The Standard Model and Beyond I - Material for the year 2019-2020

2019-2020
External Lecturer(s): 
Prof John March-Russell
Course Term: 
Trinity
Course Weight: 
1.00 unit(s)

Assessment type:

Course Overview: 

16 hrs.
area: PT
prequel/pre-requisite: Advanced Quantum Field Theory for Particle Physics (HT)

Course Syllabus: 

Fundamental properties of the Standard Model, its exact and approximate symmetries, gauge dynamics and matter content. The idea of effective field theories with examples (the chiral Lagrangian description of low-energy confining QCD, and Fermi theory). Scale dependence of couplings: the renormalisation group and relevant, marginal, and irrelevant interactions. Electroweak symmetry breaking and W/Z-boson and Higgs phenomenology, and fundamental open questions.
Introduction to the physics of anomalies. Possible UV completion of the SM to a Grand Unified Theory, and the successes and failures of gauge coupling unification and matter unification, including first look at the Hierarchy Problem. Proton decay. Neutrino masses. CP-violation and electric dipole moments. The strong CP problem of QCD.