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Course Code : | 2400WETIRE |

Study domain: | Physics |

Academic year: | 2020-2021 |

Semester: | 2nd semester |

Contact hours: | 30 |

Credits: | 3 |

Study load (hours): | 84 |

Contract restrictions: | No contract restriction |

Language of instruction: | Dutch |

Exam period: | exam in the 2nd semester |

Lecturer(s) | Pierre Van Mechelen |

At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:

an active knowledge of

specific prerequisites for this course

an active knowledge of

- Dutch

- general knowledge of the use of a PC and the Internet

specific prerequisites for this course

The student should be familiar with elementary geometry (co-ordinate frames and transformations, vector calculus, etc.) and classical (non-relativistic) mechanics. Knowledge of basic quantum mechanics is also required.

- familiarise yourself with the experimental and theoretical developments that happened prior to the formulation of special relativity
- give insight in the consequences of Einstein's postulates
- familiarise yourself with the geometrical basis of relativity
- give training in solving problems in relativistic kinematics
- give training in the description of particle collisions
- familiarise yourself with the most important techniques used in accelerators

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.

The course has an international dimension.

An excursion to CERN will be organized for bachelor students of physics every other year.

Class contact teachingLectures Practice sessions

Personal workExercises

Excursions

Personal work

Excursions

ExaminationWritten examination without oral presentation Open book Open-question

A syllabus and exercises are available (see cursussen.uantwerpen.be).

- P. M. Schwarz and J. H. Scharwz,
*"Special Relativity: From Einstein to Strings"*, Cambridge University Press - D. H. Perkins,
*"Introduction to High Energy Physics"*, 4^{th}edition (2000), Cambridge University Press - T. Takeuchi, "An illustrated guide to relativity", 2010, Cambridge University Press

Prof. Pierre Van Mechelen

Pierre.VanMechelen@uantwerpen.be