8.701 Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics


Class Info

The phenomenology and experimental foundations of particle and nuclear physics; the fundamental forces and particles, composites. Interactions of particles with matter, and detectors. SU(2), SU(3), models of mesons and baryons. QED, weak interactions, parity violation, lepton-nucleon scattering, and structure functions. QCD, gluon field and color. W and Z fields, electro-weak unification, the CKM matrix. Nucleon-nucleon interactions, properties of nuclei, single- and collective- particle models. Electron and hadron interactions with nuclei. Relativistic heavy ion collisions, and transition to quark-gluon plasma.

This class has 8.321 as a corequisite.

8.701 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by J. Formaggio.

Lecture occurs 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 26-414.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

You can find more information at the MIT Department of Physics site or on the 8.701 Stellar site.

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