Relativistic wave equations with their predictions of anti-particles and fermion spin will be explored. The fundamental role of gauge symmetries in current theories of force will lead to the study of the standard model of particle physics including the symmetry breaking higgs mechanism. The importance of the most recent collider experiments such as LEP, the Tevatron and the upcoming LHC will be addressed through 6 guest lectures by experts in the field from RAL.
Finally theories of particle physics beyond the standard model will be briefly investigated concentrating on their motivations and testable consequences.
Pre-requisites: PHYS3002 AND PHYS3004 AND PHYS3007 AND PHYS3008