course dates credits
Beyond the Standard Model Jan 15 - Mar 29 2
teachers schedule term
Andrea Romanino, Aleksandr Azatov 10:00 - 11:15 2

Program:

  • The Standard Model as an effective theory
    • Accidental symmetries of the SM
    • Lepton number violating operators and neutrino masses
    • Baryon number violating operators and proton decay
    • Flavour violating operators and FCNC
    • Electroweak precision tests and the little hierarchy problem
  • Beyond the Higgs sector of the Standard Model
    • Experimental status
    • CCWZ description of electroweak symmetry breaking:
    • - Higgs mechanism and custodial symmetry
    • - perturbative unitarity and recovering the SM
    • The Higgs as a pNGB
    • Two Higgs doublet model
  • Grand unification
    • SU(5):
    • - SM embedding, gauge lagrangian and proton decay
    • - SU(5) breaking
    • - Higgs and flavour
    • - EW symmetry breaking, 2-3 splitting problem, hierarchy problem
    • - gauge coupling unification
    • SO(10)
  • The hierarchy problem
  • Supersymmetry
    • The minimal SM extension (MSSM):
    • Lagrangian, R-parity, benchmarks
    • Electroweak symmetry breaking
    • Spectrum and mixings
    • The flavour problem and the mass insertion approximation
    • Example of interaction terms: LSP direct detection
    • Proton decay: D = 4, 5, 6
    • Collider phenomenology
  • Optional
    • Supersymmetry recap

      Prerequisites:

      • QFT course
      • SM course
      • Supersymmetry course or recap

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