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 and 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, Standard Model of Particle Physics

Time and Place

Tue, 16:15 - 18:00 [from 17.10.2017]

Philosophenweg 12 / R 106  


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



Dr. Florian Goertz

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