Particle Physics I (PHY581)
Time: Friday 9:0011:30 am est
Place: B&L 375
Professor: Regina Demina, regina@pas.rochester.edu,
Web site: http://www.pas.rochester.edu/~regina/Schedule_P581.html
Suggested textbooks:
Primary reading: F. Halzen and A. Martin, Lepton and Quarks (An Introductory Course in Modern Particle Physics)
Additional reading:
D. Perkins, Introduction to High Energy Physics
J. Gunion et al, Higgs hunter's guide
V. Barger, R. Phillips, Collider Physics
Course description
The course discusses the fundamentals of the Standard Model as well as some of its extensions. It starts with the discussion of Quantum Electro Dynamics, where some calculation techniques are introduced and applied to deriving cross sections for simple processes. A more detailed treatment is given to the combined electroweak theory and the Electroweak symmetry breaking mechanism. A general overview of the present status of neutrino physics is given to facilitate the understanding of the experimental results in this area. QCD is discussed at the theoretical and phenomenological levels. Towards the end of the course we shall discuss the problems in the Standard Model and introduce several hypothetical solutions with the emphasis on the phenomenological implications.
The main idea of the course is to establish the connection between the current status of the theoretical developments and the experimental evidence that supports them. Each week one of the students is expected to prepare a 30 min report on the suggested topics. The reports are expected to cover the experimental evidence that went into establishing certain theoretical features.
The course is targeted towards PhD students that intend to do their thesis on an experimental topic in High Energy Physics. At the same time theory students might find it to be a useful introductory course since it puts a stronger emphasis on the experimental evidence than a typical theoretical course would. Advanced undergraduate students can take this course as well; familiarity with calculus, some group theory as well as quantum mechanics is expected.
Electroweak Section
Date 
Lecture Ð Friday 
Suggested report* 
24 January 


31 January 


7 February 


14 February 
Jeffrey D. Kleykamp: Z decays 

21 February 
YiTing Duh: Top quark mass measurements 

28 February 
Ka Ming K. Woo: Higgs discovery 

7 March 
Mikhail Davydov: Higgs spin/parity 

21 March 
Neutrino Interactions, mixing and mass 
Robert Fine: Neutrino Interactions 
QCD/New physics section
Date 
Lecture Ð Friday 
Suggested report* 
28 March 
Kin Ho Lo: Discovery of Jets 

4 April 
bquark fragmentation 

11 April 

Konosuke Iwamoto: Review of muon g2 
18 April 


25 April 
Aaron M. Bercellie: Review of CDMS 