CODE 
61872 
ACADEMIC YEAR 
2019/2020 
CREDITS 
6 credits during the 1st year of 9012 PHYSICS (LM17) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR 
FIS/01 
LANGUAGE 
Italian 
TEACHING LOCATION 
GENOVA
(PHYSICS) 
SEMESTER 
2° Semester 
PREREQUISITES 
Prerequisites
You can take the exam for this unit if you passed the following exam(s):
 PHYSICS 9012 (coorte 2018/2019)
 NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE PHYSICS AND ASTROPHYSICS 2 61847
 THEORETICAL PHYSICS 61842
 MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN PHYSICS 61843
 MATTER PHYSICS 2 61844
 PHYSICS 9012 (coorte 2019/2020)
 NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE PHYSICS AND ASTROPHYSICS 2 61847
 THEORETICAL PHYSICS 61842
 MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN PHYSICS 61843
 MATTER PHYSICS 2 61844

TEACHING MATERIALS 
AULAWEB 
OVERVIEW
The course aims to deepen some of the topics that are at the heart of modern research in particle physics.
AIMS AND CONTENT
LEARNING OUTCOMES
The aim of the course is to present the basic analytical tools and the phenomenological bases of modern particle physics, through various examples and applications.
AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES
 introducing basic tools to understand modern particle physics and the necessary prerequisite to achieve an understanding of particle physics based on quantum mechanics and relativity
 introducing modern particle physics from a phenomenological viewpoint
 introducing to techniques and methods to study elementary particles’ properties and their interactions, with particular focus on the theory and phenomenology of strong interactions.
 discussing open problems in highenergy physics
 all topics are complemented by examples and applications
TEACHING METHODS
Blackboard lectures accompanied by examples and exercises. For some presentations on phenomenological topics slides will also be used.
SYLLABUS/CONTENT
The course syllabus is divided into two parts of approximately 24 hours each:
PART A: The instruments of particle physics (Alessandro Petrolini).
 Review of the Standard Model.
 Complements of Quantum Mechanics. Examples and Applications.
 Complements of Relativistic Mechanics. Lorentz invariance. Relativistic kinematics. Examples and Applications.
 Decays, Scattering and matrix S. Momentum and helicity eigenstate. Decay width and cross section. Phase space. Outline of perturbative methods and Feynman diagrams. Examples and Applications.
 Symmetries. Continuous symmetries. Discrete symmetries. Symmetries and scattering amplitudes. Examples and Applications.
 The properties of the particles and their determination. Conservation Laws. Partial Wave analysis. Examples and Applications.
PART B: Phenomenology of strong interactions (Simone Marzani).
 Review of hadronic physics and the quark model. Review of the parton model.
 Quantum electrodynamics (QED) as a gauge theory. Perturbation theory and Feynman rules.
 Quantum chromodynamics (QCD) as a nonAbelian gauge theory. Feynman rules. Similarities and differences with QED.
 Properties of QCD: asymptotic freedom and confinement. The running coupling constant.
 Study of strong interactions in electronpositron collisions. Inclusive crosssection and R ratio.
 Introduction to the concept of jets and event shapes. Measurements of the strong coupling constant.
 Study of strong interactions in electronproton collisions. The parton model in the light of QCD. Radiative corrections and DGLAP equations.
 Introduction to the study of strong interactions with hadronic colliders.
RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY
 Thomson: Modern Particle Physics, Cambridge University Press
 Halzen, Martin: Quarks and Leptons, Wiley
 Ellis, Stirling, Webber: QCD and Collider Physics, Cambridge University Press
TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD
Office hours: Please fix an appointment by email.
Exam Board
SIMONE MARZANI (President)
ALESSANDRO PETROLINI (President)
CARLA BIGGIO
MARCO PALLAVICINI
GIOVANNI RIDOLFI
LESSONS
TEACHING METHODS
Blackboard lectures accompanied by examples and exercises. For some presentations on phenomenological topics slides will also be used.
Class schedule
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
EXAMS
EXAM DESCRIPTION
Written test with exercises aimed at verifying the concepts of the first part of the course. The oral exam instead consists of a discussion of the written test and an interview aimed at verifying the topics covered in the second part of the course.
ASSESSMENT METHODS
The written exam contains exercises both of a theoretical nature, aimed at verifying the comprehension of the arguments developed in class, and of applicative nature. In the latter case, the resolution of numerical problems aims to verify that the student is familiar with the concepts discussed in class and he/she can apply them to solve physical problems. The oral exam, of a duration of about 30 minutes, instead consists essentially in the exposition of one of the topics addressed during the study of strong interactions.