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Physics Beyond the Standard Model (WS 2023/24)


After a (condensed) review of the Standard Model of Particle Physics, its shortcomings, and features of nature that we do not yet understand, I will discuss ways to extend the SM at high energies and (theoretical and experimental) guidance we have on our road to find out how nature could look like at shortest distances.

Topics covered in the lecture include Electroweak Symmetry Breaking and its Dynamics, Models of a Composite Higgs, Extra Dimensions, Supersymmetry, and further approaches to understand the puzzling hierarchies we observe in nature, Effective Field Theory, Flavor Physics & Neutrino Masses, Dark Matter Models, Baryogenesis and other aspects of Cosmology, as well as the Strong CP Problem and Axions.

Target Audience

Students of Master of Science in Physics: Theoretical Physics / Particle Physics, PhD students

Useful knowledge

Quantum Field Theory I, Particle Physics

Time and Place

Fri, 9:15 - 11:00
Philosophenweg 12 / R 106




Books on QFT, the SM, and Beyond

Banks: Modern Quantum Field Theory: A Concise Introduction
Peskin, Schroeder: An Introduction To Quantum Field Theory
Schwartz: Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model
Weinberg: The Quantum Theory of Fields I,II,III
Zee: Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell
Alvarez-Gaumé, Vázquez-Mozo: An Invitation to Quantum Field Theory

Böhm, Denner, and Joos: Gauge Theories of the Strong and Electroweak Interaction
Burgess, Moore: The Standard Model: A Primer
Cheng, Li: Gauge Theory of Elementary Particle Physics
Gardi, Glover, Robson (eds.): LHC Phenomenology
Griffiths: Introduction to Elementary Particles
Halzen, Martin: Quarks and Leptons: An Introductory Course in Modern Particle Physics
Langacker: The Standard Model and Beyond
Nachtmann: Elementarteilchenphysik. Phänomene und Konzepte
Perkins: Introduction to High Energy Physics
Plehn: Lectures on LHC Physics
Pokorski: Gauge Field Theories
Quigg: Gauge Theories of the Strong, Weak, and Electromagnetic Interactions
Thomson: Modern Particle Physics

Csaki, Dodelson (eds.): Physics of the Large and the Small, TASI 2009
Dine: Supersymmetry and String Theory: Beyond the Standard Model
Drees, Godbole, Roy: Theory and Phenomenology of Sparticles
Haber, Nelson (eds.): Particle physics and cosmology: The quest for physics beyond the standard model(s), TASI 2002
Kazakov, Lavignac, Dalibard (eds.): Particle physics beyond the standard model, Les Houches 2005
Kolb, Turner: The early Universe
Panico, Wulzer: The Composite Nambu-Goldstone Higgs
Ramond: Journeys Beyond The Standard Model
Shifman: Advanced Topics in Quantum Field Theory: A Lecture Course
Terning: Modern Supersymmetry
Weinberg: Cosmology