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Particle Physics 1: Basic Concepts

Particle Physics 1: Basic Concepts (Fall 2009, Stanford Univ.). Instructor: Professor Leonard Susskind. This course is the first of a three-quarter sequence of classes exploring particle physics. This material focuses on the basic concepts of particle physics.

Revolutionary new concepts about elementary particles, space and time, and the structure of matter began to emerge in the mid-1970s. Theory got far ahead of experiment with radical new ideas such as grand unification and supersymmetry, but the concepts have never been experimentally tested. Now all that is about to change. The Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, has finally been built and is about to confront theory with experiment. This course is devoted to these theoretical ideas and how they will be tested. (from theoreticalminimum.com)

Lecture 01 - Particles and light
In this lecture Leonard Susskind explores light, particles and quantum field theory.
Lecture 02 - Quantum field theory
In this lecture Leonard Susskind explores quantum field theory.
Lecture 03 - Quantum fields and particles
In this lecture Leonard Susskind talks about what a quantum field is and how it is related to particles.
Lecture 04 - More quantum field theory
In this lecture Leonard Susskind continues on the subject of quantum field theory.
Lecture 05 - Energy conservation and waves
In this lecture Leonard Susskind continues on the subject of quantum field theory, more specifically, energy conservation, waves and fermions.
Lecture 06 - Dirac equation and Higgs particles
In this lecture Leonard Susskind continues on the subject of quantum field theory, including the diary equation and Higgs Particles.
Lecture 07 - Angular momentum
Leonard Susskind discusses the theory and mathematics of angular momentum.
Lecture 08 - Spin
Professor Susskind discusses the theory and mathematics of particle spin and half spin, the Dirac equation, and isotopic spin.
Lecture 09 - Equations of motion of particles and fields
Leonard Susskind discusses the equations of motion of fields containing particles and quantum field theory, and shows how basic processes are coded by a Lagrangian.
Lecture 10 - Field Lagrangians and path integrals
In this lecture, Professor Susskind elaborates further on using field Lagrangians, the action principle, and path integrals in studying particle physics.

References
Particle Physics 1: Basic Concepts (Fall, 2009)
This course is the first of a three-quarter sequence of classes exploring particle physics. This material focuses on the basic concepts of particle physics.


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