Lecture Contents

1)      The subatomic physics: radioactivity and the discovery of electron (CDEL*, Ch. 1 and 2)

2)      Scattering experiments. Cross section (CDEL, Sec. 3.1-3.6)

3)      The discovery of the atomic nucleus, the discovery of the proton and the neutron (CDEL, Ch. 3.7-3.10)

4)      The passage of radiation in matter (CDEL, Sec. 4.1-4.9)

5)      Particle detectors (CDEL, chap. 4.10)

6)      Interactions and particles (CDEL, Sec. 5.1-5.3)

7)      Strong interactions and Yukawa's hypothesis (CDEL, Sec. 5.4-5.7)

8)      Decay laws. Breit and Wigner formula (CDEL, Ch. 5.8-5.10)

9)      Cosmic rays and the discovery of the positron (CDEL, Sec. 6.1-6.2)

10)  Pions and muons (CDEL, Sec. 6.3-6.4)

11)  Strange particles (CDEL, chap. 6.5)

12)  Particle accelerators (CDEL, chap. 6.6)

13)  The discovery of the antiproton (CDEL, chap. 6.7)

14)  Neutrinos (CDEL, chap. 6.8)

15)  The parity. Symmetries C and T (CDEL, Sec. 7.1-7.3)

16)  Parity violation(CDEL, chap. 7.4)

17)  Isospin (CDEL, chap. 7.5)

18)  Hadronic resonances (CDEL, chap. 7.6)

19)  The quark model (CDEL, chap. 7.7)

20)  Property of nuclei: the masses and stability (CDEL, chap. 8)



1.      *Carlo Dionisi ed Egidio Longo, Dispense del corso di Fisica Nucleare e Subnucleare, http://www.roma1.infn.it/people/longo/fnsn/testo.html (CDEL).


Other bibliography:


2.      R.H. Cahn e G. Goldhaber, The experimental Foundations of Particle Physics, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2nd Edition, 2011 (CG).

3.      D. Griffiths, Introduction to Elementary Particles, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2nd Edition (2008) (DG).

4.      A. Das and T. Ferbel, Introduction to Nuclear Particle Physics, World Scientific, Singapore, 2nd Edition (2009).


More advanced bibliography:


5.      J. Beringer et al. (Particle Data Group), The Review of Particle Physics, Phys. Rev. D86, 010001 (2012) (PDG).

6.      D.H. Perkins, Introduction to High Energy Physics, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2nd Edition (2000).

7.      B. Povh et al., Particles and Nuclei, Springer Verlag, DE, 2nd Edition (2004) (BP).

8.      Y.Kirsh & Y. Ne'eman, The Particle Hunters, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2nd Edition (1996) (KN).

9.      F. Halzen and A. Martin, Quarks and Leptons: An introductory course in Modern Particle Physics, Wiley and Sons, USA, Edition (1984).


Particle Detectors Bibliography:


10.  William R. Leo, Techniques for Nuclear and Particle Physics Experiments, Springer Verlag (1994) (LEO).

11.  C. Grupen, B. Shawartz, Particle Detectors, Cambridge University Press (2008) (CS).

12.  The Particle Detector Brief Book http://physics.web.cern.ch/Physics/ParticleDetector/Briefbook/ (BB).