Feynman Diagrams and Electron-Positron Annihilation
Department of Physics,
Weber State University
This is the web site for a set of curricular materials that I'm working on.
The material could be used as a course module (four or five weeks long)
in a junior- or senior-level course in applications of quantum physics,
or as a text for a one-credit-hour guided reading course.
The goal is to make the central principles and tools of elementary
particle physics accessible to the typical undergraduate physics student.
In order to keep the material short and accessible, I'll focus on the
simplest types of particle interactions, making no attempt to survey the
whole field of particle physics or to present the subject historically.
Here is a large (7 MB) pdf file of the slides from
a talk I recently gave that
summarizes much of this material.
- Electron-Positron Colliders
- Accelerators and Storage Rings
- Inventory of Detectable Particles
- Cross Sections, Luminosities, and Event Rates
- Theoretical Foundations
- The Klein-Gordon Equation
- Quantum Amplitudes
- Fourier Transforms and Delta Functions
- Electron-Positron Scattering (Click here to download a draft.)
- The Cross Section
- Feynman Diagrams
- Feynman Rules
- The Calculation
- Higher-Order Diagrams
- Extensions and Further Examples
- Turning Amplitudes into Probabilities
- Other QED Processes
- Inventory of Particles and Interactions
- Electron-Positron Annihilation into Hadrons
- Lepton-Hadron and Hadron-Hadron Collisions
Last modified on 30 October 2002.