Introduction Relativity Theory & Elementary Particles

Course Code :1400WETIRE
Study domain:Physics
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:1st semester
Sequentiality:Physics: credit for General physics I & II, Math. methods for Physics I & II, Intro. analytical mechanics and enrolled for Gen.physics III and Intro. quantum mechanics. Mathematics: min. 8/20 Gen. physics I and Intro. analytical mechanics.
Contact hours:40
Study load (hours):112
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Pierre Van Mechelen

3. Course contents *

The course starts with an overview of the problems in fundamental physics that led Einstein to his famous postulates.  We will then investigate the consequences of these postulates for space-time geometry, causality and mechanics. 


In a second part we treat the interaction of particles with matter. This knowledge is then applied to the description of particle accelerators and particle detectors.  Finally we describe the properties of particle collisions and give an overview of the fundamental particles and their interactions.


This course contains the following chapters:

  • Space-time geometry;
  • Einstein's postulates;
  • Relativistic mechanic;
  • Particle accelerators;
  • Particle collisions.