Master course at the
Vrije Universiteit Brussel in collaboration with the Universite Libre
de Bruxelles to introduce divers aspects of physics models beyond the
Standard Model of particle physics. The course of 6 Study Points is in
English and accessible after having followed a course on the Standard
Model of particle physics including the Electroweak theory. All course
material is in English.

Agenda
2012-2013
Students not from the VUB have to register using the form via

this
link,
and submit it at the secretary of the Faculty of Science at the VUB.
This registration is free of charge. They will receive a VUB student
card which is useful on the VUB campus.

## Anomalies,
GUT's
and
the
Superspace
formalism

#### Prof. Jean-Marie Frere (ULB)

This part of the course
consists in mainly three parts

- Quantum Anomalies
(triangle anomaly): the cancellation of anomalies puts constraints on
the charges; for this part, a small intro or reminder on Partially
Conserved Axial Currents is provided, to establish the link with the
Pi0 into 2 photons, which is a direct test of anomalies
- Grand Unification
Theories: mainly SU(5) as an example, mentions of SO(10),
implications for the proton decay and charge quantization

- Supersymmetry:
a
first
introduction
presenting
the
motivation
and
the
superfield
formalism,
with
some
demonstrations
and
consequences
for
the extension of the Standard Model
to SUSY (light scalars and the doubling of the scalar structure)

Depending on the demand, the content my change somewhat, for instance
if students are more interested in neutrino physics and Majorana
masses, a subject which is often only briefly touched upon in standard
courses.

- Link to the course material (not yet available)

- List of reference articles

- Michael E. Peskin and Daneil V. Schroeder, "An
Introduction to Quantum Field Theory" (Addison-Wesley)
- Paul Langacker, "Grand Unified Theories and Proton
Decay", Phys. Reports C72 (1981) 185
- Nir Polonsky, "Supersymmetry: Structure and
Phenomena", hep-ph/0108236
- Stephen P. Martin, "A Supersymmetry Primer",
hep-ph/9709356v5
- Paul Langacker, "Standard Model and Beyond" (Taylor
& Francis, 2009)

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## The
phenomenology of Extended
Higgs
sectors
and
Supersymmetry

#### Prof. Jorgen D'Hondt (VUB)

The recently observed new
particle at CERN could be crucial in the
Standard Model of particle physics as it is within the precision
corresponding to the
Brout-Englert-Higgs boson(s). After a short reminder of the key
elements of the Electroweak theory, it will be shown that in the
Standard Model with one Higgs doublet the phenomena of the Higgs
sector are parametrized as a function of the mass of the scalar boson.
An overview is given of the experimental and theoretical information on
this mass. Using a phenomenological approach methods are introduced to
search for this the Standard Model Higgs
boson.
Beyond the Standard Model there could be more than one Higgs doublet.
In general two-Higgs Doublet Models (2HDM) we calculate the phenomena
of this extended Higgs sector. This is the basis for the Minimal
Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM), which is introduced. The main
phenomena of the particle spectrum in this model are discussed,
together with the properties of the Higgs sector. An overview of the
experimental available information on supersymmetry is provided.

- Content
- Links to the course material:
- The short reminder of the Electroweak theory and
the introduction of the advanced concepts of the Electroweak fit are
based on these transparancies
- For all other parts of the course copies of written
notes will be available
- An initial (not complete) version of the slides can
be found at HERE,
but
remember
that
these
slides
are
merely
didactic instruments.

- List of reference articles
- The LEP Electroweak Working Group, "A Combination
of Preliminary Electroweak Measurements and Constraints on the Standard
Model", arXiv:hep-ex/0612034v2
- Observation of a new particle at CERN, arXiv:1207.7235 and arXiv:1207.7214

- The LEP Electroweak Working Group, "Precision
Electroweak Measurements on the Z Resonance", arXiv:hep-ex/0509008v3

- A. Djouadi, "The Anatomy of Electro–Weak Symmetry
Breaking, Tome I: The Higgs boson in the Standard Model", arXiv:hep-ph/0503172v2

- A. Djouadi, "The Anatomy of Electro–Weak Symmetry
Breaking, Tome II: The Higgs bosons in the Minimal Supersymmetric
Model", arXiv:hep-ph/0503173v2
- S. Martin, "A supersymmetry primer", arXiv:hep-ph/9709356v5
- I. Aitchison, "Supersymmetry and the MSSM: An
Elementary Introduction", arXiv:hep-ph/0505105v1

- The exam of this part consist out of few questions on
content of the course to be answered orally (when preferred with
written preparation). Crucial for this exam is to be able to interpret
the divers concepts covered by the course.

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