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Postgraduate Course: The Standard Model (PGPH11095)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe 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.
Course description Not entered
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 None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 61 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 20% Coursework
80% Examination
Feedback Feedback will be given in the form of written comments and grades on continuously assessed coursework, and 1:1 discussion during tutorial sessions.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. familiar with the Standard Model (SM) Lagrangian, its Feynman rules in the unitary gauge
  2. able to evaluate simple tree-level scattering processes in the Standard model
  3. familiar the Goldstone Theorem, spontaneously broken gauge theories and the Higgs mechanism
  4. familiar with the quark model,the QCD parton model, parton distribution functions, and their role in phenomenology
  5. familiar with the Flavour sector of the SM, the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa Matrix, and apply their role in phenomenology at present and future colliders like the LHC
Learning Resources
Burgess and Moore, The Standard Model: A Primer

Peskin and Schroeder, An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Peter Boyle
Tel: (0131 6)50 6573
Course secretary Yuhua Lei
Tel: (0131 6) 517067
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