This course provides a comprehensive treatment of the field theoretical approach to the Standard Model of particle physics; it is taught in two parallel threads.
The QED and QCD thread begins with path integral quantisation and renormalisation of Quantum Electrodynamics (QED). It then moves on to a detailed study of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), beginning with quantisation, Feynman rules and renormalisation, and then applying a wide range of topics in modern perturbative QCD to collider physics, including deep inelastic scattering and Higgs production.
The electroweak physics and lattice field theory thread focuses on the field theoretical construction and application of the standard model of particle physics, including the Goldstone theorem and the Higgs mechanism, weak decays and flavour physics. Further focus is on detailed calculations in perturbation theory and comparison with experiment. The final part of the course provides an introduction to non-perturbative methods via lattice field theory.
Each thread will have two hours of lectures and two hours of tutorial workshops every week, giving a total of 40 lecture hours and 40 tutorial hours. Students are expected to engage with the material presented in lectures by working through and discussing weekly formative problem sheets in the tutorial sessions. There will be a total of 4 summative hand-ins, which will be marked and individual written feedback provided on each. Individual feedback will also be administered verbally during tutorial sessions.
The SUPACOP lectures provide the common core for all particle physics students in semester 2. The course covers three main subject areas:
- Electroweak and Higgs Physics
- Beyond the Standard Model (BSM) Physics (including Supersymmetry)
The objective of the course is to provide a general overview of theoretical, phenomenological and experimental aspects of electroweak theory, QCD and BSM physics, concentrating on the most influential and/or recent measurements from colliders.
- An introduction to lepton and hadron collider basics: kinematics, PDFs, Monte Carlo methods, jets, triggering and reconstruction, experimental techniques
- Results from LEP and Tevatron and on W, Z, top and Higgs searches
- LHC physics: Standard Model and QCD results; BSM searches; the Higgs discovery
- The BSM part of the course will introduce the concept of naturalness in the context of supersymmetry, supersymmetry breaking, and compositeness.
Hours Equivalent Credit: 8
This course provides students with an opportunity to investigate current topics of interest relating to current Particle Physics research, and to present them. Presentations are recorded and participants receive staff and peer feedback.
Hours Equivalent Credit: 14 (14 lecture hours in 7 two-hour sessions)
Assessment: Continuous Assessment
Flavour Physics attempts to answer some of the most profound open questions in modern physics, such as how do we understand the pattern of masses in the Standard Model and what is the origin of CP violation. This introduction to Flavour Physics consists of two parts, dealing separately with Flavour Physics of the quark and lepton sectors.
Hours Equivalent Credit: 6
The course will provide an introduction into the methods of lattice QCD. In particular, we will discuss gluon actions, algorithms, quarks on the lattice, algorithms for that, how to do a lattice calculation, systematic errors and recent results.