Target group 
Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences is responsible for the course.
Modules where the course belong to:
 PAP300 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
Optional for:
 Study Track in Particle Physics and Cosmology
 TCM300 Advanced Studies in Theoretical and Computational Methods
The course is available to students from other degree programmes. 
Timing 
Can be taken after introduction to particle physics courses, but quantum field theory I/II recommended to take at the same time or earlier.
Given every second year (even years) in the spring term (IIIIV periods). 
Learning outcomes 
The student will learn
 principle of Higgs mechanism, and the reasons behind it, e.g. unitarity in the Standard Model
 to apply Higgs mechanism in various models, including the Standard Model and minimal supersymmetric standard model
 the consequences of Higgs mechanism (Higgs branching ratios, Higgs production)
 effects of radiative corrections on Higgs physics
 effective potential, its improvement
 vacuum stability, fixed point and triviality
 use of various Higgs representations, e.g. in grand unification

Completion methods 
Lectures are each week, exercise session for the returned homework are once per week. In the end of the term, there is a written home exam. 
Prerequisites 
Introduction to particle physics I/II or corresponding knowledge. 
Recommended optional studies 
 Quantum field theory I/II
 Supersymmetry

Contents 
 Higgs mechanism: U(1) gauge theory
 Symmetries and symmetry breaking  Goldstone theory
 The Standard Model. Unitarity.
 Higgs branching ratios
 Production of Higgs
 Radiative corrections to Higgs mass
 The Standard Model effective potential. Renormalization group improvement.
 Vacuum stability. Fixed point and triviality.
 The minimal supersymmetric standard model. The Higgs potential. Radiative electroweak symmetry breaking.
 Masses of the Higgs bosons. Radiative corrections to Higgs couplings.
 Explicit CP violation with radiative corrections
 SUSY Higgs decay modes
 SUSY Higgs production at colliders
 Grand unification: SU(5) GUT

Study materials and literature 
Lecture notes.
Supplementary:
 J. Gunion, H. Haber, G. Kane, S. Dawson: The Higgs Hunter's Guide
(Addison Wesley, 1990)  M. Sher: Electroweak Higgs potentials and vacuum stability
(Phys.Rep. 179 (1989) 273418)  S. Dawson: Introduction to electroweak symmetry breaking (hepph/9901280)
 M. Carena, H. Haber: Higgs boson theory and phenomenology (hepph/0208209)

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 
Weekly lectures and exercises (individual work).Final exam. Total hours 135. 
Assessment practices and criteria 
The written home exam contributes 75%, while howework including active participation in the lectures contributes 25% to the final grade. 