Fiches de cours 2017-2018

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Before the Standard Model

PHYS-742

Lecturer(s) :

Wulzer Andrea

Language:

English

Frequency

Only this year

Remarque

Only this year / Next time: Fall 2017

Summary

The course aims at describing the state-of-the-art comprehension of Electro-Weak interactions, as provided by the Standard Higgs Model (SM), from the slightly unusual perspective of the “No-Lose Theorems” that were exploited in the course of its construction and experimental validation.

Content

In the process, students will learn advanced theoretical tools such as Effective Field Theories, the Stueckelberg approach to gauge invariance in connection with renormalizability, and the Equivalence Theorem. While aimed at describing the SM, the course outlines a perspective and introduces tools that are widely employed in the study of Beyond-the-SM (BSM) theory and phenomenology.

The course is built around the concept of 'No-Lose Theorems', defined as absolute guarantees of discovering new phenomena under suitable experimental conditions. It is argued that the existence of these theorems is what made highenergy physics play the leading role in fundamental research over the last half a century. Three No-Lose Theorems are presented, together with all the theoretical tools needed for their formulation and for drawing their implications. The detailedprogram reads:

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Beyond the Bottom Quark:

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Keywords

Higgs Model, Beyond the Standard Model, Effective Field Theory, High-Energy Physics

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Basic knowledge of the Standard Model and of Quantum Field Theory is required

In the programs

  • Physics (edoc), 2017-2018
    • Semester
    • Exam form
      Oral
    • Credits
      1
    • Subject examined
      Before the Standard Model
    • Lecture
      14 Hour(s)

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