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Undergraduate Course: The Standard Model (PHYS11036)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaUndergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe methods developed in Relativistic Quantum Field Theory (PHY-4-RelQFT) are applied to construct and analyse the physics of the electroweak Standard Model and Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) after having derived the Feynman rules. The necessary group theoretical knowledge will be introduced during the course and used to introduce the quark model.
A central role in the electroweak theory will be played by the Higgs mechanism and flavour physics. For QCD the concept of a running coupling and the beta function will be motivated. The phenomenology of the Standard Model will be discussed for e+e-colliders, DIS (deep inelastic scattering) and hadronic collisions. Special emphasis will be put on Higgs physics at present and future collider experiments.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Methods of Mathematical Physics (PHYS10034) AND Classical Electrodynamics (PHYS11045) AND Relativistic Quantum Field Theory (PHYS11021)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements At least 80 credit points accrued incourses of SCQF Level 9 or 10 drawn from Schedule Q.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2014/15 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 12/01/2015
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 11, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 61 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)The Standard Model2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course it is intended that a student is:
1) familiar with symmetry principles in relativistic field theories and to be able to apply Noether's Theorem
2) able to construct simple abelian/nonabelian field theories
3) familiar with spontaneous symmetry breakdown in the sigma model, and the the Goldstone Theorem
4) able to formulate spontaneously broken gauge theories and to be familiar with the Higgs mechanism
5) familiar with the Standard Model (SM) Lagrangian, its derivation and its Feynman rules in the unitary gauge
6) able to evaluate simple tree-level scattering processes in the SM
7) familiar with the quark model
8) the concept of a running coupling, the beta function and asymptotic freedom in QCD
9) familiar with the QCD parton model, parton distribution functions and the Altarelli-Parisi equations
10) familiar with the Flavour sector of the SM and the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa Matrix
11) familiar with collider phenomenology and tests of the SM, especially with Higgs boson phenomenology at present and future colliders like the LHC (Large Hadron Collider at CERN).
Assessment Information
Degree Examination 80%
Coursework 20%
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Course organiserDr Peter Boyle
Tel: (0131 6)50 5239
Course secretaryMs Rosie Edwards
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