography and footnotes, your term paper, (i.e. for the version you turn in, which is also the version that your peers will be reading) should not exceed 2500 words. The main objective of your term paper is to support your in class presentation. It should have manageable amount of material for your classmates to read on what you are going to present and to review what you have presented.


If there are additional materials which you would like to share with the class, they could also be included on your site. However, the additional information should not be counted as a part of your term paper.


Please look over the titles of outlines below, and also visit the websites of the outlines after the links become available. Coordinate with your classmates to avoid presenting the same material, especially in the area of accelerators and experiments and in the area of searching for Higgs.


As announced earlier, the term paper is required for all students registered in this class. Also all students are required to give an in class presentation except for those students who will be taking particle physics qualifier exam later on during this semester and the qualifier presentation is based on materials similar to those used in the term paper. While they are exempted from the in class presentation, your are encouraged to attend these qualifier exams, to listen to the presentations there. Please notify me right away if you belong to this category and I have not indicated it in the chart below. In any event, I need a notification from you not later than this Friday, i.e. Oct 27.  This will help me to finalize the schedule of  inclass presentation by this coming weekend. 


Your term paper will be due on Monday Nov 20, noon. Prior to the due time, your paper should be posted on the same website where your outline is posted. Your posting should remain available, at least until the end of the presentation period. A hardcopy of your term paper is due at the beginning of the class on Nov 20. Again this is applicable to all students who have registered in this course.


Let me reiterate that you are encouraged to consult the chart below and read each term paper before its  presentation and re-read it after the presentation. Keep in mind here our goal is that through peer instructions, you are going to learn current topics in particle physics, to supplement the textbooks of the course.


Updates: Remember that the class will be viewing your paper before your presentation. Should you have updates on your paper, be sure let me know so that I can pass along the information to the class. Also for grading purpose, you need to give me a hardcopy of the updated version (with "updated version" marked in front), so that I can include it in  my file.


Last part of the semester:


In class presentations: Current topics in particle physics




Student name

Brief title

Website   link

Qualifier time/place




Accelerators and experiments



Carl Knutson

Overview and CERN

click here



Peng Don


click here





Search for Higgs Boson



Shuqiang Yang

Accelerators and search for Higgs

click here



Becket Hui

Finding Higgs Boson


click here





DIS and Q2-dependence of F2



Brad Wray


click here



Quark-gluon matter and energy loss in medium



J. Pratt

Screening in quark gluon Plasma

click here




Nonperturbative QCD



Tim Coffey

Quark confinement

click here



Topics in particle physics which involves general relativity



Andrew Randono

A geometric origin for neutrino mass








Weak Interaction: theory, experiment and applications



Benton Pahlka

Neutrinoless double beta decay: theory and exp. considerations

click here



Derrick L. Tucker

UT-Austin Muon Tomography

click here






Man-Fung Cheung


DIS, BFKL and IIM model …


click here

Tu12/5, 2pm, RLM11.204




Weak Interaction: theory, experiment and applications



Moritz Nagel

Quark mixing angle (Cabibbo angle) and its consequences

click here



Topics in particle physics which involves general relativity



Mark Baumann

First steps in developing a theory in quantum gravity

click here






Laura Loiacono

Neutrino oscillation and measuring neutrino flux

click here


Wed12/6,1pm ENS 16N






Matt Haley

Energy loss in nuclear medium through radiation

click here

Th12/7,12:30 RLM11.204



C. Chiu

Concluding remarks         Course Instructor’s Survey