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
- 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.
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 (III-IV periods).
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
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.
Introduction to particle physics I/II or corresponding knowledge.
|Recommended optional studies
- Quantum field theory I/II
- 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
- 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) 273-418)
- S. Dawson: Introduction to electroweak symmetry breaking (hep-ph/9901280)
- M. Carena, H. Haber: Higgs boson theory and phenomenology (hep-ph/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.