Ruprecht-Karls-Universitšt Heidelberg

Lecture winter term 2008/2009:

Advanced topics in particle physics

by Rainer Stamen and Markos Maniatis

Lecture: Tuesday, 9:15 - 11am
Journal Club: Thursday, 1:15 - 3pm biweekly.
Place: Lecture at KIP, HS 2, Jounal Club at KIP in 2.403


Current information

  • Note: Thursday, Jan 22 in the journal club, we would like to discusse a paper about supersymmetry phenomenology.
    This is a rather lengthy paper and we suggest to focus on sections 1 to 4.
    Not every detail has to be discussed.
    If there are any questions please do not hesitate to ask us!
    Further literature - but which is probably not necessary to read:
    S. P. Martin: A Supersymmetry primer
  • Note: Thursday, Dec 11 in the journal club, we had a discussion of the paper about supersymmetry in quantum mechanics.
    This is a rather lengthy paper and we suggest to focus on the section 2 as well as 2.1 including equation (59).
    As is shown in detail supersymmetry in quantum mechanics relates two different potentials in the Schrödinger equation.
    Further literature - which is probably not necessary to read - to this subject:
    G. Junker, SUSY Methods in Quantum and Statistical Physics (1996)
  • Note: Thursday, Nov 27 in the journal club, we discussed the paper from the D0 collaboration at Fermilab about the associated W and Higgs boson production.
  • Note: Thursday, Nov 13 in the journal club, we discussed the paper from Peter W. Higgs about the so-called Higgs mechanism.
    This is a rather short paper and maybe we could extend the discussion to a slightly more general overview.
    Textbooks to this topic:
    Peskin/Schöder : An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
    Nachtmann: Elementary Particle Physics: Concepts And Phenomena
    Böhm/Denner/Joos : Gauge Theories of the Strong and Electroweak Interactions
    Ryder : Quantum Field Theory
  • Note: Thursday, Oct 23 in the journal club, we discussed the paper about the measurement of structure functions at the Desy/H1 experiment in Hamburg.
  • Note: Thursday, Oct 16 in the journal club, we discussed the paper about Yang-Mills theory.
    We focus on the part from the biginning of the paper up to eq. (12).
    Textbooks to this topic:
    Peskin/Schöder : An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
    Nachtmann: Elementary Particle Physics: Concepts And Phenomena
    Böhm/Denner/Joos : Gauge Theories of the Strong and Electroweak Interactions
    Ryder : Quantum Field Theory
    Muta : Foundations of Quantum Chromodynamics
  • Note: Thursday, Oct 9 in the journal club, Rainer Stamen has presented an overwiev to scientific information.

    Lecture

    Various modern subjects of particle physics shall be discussed in the lecture part on Tuesday (see table below). In the journal club on Thursday some aspects of these subjects should be worked out in more detail. Here we ask the students to introduce together with us papers which are closely related to the lecture.

    In the lecture part we start with an introduction of the Standard Model, that is QCD as well as the electroweak interactions. Some challenges on the experimental side like the search for the Higgs boson as well as on the theoretical side, like the quadratical divergences to the Higgs boson mass will be discussed. Eventually, some promising experiments and models focussing on physics beyond the Standard Model are presented.

    The students are assumed to have listen to the lecture "Introduction to elementary particle physics" and should have some knowledge of quantum field theory.

    Plan of the lecture

    1 Oct 7, 08 Introduction QCD MM
    2 Oct 14, 08 QCD Structure functions RS
    3 Oct 21, 08 QCD Jets, strong coupling, discovery of gluons RS
    4 Oct 28, 08 Introduction group theory MM
    5 Nov 4, 08 Introduction electroweak interaction MM
    6 Nov 11, 08 The Higgs mechanism MM
    7 Nov 18, 08 Search for the Higgs boson RS
    8 Nov 25, 08 Electroweak precision measurements RS
    9 Dec 2, 08 Problems in the electroweak Standard Model MM
    10 Dec 9, 08 Introduction supersymmetry I MM
    11 Dec 16, 08 Introduction supersymmetry II MM
    12 Jan 13, 09 Search for supersymmetry RS
    13 Jan 20, 09 Dark matter RS
    14 Jan 27, 09 Extra dimensions and black holes RS