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 (12 lecture & 2 practical)
Assessment: Continuous Assessment
Note: This course includes two lab sessions based in Edinburgh which
students will be required to attend in person.
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.