Particle Physics "Textbook"
written by physicists for high school teachers and interested students
The aim is to create an interface between the outreach materials aimed at general public & students and the "professional" textbooks

Length and Form:
about 6 chapters, each corresponding to a lecture (or double lecture) at school
or a lecture we give on different occasions.
ppt/pdf/ps  presentation or html pages to be available on WWW or distributed on CD
having in mind the possibility to put it on the paper - approx. 50 pages B5 (?)
possibly in many different flavors respecting different views and experience,
but hopefully providing a fresh and vivid introduction to this field of physics.
English for all, national versions.

Chapter 1. What is the current Standard Model of the microworld?
- atoms, nuclei, particles
- relevant
scales (Czech clone)
- leptons, quarks, interactions
- theories, what are Feynman diagrams

Chapter 2. What is the typical arrangement of a particle physics experiment?
- accelerator, target, cross-section, some kinematics (two-particle collisions, colliding beams, invariant mass), ionization and some detectors.
A first fragment of the text, Czech clone of this fragment

Chapter 3. How we arrived at the standard model?
- A brief history of the 20th century with some well illustrated experiments.

Chapter 4. What is missing and what could be beyond the Standard model.
- how well tested is the standard model, what is missing, Higgs, SUSY, ...

Chapter 5. LHC, ATLAS, ... (Czech clone)
- description of the detector (like in introductory chapters of Physics TDR, but simplified)
- how to see interesting processes
- TDAQ
- management of the large community over the world

Chapter 6. What is the particle physics good for?
- spin-offs ...


Relevant links (including already existing educational materials of different complexity): ATLAS Public Pages, HEPIC Education Resources, QuarkNet, The Particle Adventure, Hands on CERN ...


This project starts as an effort of ATLAS Outreach group, contributors from different experiments are welcome and their contributions will be linked here.

A list of people who expressed an interest in this project:
Torsten Akesson, Michael Barnett, Erik Johansson, Jan Pisut, Helio Takai, Howard Gordon, Christine Sutton,Uwe Bratzler

Thanks to Christine Nattrass who at least partly corrected my English.


Jiri Dolejsi, September 2003, last change January 2006