Lec # topics subtopics key dates
1-3 Introduction to Effective Field Theory (EFT), Standard Model Review CKM Matrix, SM as an EFT, Relevant and Irrelevant Operators, Field Redefinitions, Wilsonian and Gell-Mann Low Renormalization Group, Neutrinos
4 EFT Basics QCD Handout, Regularization and Renormalization, Decoupling Theorem, Mass Independent Schemes, Matching and Running Problem set 1 due
5-7 EFT for Massive Particles Integrating out the Top, W, Z, Matching and Decoupling, Electroweak Hamiltonian, Flavor Changing Neutral Currents, Renormalization of 4 Quark Operators, CP Violation Problem set 2 due
8-9 Chiral Perturbation Theory Chiral Symmetry, Power Counting, Pion Processes, Weak Kaon Decays, Electromagnetic Interactions, Processes with Heavy Baryons/Mesons Problem set 3 due
10-16 Heavy Quark Effective Theory Degrees of Freedom, Heavy Quark Symmetry, Construction of Lagrangian and Currents, Perturbative and Power Corrections, Vcb and Form Factors, Operator Product Expansion for Inclusive Decays Problem set 4 due
17-18 ChPT for Matter Fields, EFT with a Fine Tuning Processes with Heavy Baryons/Mesons, NN Effective Field Theory with a Large Scattering Length Problem set 5 due
19-20 Non-Relativistic QCD Degrees of Freedom, Velocity Power Counting, Multipole Expansion, Static Potential, Lamb Shifts and Hyperfine Splittings, Velocity Renormalization Group Problem set 6 due
21 Prelude to SCET Factorization and IR Divergences in Quantum Field Theory Problem set 7 due
22-27 Soft-Collinear Effective Theory Collinear Fields and Operators, Symmetries, Power Counting, Factorization, Color Transparency, Summing Double Logarithms, Deep Inelastic Scattering, Meson Form Factors, B Decays into Light Hadrons Problem set 8, 9 due
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