PHYSICS 541 - Elementary Particle Physics II
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Physics (PHYSICS)
Department: LSA Physics
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
PHYSICS 521 and Graduate standing.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

PHYSICS 541 will focus on four topics. About half the course will be deriving the Lagrangian of the supersymmetric Standard Model, and developing the resulting LHC and related phenomenology. This is particularly interesting since while the course is being taught LHC will be taking data in a new regime of energy and luminosity, so a discovery during the course is motivated. The second main topic is dark matter, theory and phenomenology. Again, new better dark matter detectors will be running during the course. The third topic is some advanced neutrino physics, with study of neutrino masses and ongoing neutrino experiments. Finally, there will be a short introduction to how compactified string/M-theories give four dimensional testable predictions about LHC phenomenology, dark matter, and more.

Course Requirements:

Students should be familiar with the Standard Model, e.g. from our course 521 or equivalent.

Class Format:

The course will be based on lectures. Students will choose two projects. One will be presented as a power point talk to the class, and the other written like a research paper. One can be on an area related to the students research, and one a different area. Choosing the projects well is challenging.

PHYSICS 541 - Elementary Particle Physics II
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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Students will be provided with an electronic version of "Weak Interactions and Modern Particle Theory" by Howard Georgi, so purchasing the text is not required. "An introduction to Quantum Field Theory" by Peskin and Schroeder, which is a good QFT text, will be largely (but not entirely) used for discussions of QCD.
ISBN: 9781107034266
Modern particle physics, Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2014
ISBN: 9780486469041
Weak interactions and modern particle theory, Author: Georgi, Howard., Publisher: Dove 2009
ISBN: 9780201503975
An introduction to quantum field theory, Author: Peskin, Michael Edward, (1951- ), Publisher: Westview Press op.
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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