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Physics Beyond the Standard Model, Composite Higgs, and Extra Dimensions (WS 2020/21)


The course will start with a concise summary of the current status of our description of nature at shortest distances, discussing the successes and shortcomings of the Standard Model (SM) of Particle Physics from the theoretical and observational point of view (including terrestrial experiments and cosmology).

We will then move on to explore possibilities to arrive at a potentially more fundamental theory. Here, the focus will be on the sector of electroweak symmetry breaking, lying at the heart of many unresolved questions. Discussing viable alternatives to the SM-like Higgs mechanism, we will be touching on various SM extensions, such as Supersymmetry and Technicolor, and finally focus on modern incarnations with a composite Higgs field, removing several shortcomings of the SM while still being in good agreement with LHC data. Moreover, we will explore a link to theories with extra dimensions and see how in this picture fundamental questions of nature could be addressed.


Target Audience

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

Useful knowledge

Quantum Field Theory I, Standard Model of Particle Physics

Time and Place

Di, 9:15 - 11:00 [from 3.11.2020]
[online -> link will be provided after registration]




Literature: Books on QFT, the SM, and Beyond

(A more exhaustive list of relevant literature will be provided in the lecture)

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
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

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