Physics 684 - Intro to high energy physics (Spring 2020)

Professor Jahred Adelman

Monday/Wednesday 12:30-1:45

Office hours Faraday 219
Monday 10-1045 am, Friday 12-2 pm or by appointment


Griffiths 1.19, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8 due Feb 5

Griffiths 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 3.15, 3.16, 3.17, 3.25. Also: At the HERA collider, 27.5 GeV electrons collided head-on with 920 GeV protons. What was the center of mass energy? Due Feb 12

Griffiths 4.8, 4.10, 4.13, 4.29, 4.30, 4.38. Also send by email your proposed paper topic. Due Feb 19

Griffiths 6.8,6.12, 6.14 (use results of problem 6.9, which you don’t have to do) + 6.15. Also: if a 1 GeV muon neutrino is fired at a 1 m-thick block of iron-56 with density 7.87x10^3 kg/m3 and the average neutrino-nucleon cross section = 8x10^-39 cm^2, what is the probability that the neutrino interacts in the block? Due Feb 26

Griffiths 7.6,7.13,7.18,7.48,7.49 (use your answer to 6.8 for part e). Also, send me (using email) an outline of your presentation (can just be a text file, but it should be a complete outline). Looking for roughly one item per slide, and remember that a good rule of thumb is one slide per minute (remember, it’s a 25 minute presentation) due March 23

Griffiths 8.17, 8.24. Also, draw the lowest order QCD diagrams for pp->2 jets. Finally, one important question for experimentalists: in what pT range are boosted topologies useful? For example, imagine a very high-pT, boosted W boson decaying to quarks. Show that the jet cone size containing the two quarks from its decay is roughly given by dR (really the cone diameter) roughly 2*mW / pT. Due April 6

Griffiths 9.5,9.16,9.29,9.30,9.31. Due April 20

Course Syllabus

Chapters 1-2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Final presentations

April 22 1230 pm: Alec Lancaster (Neutrino emission from the direction of the blazar TXS 0506+056 prior to the IceCube-170922A alert)

April 22 105 pm: Samuel Pate (Constraints on dark photons and axion-like particles from SuperCDMS Soudan)

April 27 1230 pm: Jonathan Maloney (Improved Sterile Neutrino Constraints from the Stereo Experiment with 179 Days of Reactor-On Data)

April 27 105 pm: Gretel Mercado (Measurement of neutron production in atmospheric neutrino interactions at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory)

April 29 1230 pm: Sarah Choate (Measurement of Atmospheric Tau Neutrino Appearance with IceCube DeepCore)

April 29 105 pm: Mark Mekosh (Observation of the associated production of a top quark and a Z boson in pp collisions at sqrt(s) = 13 TeV