•In this course, we will study/investigate
– the nature of theELECTROMAGNETIC INTERACTION – at (very) low energies, i.e.
~ 0 GeV
•1 GeV = 10
electron volts = 1.602
•The electromagnetic interaction is ONE of FOUR known FORCES(or INTERACTIONS) of Nature:
– Electromagnetic Force
•binds electrons & nuclei together to form atoms- binds atoms together toform molecules, liquids, solids. . . .
– Strong Force
•binds protons & neutrons together to form nuclei
– Weak Force
•responsible for radioactivity (e.g.
decay) (weak force important @ highenergies)
•binds matter together to form stars, planets, solar systems, galaxies, etc.