8.811 | Fall 2005 | Graduate

Particle Physics II


Reading assignments are from lecture notes and from the course textbooks:

Q&L = Halzen, F., and A. D. Martin. Quarks & Leptons: An Introductory Course in Modern Particle Physics. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1984. ISBN: 9780471887416.

CP = Barger, V. D., and R. J. N. Phillips. Collider Physics. Menlo Park, CA: Addison-Wesley, 1996. ISBN: 9780201149456.

Lec # Topics READINGS
1 Fundamental Building Blocks and their Interactions Q&L, Chapter 1

CP, Chapter 1

2 Symmetries and Quarks; Discoveries of the J, Upsilon Q&L, Chapter 2
3 Gluons, Particle-antiparticle, Gluons inside Nucleons Q&L, Chapter 3/5
4 Dirac Formalism, Chirality, Helicity, Why Higgs? Q&L, Chapter 5
5 Local Gauge Transformation Q&L, Chapter 5
6 Solutions of the Dirac Equation Q&L, Sections 12.11-13

CP, Sections 2.8-10

7 Matrix, Decays, Cross Sections and Radiative Corrections

8 Polarization, Propagator, Interaction Matrix, Cross Sections and Unitarity Bounds Q&L, Chapter 6

CP, Chapter 2

9 Unitarity Bound Violation and “New” Particles Q&L, Section 15.6 and references there

Muirhead, H. Notes on Elementary Particle Physics. 1st ed. New York, NY: Pergamon Press, 1972, section 7.5. ISBN: 9780080165509.

10 Bottom-up Approach: Unitarity Bounds, “New” Particles and their Coupling Constants Lecture Notes for Session 10
11 Unitarity Bounds, Higgs, its Coupling Constants and Limit on its Mass Lecture Notes for Session 11
12 Electro-weak Interactions Q&L, Chapter 13
13 Review

14 Mid-term

15 Discussion on Research Topics

16 Prelude to The Standard Model (SM) Q&L, Chapter 14
17 Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking and Higgs Top-down Approach

18 Masses and Interactions of Weak Bosons and Fermions Q&L, Chapter 15
19 QCD, QED and EW Corrections within SM

20 Divergence in SM and Plausible Solutions


CP, Chapter 14
21 Technical Color CP, Section 12.8
22 Reading Assignments based on Lecture Notes on SM, and Models beyond SM

23 Presentations of Research Papers

Course Info

As Taught In
Fall 2005
Learning Resource Types
Lecture Notes
Problem Sets with Solutions