EPII, advance topics within and beyond the Standard Model


Fall 2008




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EPII is an advanced course in Modern Elementary Particle Physics. The course is an overview of the field with special emphasis on connection with existing and future experiments in particle physics and maybe some implications in astrophysics and cosmology.

Although QFT is not required for the course, basic knowledge regarding Feynman diagram techniques and RGE is recommended.

Here is a preliminary syllabus for the course:

(i)              The Standard Model (SM) electroweak (EW) sector, at tree level and including radiative corrections.

(ii)            Understanding the precision constraint via symmetries, effective field theory (EFT) and the little hierarchy problem, “LEP paradox”.

(iii)           The SM flavor sector, the flavor puzzle, symmetries, precision tests, EFT and the “flavor (new physics) paradox”.

(iv)           Beyond the SM: Unification, SUSY little hierarchy problem, extra dimensions in particular emphasis will be given on warped phenomenology.

(v)             LHC Physics. 


These are some of the references being used to prepare the lectures: (more references will be added as the course advances).

Lecture Notes:

Here are transparencies and notes for the lectures:

Introduction and electroweak physics,

Flavor physics,

Extra dimension phenomenology.


The grade will be based on the homeworks and on a final paper and presentation on some specific topic.

Problem Sets:

Problem sets will be assigned in class and are due on the date shown. You are expected to solve them on your own and the final calculations handed in must be your own work.

·  Homework Assignment 1 [ pdf ]

·  Homework Assignment 2 [ pdf ]

·  Homework Assignment 3 [ pdf ]

·  Homework Assignment 4 [ pdf ]


Topics and Dates for Talks:

The deadline for the presentation will be set at a later stage.

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