NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE PHYSICS

The objective of the course is to acquire introductory and basic knowledge of the theory of nuclear and particle physics, and of the experimental tools at play in these domains.

The topics covered include:

- Cross sections
- Symmetries and conservation laws, discrete symmetries (C, P, T)
- Properties of the atomic nucleus
- A basic semi-empirical and classical nuclear model (liquid drop)
- Basic quantum nuclear models (Fermi, shell model)
- Nuclear spectroscopy
- Radioactivity
- Nuclear energy
- The elementary particles and their interactions
- Particle accelerators and detectors
- Properties of elementary and composite particles; quantum numbers and selection rules
- The strong interaction: isospin, hadron phenomenology, the colour charge
- Features of the weak interaction
- The standard model of particle physics

The nuclear and particle physics course is given by Eli Ben-Haïm and José Ocariz.