Course Outline:

This is the final quarter of the one year introduction to quantum field theory. As such, it has

more of a special topics flavor. The course grade will be based on homework assignments

and (perhaps) a final exam, or paper.

There are many possible topics that we might reasonably study this quarter. This course will

revolve around the theme of the standard model. A list of some topics that might be covered

includes:

- Gauge theory
- Spontaneous symmetry breaking
- The Higgs mechanism
- Renormalization group
- The Standard Model and possible extensions

References:

Beyong the course text book, there are a number of other texts that might be worth perusing.

Journeys Beyond the Standard Model by Pierre Ramond

Dynamics of the Standard Model by John Donoghue et. al.

Another great source for reviews and general information pertaining to the Standard Model is

the online Particle Data Group that can be found here.

We will encounter new "particle physics" units in this course. In particular a femtobarn (yes

that's "barn") is often used in discussing cross-sections and luminosities at particle accelerators.

A nice explanation of a femtobarn can be found here.

The physics of neutrinos is beautifully described in some lectures by Boris Kayser available

here. There are also nice detailed lectures on neutrinos available here.

My scanned lecture notes on group theory and symmetries can be found in the following three links (these files are fairly large and the last one is most relevant):

groups1 groups2 groups3

Problem Sets:

Assignment 1

Solution 1

Assignment 2

Solution 2

Assignment 3

Solution 3

Assignment 4