Advanced Topics in Particle Physics
Vorlesung: Universität Wien, WS 2016/2017
- Mathematical Methods M1 and M2 (lectures + exercises)
- Lecture Theoretical Mechanics (lecture + exercises)
- Lecture Quantum Mechanics (lecture + exercises)
- Lecture Particle Physics I + II (lecture + exercises)
Aims and general information
- Basics of 4 important advanced topics in particle physics research
- Renormalization and renormalization group (by Prof. Hoang; Oct 5, 12, 19)
- Finite one-loop corrections from divergent integrals: 2 examples from neutrino physics (by Prof. Grimus; Nov 9, 16, 23)
- Chiral perturbation theory and symmetries of the strong interactions (by Prof. Neufeld; Nov 30, Dec 7, 14)
- Selected topics in astroparticle physics (by Dr. Pradler; Jan 11, 18, 25)
Each topic will be discussed for consecutive 3 weeks by one of the lecturers.
- The course aims at teaching fundamental technical methods and knowledge concerning important topics in particle physics that are related to actual particle physics research being conducted at the particle groups at the University of Vienna and the HEPHY. The course shall bridge between the particle II lecture and advanced special lectures and potential master thesis works.
- Students are expected to work through the lecture notes in detail to master the techniques and issues discussed in the lecture. They are strongly encouraged to do further reading themselves and to discuss tricky issues with the lecturers during office hours.
The main resources for the lecture are provided by lecture notes that are being provided for download on this pages during the course of the lecture. The following text books are suggested for further reading.
- An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory,
Michael E. Peskin, Daniel V. Schroeder (Amazon Info) [Particle Physics II Lecture text book]
- The Standard Model and Beyond,
Paul Langacker (Amazon Info) [Text Book on the Standard Model and New Physics]
Other useful Literature
- Quantum Field Theory,
Claude Itzykson, Jean Bernard Zuber (Amazon Info)
- Gauge Field Theories,
Stefan Pokorski (Amazon Info)
- Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell,
A. Zee (Amazon Info)
- Quantum Field Theory,
Mark Srednicki (Amazon Info)
- The Early Universe,
Edward Kolb, Michael Turner (Amazon Info)
Start: Wednesday October 5, 2016
Last lecture: Wednesday January 25, 2016
Wednesday 14:00 - 15:30, (Kleiner Seminarraum, Zi.3510,
Boltzmanngasse 5, 5. Stk, 1090 Wien)
For being awarded the lecture grade you have to .
For the preparation of the exam 4 questions are provided to the students from each topic (1. Renormalization, 2. Finite one-loop Corrections, 3. Chiral Perturbation Theory, 4. Astroparticle Physics - so 16 questions in total) two weeks prior to the exam.
For the exam, 8 questions, selected by the lecturers out of the 16, are posed to the students, out of which each student selects 5 questions, where she/he has to select 4 questions from two of the topics and 1 question from a third one, so that the 5 selected questions always have to cover three topics. So each student dropps one of the topics completely for the exam. No means of aid are allowed during the exam except for your brain and writing utilities.
The questions for the four topics are available here
- Renormalization and Renormalization Group (Prof. Hoang):
- Finite One-Loop Corrections from Divergent Integrals: 2 Examples from the Lepton Sector (Prof. Grimus):
- Chiral perturbation theory and the Strong Interactions (Prof. Neufeld):
- Astroparticle physics (Dr. Pradler):