OUTLINE OF COURSE:
The goal of this course is to expose students in experimental particle physics to the framework of and the main concepts in theoretical particle physics. The main focus is placed on the physical concepts used within the framework of Quantum Field Theory to analyse processes that involve elementary particles rather than on development of all calculational techniques that support the analysis. The theoretical concepts are illustrated with real examples of working theories, in particular Quantum Chromodynamics and the Electroweak Theory. The topics comprise introduction to the framework of Quantum Field Theory, development of Lagrangian formalism, study of transformation properties of fields that appear in the Standard Model of elementary particle physics under external and internal symmetries, introduction to symmetry breaking (both explicit and spontaneous) in particle physics, and study of both Quantum Chromodynamics and the Electroweak Theory. These topics are followed by outline of tools needed to go from Lagrangian densities to the production mechanism cross sections and subsequent decay(s) of elementary particles, discussion of quantum loops and loop-induced effects, introduction to renormalization concepts and study of higher order effects, and, finally, introduction to modern Monte Carlo Generators for particle physics that automate the analysis of elementary particle physics processes.
- A. Zee, Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, Princeton University Press; Second edition (February 21, 2010)
- D. McMahon, Quantum Field Theory Demystified, McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (February 29, 2008)
- W. Greiner, B. Müller, Gauge Theory of Weak Interactions, Springer-Verlag; 2nd Rev edition (January 1, 1996)
- Y. Nagashima, Elementary Particle Physics: Quantum Field Theory and Particles V1, Wiley-VCH (September 29, 2010)
- Y. Nagashima, Elementary Particle Physics: Foundations of the Standard Model V2, Wiley-VCH; 1 edition (March 11, 2013)