Semester of Instruction
Objectives and Content
Phenomenological review of the Standard Model of strong and electroweak
interactions and experimental tests, higher symmetries, weak decays of
heavy hadrons and leptons, rare decays of B mesons, meson mixing and CP
violation, heavy quark production, W and Z physics, neutrino oscillations,
Higgs physics and physics beyond the Standard Model (SUSY).
By completing the course the students should be able to:
- Give an account of properties of the Standard Model (SM Lagrangian, gauge transformations, Higgs mechanism, generation mechanism for boson and fermion masses, quark mixing, weak parameters).
-Give an account of decays of leptons and quarks (lepton spectrum, Michel parameters, determination of CKM parameters V_cb and V_ub, rare decays), flavor mixing, CP violation in the B system and determination of the Unitarity Triangle.
-Explain how the Standard Model is tested in basic e+e- processes, and account for particle production in e+e- and hadron colliders (top quark, b jets, quark distributions, boson production).
- Give an account of neutrino masses and mixing, dark matter and dark energy, higher symmetries (supersymmetry, grand unification), and experimental searches for them.
Forms of Assessment
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Type of assessment: Oral examination
- Withdrawal deadline