Course Information


30 Hours
This course presents aspects of the current research front in particle physics.
  • Details of the Standard Model
    CP symmetry and the implications of its violation; renormalization flow and the evolution of coupling strengths; asymptotic freedom of the strong interactions; Quantum Chromodynamics
  • Grand Unification and its Difficulties
    The Georgi-Glashow Model, SU(5) and SO(10); proton decay
  • Topological and non-perturbative extensions
    Axions and monopoles.
  • The Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model


  • Steven Weinberg, Quantum Theory of Fields I& II, (Cambridge University Press, 1995)
  • Ta-Pei Cheng and Ling-Fong Li, Gauge Theory of Elementary Particle Physics, (Oxford University Press, 1984)
  • Matthew Schwarz, Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model(Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • Cliff Burgess and Guy Moore, The Standard Model - A Primer, (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • Michael Dine, Supersymmetry and String Theory - Beyond the Standard Model, (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

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