8.325 Relativistic Quantum Field Theory III

Spring 2007

A simulation of Higgs decay in the CMS detector.
The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider will, once it is built, look for the Higgs boson and evidence of physics beyond the standard model. This image is a simulation depicting the decay of a Higgs particle following a collision of two protons in the CMS experiment. (Image courtesy of CERN.)

Course Description

This course is the third and last term of the quantum field theory sequence. Its aim is the proper theoretical discussion of the physics of the standard model. Topics include: quantum chromodynamics; the Higgs phenomenon and a description of the standard model; deep-inelastic scattering and structure functions; basics of lattice gauge theory; operator products and effective theories; detailed structure of the standard model; spontaneously broken gauge theory and its quantization; instantons and theta-vacua; topological defects; introduction to supersymmetry.
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Prof. Iain Stewart

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session