Lectures on The Standard Model of

Particles and Forces

Itzhak Bars

Physics 670, Fall 2006



Class times: Tu. & Th. 10:00  - 11:50 AM, Room: KAP 150.
Office hours: Tu. & Th 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, or by appointment.
Links to homework or additional information


Recommended Books
R. Mohapatra, Unification and Supersymmetry : The Frontiers of Quark-Lepton Physics
C. Itzykson and J.-B. Zuber, Quantum Field Theory
M. E. Peskin and D. V. Schroeder, An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
S. Weinberg, The Quantum Field Theory of Fields, Vols. I , II and III
J. D. Bjorken and S.D. Drell,  Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
J. D. Bjorken and S.D. Drell,   Relativistic Quantum Fileds
W. Siegel, Fields, hep-th/9912205
P. Ramond, Field Theory - A Modern Primer
L.D. Faddeev and A.A. Slavnov, Gauge Fields: An introduction to quantum field theory
A. Zee, Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell

Additional Online Books and resources

Particle Physics Reviews, Tables and Plots (2006)
R. Mohapatra, Massive Neutrinos in Physics and Astrophysics
G. 't Hooft, 50 Years of Yang-Mills Theory
M. G. Veltman, Facts and Mysteries in Elementary Particle Physics
S. Pokorski, Gauge Field Theories
Jan Smith, Introduction to Quantum Fields on a Lattice : A Robust Mate
H. Roth, Lattice Gauge Theories : An Introduction
2006 NAS report: Revealing the Hidden Nature of Space and Time: Charting the Course for Elementary Particle Physics
2003 NAS report: Connecting Quarks with the Cosmos: Eleven Science Questions for the New Century.

Homework will be assigned, but will not be graded.
A final report on a related topic not covered in class, or that goes deeper into a topic covered in class, will be required to receive a grade. For an incomplete list of possible topics for a report see this link.


Course content and goals:
This course is designed to familiarize graduate students with the details of the Standard Model of Particles and Forces, its experimental successes and its open problems, and then introduce the theoretical concepts beyond the Standard Model, including supersymmetry, technicolor and compositeness, grand unification, and their possible physical consequences. 

Outline of lectures