# Particle and Nuclear Physics

**Coordinated by:** Institute of Particle and Nuclear Physics

**Study branch coordinator:** prof. RNDr. Pavel Cejnar, Dr., DSc.

**Profile of graduates and study aims:**

Graduates have an advanced knowledge of particle and nuclear physics, in both experimental and theoretical domains. With a comprehensive grounding in quantum theory, they understand basic approaches to the description of the microscopic world and know experimental techniques for its study. They find employment mainly in fundamental experimental and theoretical research, but also in relevant applied research, e.g., in detector physics, nuclear medicine etc. Graduates are prepared to creatively develop the field of their scientific focus and to join international research teams. Experience in the application of advanced software tools also opens possibilities for employment in the field of information technologies.

#### 5.1 Recommended Course of Study

Prerequisite for this study programme is a bachelor-level knowledge of general physics, experimental methods, non-relativistic quantum mechanics, calculus and algebra.

*First year *

Code | Subject | Credits | Winter | Summer | |

NJSF041 | Experimental and Applied Nuclear Physics | 6 | 4/0 Ex | — | |

NJSF064 | Nuclear Physics | 7 | 3/2 C+Ex | — | |

NJSF105 | Elementary Particle Physics | 7 | 3/2 C+Ex | — | |

NJSF068 | Quantum Field Theory I | ^{1} | 9 | 4/2 C+Ex | — |

NJSF145 | Quantum Field Theory I | ^{1} | 9 | 4/2 C+Ex | — |

NJSF086 | Quarks, Partons and Quantum Chromodynamics | 6 | — | 2/2 C+Ex | |

NJSF037 | Microscopic Theory of Nuclei | 6 | — | 4/0 Ex | |

NJSF085 | Fundamentals of Electroweak Theory | 6 | — | 2/2 C+Ex | |

NSZZ023 | Diploma Thesis I | 6 | — | 0/4 C |

^{1} Students enrol in only one of these alternating courses.

*Second year *

Code | Subject | Credits | Winter | Summer | |

NJSF191 | Seminar on Particle and Nuclear Physics III | 3 | 0/2 C | — | |

NJSF192 | Seminar on Particle and Nuclear Physics IV | 3 | — | 0/2 C | |

NSZZ024 | Diploma Thesis II | 9 | 0/6 C | — | |

NSZZ025 | Diploma Thesis III | 15 | — | 0/10 C |

#### 5.2 Obligatory Courses

Code | Subject | Credits | Winter | Summer | |

NJSF041 | Experimental and Applied Nuclear Physics | 6 | 4/0 Ex | — | |

NJSF064 | Nuclear Physics | 7 | 3/2 C+Ex | — | |

NJSF105 | Elementary Particle Physics | 7 | 3/2 C+Ex | — | |

NJSF068 | Quantum Field Theory I | ^{1} | 9 | 4/2 C+Ex | — |

NJSF145 | Quantum Field Theory I | ^{1} | 9 | 4/2 C+Ex | — |

NJSF086 | Quarks, Partons and Quantum Chromodynamics | 6 | — | 2/2 C+Ex | |

NJSF037 | Microscopic Theory of Nuclei | 6 | — | 4/0 Ex | |

NJSF085 | Fundamentals of Electroweak Theory | 6 | — | 2/2 C+Ex | |

NJSF191 | Seminar on Particle and Nuclear Physics III | 3 | 0/2 C | — | |

NJSF192 | Seminar on Particle and Nuclear Physics IV | 3 | — | 0/2 C | |

NSZZ023 | Diploma Thesis I | 6 | — | 0/4 C | |

NSZZ024 | Diploma Thesis II | 9 | 0/6 C | — | |

NSZZ025 | Diploma Thesis III | 15 | — | 0/10 C |

#### 5.3 Elective Courses

The student needs to obtain at least 25 credits for courses from the following set.Code | Subject | Credits | Winter | Summer | |

## Quantum field theory | |||||

NJSF069 | Quantum Field Theory II | ^{1} | 9 | — | 4/2 C+Ex |

NJSF146 | Quantum Field Theory II | ^{1} | 9 | — | 4/2 C+Ex |

NJSF139 | Beyond Standard Model Physics I | 4 | 2/1 Ex | — | |

NJSF140 | Beyond Standard Model Physics II | 4 | — | 2/1 Ex | |

NJSF082 | Selected Topics on Quantum Field Theory I | 4 | 3/0 Ex | — | |

NJSF083 | Selected Topics on Quantum Field Theory II | 4 | — | 3/0 Ex | |

NTMF022 | Theory of Gauge Fields | 4 | 3/0 Ex | — | |

NJSF084 | Chiral Symmetry or Strong Interactions | 3 | — | 2/0 Ex | |

NJSF030 | Quantum Field Theory at Finite Temperature | 3 | — | 2/0 Ex | |

NJSF129 | Advanced Concepts of Symmetry | 5 | — | 2/2 Ex | |

NJSF142 | Theory of groups and algebras in particle physics | 4 | — | 2/1 Ex | |

## Theory of many-body systems | |||||

NJSF196 | Microcopic Theory of Nuclei II | 3 | 2/0 Ex | — | |

NJSF107 | Statistical Nuclear Physics | 3 | 2/0 Ex | — | |

NJSF193 | Collective Dynamics of Manybody systems | 3 | 2/0 Ex | — | |

NJSF031 | Classical and Quantum Chaos | 3 | — | 2/0 Ex | |

NJSF157 | Physics of few-body nuclear systems | 3 | 2/0 Ex | — | |

NJSF158 | Introduction to computational nuclear physics | 3 | 1/1 Ex | — | |

## Experimental particle physics | |||||

NJSF073 | Experimental Checks on Standard Model | 4 | — | 2/1 C+Ex | |

NJSF195 | Strong Interaction at High Energies | 3 | 2/0 Ex | — | |

NJSF102 | Nuclear Astrophysics | 3 | 2/0 Ex | — | |

NJSF130 | Cosmic Rays | 3 | — | 2/0 Ex | |

NJSF131 | Diffraction in particle physics | 4 | 2/1 Ex | — | |

## Experimental methods, data evaluation, applications | |||||

NJSF070 | Particle Detectors and Accelerators | 3 | 2/0 Ex | — | |

NJSF159 | Physics of particle accelerators | 4 | 2/1 Ex | — | |

NJSF101 | Semiconductor Detectors in Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics | 3 | 2/0 Ex | — | |

NJSF081 | Software and data processing in particle physics I | 3 | 1/1 Ex | — | |

NJSF109 | Software and data processing in particle physics II | 4 | — | 2/1 Ex | |

NJSF143 | Statistical methods in high energy physics | 4 | 3/0 Ex | — | |

NJSF067 | Data acquisition methods in particle and nuclear physics | 4 | 2/1 Ex | — | |

NJSF138 | Neural nets in particle physics | 4 | 2/1 Ex | — | |

NJSF024 | Radioanalytical Methods | 3 | 2/0 Ex | — | |

NJSF008 | Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation | 3 | — | 2/0 Ex | |

NJSF141 | Experimental data evaluation | 3 | — | 2/0 Ex | |

## Other | |||||

NJSF091 | Seminar on Particle and Nuclear Physics I | 3 | 0/2 C | — | |

NJSF092 | Seminar on Particle and Nuclear Physics II | 3 | — | 0/2 C |

^{1} Students enrol in just one of these alternating courses.

#### 5.4 Recommended Optional Courses

Code | Subject | Credits | Winter | Summer | |

NJSF079 | Quantum Field Theory III | 9 | 4/2 C+Ex | — | |

NJSF132 | Theory of nanosccopic systems I | 3 | 2/0 Ex | — | |

NJSF133 | Theory of nanoscopic systems II | 3 | — | 2/0 Ex |

#### 5.5 State Final Exam

Study in the master’s programme is completed by passing the state final exam. It consists of two parts: defence of the master’s (diploma) thesis, and an oral examination. Requirements for the oral part of the state final exam are listed in the following sections.*Necesary conditions for taking the state final exam *

**–**earning at least 120 credits during the course of study**–**passing all compulsory courses**–**obtaining at least 25 credits for elective courses**–**submission of a completed master’s thesis by the submission deadline

* Requirements for the oral part of the state final exam *

The committee asks the student to explain three topics from the following three sectors (one topic from each sector):

* A. Quantum theory *

** 1. Formalism of quantum theory **

Hilbert space. Pure and mixed states. Compatible and incompatible observables. Discrete and continuous spectra. Open systems. Classical limit.

** 2. Evolution of quantum systems **

Schroedinger equation and the evolution operator. Green operator. Schroedinger, Heisenberg and Dirac representations of time evolution. Evolution generated by a time-dependent Hamiltonian.

** 3. Symmetries and conservation laws in quantum mechanics **

Continuous space-time symmetries and their generators. Space inversion and time reversal. Conservation laws. Scalars, vectors, spinors.

** 4. Perturbation methods in quantum mechanics **

Stationary perturbation theory for a non-degenerate and degenerate spectrum. Non-stationary perturbation method, step and periodic perturbations, Fermi golden rule.

** 5. Angular momentum in quantum mechanics **

Quantization of angular momentum. Addition of two or more angular momenta. Tensor operators, selection rules.

** 6. Scattering theory **

Lippmann-Schwinger equation. Scattering amplitude, Born series. The method of partial waves.

** 7. Systems of indistinguishable particles **

Bosons and fermions. Fock space, occupation number representation. Creation and annihilation operators, n-body operators.

** 8. Equations of relativistic quantum theory for free particles with spin 0, 1/2 and 1 **

Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations, solutions with positive and negative energies, continuity equation, symmetry properties. Weyl and Proca equations.

** 9. Dirac equation for a particle in electromagnetic field **

Transition to the Pauli equation and the spin magnetic moment. Hydrogen type atoms and the fine structure of energy spectra.

** 10. Quantization of free fields and their particle interpretation **

Canonical quantization method. Energy and momentum of a quantum field. Particles and antiparticles. Dirac field, anticommutation rules. Electromagnetic and Proca fields. Propagator of a quantum field.

** 11. Interactions of fields, perturbative expansion of the S-matrix and Feynman diagrams **

Examples of interaction Lagrangians, gauge symmetry principle. Dyson expansion in the interaction representation. Feynman diagrams on the tree level. Decay probabilities and cross sections.

** 12. Foundations of quantum electrodynamics **

Scattering of a charged particle in an external electromagnetic field. Second-order processes. Examples of diagrams with a closed loop.

* B. Physics of elementary particles *

** 1. Classification of elementary particles **

Leptons, hadrons, interaction mediators. Approximate SU(3) symmetry, hadron multiplets. Quark model. Colour of quarks, its experimental evidence. Quarks u, d, s. Heavy quarks c, b. Decays of hadrons (neutron, pion, strange particles).

** 2. Properties of hadrons and their experimental determination **

Spin, magnetic moment, spatial-, charge- and G-parity, isospin, strangeness, hypercharge. Conservation laws for individual interaction types. Examples of experiments.

** 3. Properties of leptons **

Weak and electromagnetic interactions of leptons: mion pair production in electron-positron annihilation, scattering of neutrinos, decays of muons and tau leptons. Helicity of neutrinos, neutrino oscillations, P and CP violation. Neutrino experiments.

** 4. Methods of measurement and identification of particles in experiments **

Measurement of energy, momentum, time of flight, Cherenkov and transition radiation, invariant mass of decay products. Examples of detection techniques in particle discoveries.

** 5. Experiments with particle accelerators **

Linear and circular particle accelerators, colliders, luminosity. Present-day accelerators. Particle production in hadronic and leptonic collisions.

** 6. Conceptual foundations of the standard model of electroweak interactions **

Gauge invariance. Yang-Mills field. The Higgs mechanism.

** 7. Types of particle interactions in the standard model of electroweak interactions **

Interactions of vector bosons, interactions of the Higgs boson, neutral and charged currents. Discovery of vector bosons W and Z, discovery of the Higgs boson.

** 8. Mixing in the quark sector of the standard model **

Generation of masses through the Yukawa interactions. Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix, CP violation. Discovery of quarks c, b, t.

** 9. Systems of neutral mesons **

Oscillation and regeneration. Direct and indirect CP violations and their signatures.

** 10. Structure of nucleons and the parton model **

Elastic scattering of electrons on the proton, formfactors. Deep inelastic scattering, structure function, Bjorken scaling. Formulation of the parton model and the concept of parton distribution function.

** 11. Applications of the parton model **

Basic processes in the parton model: hadron production in electron-positron annihilation, Drell-Yan process. Fragment function, deep inelastic scattering, measurement of parton distribution functions. Jet production, discovery of gluon.

** 12. Quantum chromodynamics **

QCD Lagrangian and the gauge invariance principle. Running coupling constant, asymptotic freedom, colour confinement. Description of quarkonia. Infrared and collinear singularities, jets, evolution equation for parton distribution functions.

* C. Nuclear physics *

** 1. Characteristics of nuclei and their experimental determination **

Binding energy, von Weizsaecker formula. Spin, parity. Magnetic dipole and electric quadrupole moments. Deformation parameters.

** 2. Nuclear decays and radioactivity **

Beta decay, spectra of electrons/positrons, selection rules, electron capture. Alpha decay, decay chains. Gamma decay, elements of the theory of electromagnetic transitions, their types and multipolarities, selection rules.

** 3. Nucleon-nucleon interactions **

Phenomenological and microscopic nucleon-nucleon potentials, symmetry principles, isospin, meson exchanges and their quark interpretation. Effective interactions in nuclear environment. Deuteron.

** 4. Mean field and single-particle motions in nuclei **

Hartree-Fock construction of the mean field. Spin-orbit coupling, magic numbers. Nilsson model, deformation.

** 5. Pairing of nucleons and its consequences **

Short-range residual interactions. Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory of superconductivity. Signatures of pairing in nuclei.

** 6. Collective motions of nuclei **

Rotational and vibrational spectra of nuclei and their phenomenological and microscopic description. Giant resonances. Nuclear fission.

** 7. Nuclear reactions and highly excited states **

Direct and compound-nucleus reactions, examples, typical properties, elements of their theoretical description. Population of excited states, statistical modelling of their decays, yrast line.

** 8. Passage of ionizing radiation through matter **

Processes during the passage of heavy and light particles through matter. Interaction of gamma particles. Passage of neutrons.

** 9. Principles of detection of nuclear radiation **

Spectrometry of charged and neutral particles. Basic types of particle detectors and their characteristics.

** 10. Application of nuclear physics in material analysis and dating **

Measurement of elemental and isotopic abundances. Nuclear probes in materials. Nuclear methods of age determination.

** 11. Application of nuclear physics in medicine **

Methods of imagining based on nuclear radiation, functional tomography. Radiotherapy and hadron therapy.

** 12. Nuclear energy **

Nuclear fission and fusion. Nuclear reactor, tokamak. Nuclear processes in stars.