EPII, advance topics within & beyond the
Standard Model 

Spring
2011 
EPII is
an advanced course in modern elementary particle physics. The course focuses on
understanding the Standard Model (SM) in manner that will allow the students to
understand the reasons for why we think it is only a low energy description of
nature and to give tools for looking for SM extensions.
There
will be a special emphasize on connection with existing and future experiments
in particle physics and also on effective field theory description of how new
physics dynamics affect the expected new data.
Although
QFT is not required for the course, basic knowledge regarding Feynman diagram
techniques and RGE as well as basic understanding of nonabelian
gauge theories is highly recommended.
Here is
a preliminary syllabus for the course:
(i)
The
Standard Model (SM) electroweak (EW) sector, at tree level and beyond.
(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)
Collider
phenomenology.
These
are some of the references being used to prepare the lectures: (more references
will be added as the course advances).
Here
are transparencies and notes for the lectures:
Introduction and electroweak physics,
Collider phenomenology. (very informal)
The
grade will be based on the homeworks and on a final
paper and presentation on some specific topic.
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 ]
· Suggested topics for final presentations [ pdf
]
The
deadline for the presentation will be set at a later stage.