
THEORETICAL PHYSICS OF THE FUNDAMENTAL INTERACTIONS
Second cycle degree in PHYSICS
Campus:
PADOVA
Language:
English
Teaching period:
First Semester
Lecturer:
PIERPAOLO MASTROLIA
Number of ECTS credits allocated:
6
Prerequisites:

This course requires basic knowledge of theoretical physics and quantum field theory, for free fields. 
Examination methods:

Written and oral exams 
Course unit contents:

Outline:
1. Quantum Electrodynamics: Feynman rules; scattering processes at treelevel: Rutherford scattering, Compton scattering, Bhabha scattering and Bremsstrahlung.
2. Basics of Radiative corrections and Renormalization.
3. NonAbelian gauge theories. Lie Algebra, covariant derivatives, kinetic terms and selfinteraction of gauge fields.
4. SU(3) gauge theory and Quantum Chromodynamics.
The color algebra.
Feynman rules and treelevel scattering amplitudes for gluons and quarks.
5. Introduction to the Weak interaction.
Fermi's theory: Feynman rules and the muon decay.
SU(2) x U(1) gauge theory and Electroweak unification.
6. Spontaneous symmetry breaking: breaking of a discrete symmetry; spontaneous breaking of global U(1) symmetry; Goldstone theorem; the Higgs mechanism.
7. Spontaneous symmetry breaking of SU(2)xU(1) and the Higgs doublet.
8. The Standard Model Lagrangean. 

