|PHYS5720: Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
|Textbooks (and how to use them):|
material covered in this course is rather wide and most are still under
rapid development, no single textbook is ideal and you should
treat them more as a guide to the subject.
All textbooks listed here can be found on the reserved shelf in the Physics Library.
last couple of lectures will be on the "traditional" nuclear physics,
covering basics such as nuclear bulk properties, nuclear radioactive
decays and applications. The material is selected from Nuclear and Particle Physics, an introduction, 2nd edition, by B.R. Martin.
Particle PhysicsThe majority of the lectures will focus on particle (high energy) physics. These lectures will follow Griffiths, David J., Introduction to Elementary Particles,
Second, Revised Edition, (Wiley-Vch,
ISBN: 978-3-527-40601-2), available at the UVa bookstore for $105.
A more advanced book is Quarks and Leptons, An Introductory Course in Modern Particle Physics, by
F. Halzen & A.D. Martin, ISBN 0-471-88741-2. The texts of this book
are rather concise and to the point, and may provide more intuitive
views for some topics. In fact, if you
are planning to go to graduate school and major in nuclear and/or
(high-energy) physics, you will find this book an inevitable. However,
I personally find this book does not provide enough working knowledge
for beginners, hence is not officially adopted for this course. If any
material is used from this book, it will be included in the lecture
notes and will be provided online.