Particle Symmetries


E8Prof Daniel Waldram

30 hours

Role of symmetry in physics.

Introduction to Group Theory
Introduction to group theory and representation theory. Brief discussion of finite groups. Matrix groups and the notion of Lie groups.

Symmetries and particle physics 
Basic introduction to symmetries and particles of the standard model. 

Lie Groups and Lie Algebras 
The main part of the course is the treatment of Lie groups, Lie algebras and their representation theory, focussing on semi-simple Lie groups. We consider SU(2) and SU(3) and their representations, the Poincare and Lorentz groups and Heisenberg group and their representations.

Old course material

Lecture notes 2011 

taken by Gary Retallick: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6

Lecture notes 2014

Santiago Cabrera's notes; Meera Patel's notes: Part 1Part 2Part 3

Problem sets 2012:

Problem set 1Problem set 2Problem set 3Problem set 4

Problems set 2014:

Problem set 1Problem set 2

Past exam papers and tests


2009 ; 2010 ; 2014 ; 2016 ; 2017201820192020