Course Information


30 Hours
This course presents aspects of the current research front in particle physics.
  • Details of the Standard Model

    V-A structure; custodial symmetry; CKM structure; neutrino masses and neutrino oscillations

  • Discrete and Approximate Symmetries and their Breakdown 

    CP invariance and violation; effective field theories and their approximate symmetries, chiral symmetry in particular; mathematical structure of nonlinear realisations and its application to nonlinear sigma models with chiral symmetry

  • Anomalies

    Rigid symmetry anomalies and their physical consequences; gauge anomaly cancellation; the theta parameter of QCD; the strong CP problem and axions

  • Grand Unification and its Difficulties

    The Georgi-Glashow Model, SU(5) and SO(10); the evolution of coupling constants; proton decay

  • Supersymmetry in Particle Physics
    Supersymmetric extensions of the 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)