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Course unit
ADVANCED TOPICS IN THE THEORY OF THE FUNDAMENTAL INTERACTIONS
SCP7081741, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
PHYSICS
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Degree course track PHYSICS OF THE FUNDAMENTAL INTERACTIONS [001PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ADVANCED TOPICS IN THE THEORY OF THE FUNDAMENTAL INTERACTIONS
Website of the academic structure http://physics.scienze.unipd.it/2018/laurea_magistrale
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge DAVIDE CASSANI
Other lecturers BRANDO BELLAZZINI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines FIS/02 Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Models and Methods 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 ADVANCED TOPICS IN THE THEORY OF THE FUNDAMENTAL INTERACTIONS 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 CASSANI DAVIDE (Presidente)
BELLAZZINI BRANDO (Membro Effettivo)
GIUSTO STEFANO (Membro Effettivo)
RIGOLIN STEFANO (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of theoretical physics of the fundamental interactions, in particular of
quantum field theory.
Target skills and knowledge: The first part of the course presents the methods and ideas of effective field theory, one of the most powerful organising principle in fundamental physics. We will proceed through explicit examples of the main ideas, focusing on those that are both pedagogical and relevant in physical systems that have been observed, or that are looked for, experimentally. The second part of the course provides a basic introduction to supersymmetry. It also aims at showing how the powerful tools of supersymmetry allow to determine completely the low-energy effective action of certain non-Abelian gauge theories.
Examination methods: Discussion of selected topics from the program of the course, including resolution of problems.
Assessment criteria: Knowledge and understanding of the topics explained during the lectures and ability to solve related elementary problems.
Course unit contents: FIRST PART (Brando Bellazzini)
- Effective Field Theories and power counting
- Wilsonian approach to the Renormalization Group flow
- Chiral lagrangian in QCD
- Callan-Coleman-Wess-Zumino formalism
- Ward identities, soft theorems and symmetries
- time permitting: composite Higgs, Euler-Heisenberg Lagrangians, axions, no-go theorems.

SECOND PART (Davide Cassani)
- Motivations for supersymmetry
- Supersymmetry algebra and its representations
- Superspace and Superfields
- Supersymmetric Lagrangians
- Spontaneous breaking of supersymmetry
- Holomorphicity and non-renormalization theorems
- Theories with extended supersymmetry
- Supersymmetric low-energy effective actions and Seiberg-Witten solution
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Blackboard lessons, discussion of examples, homework assignments.
Additional notes about suggested reading: A list of online lecture notes will be provided during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Steven Weinberg, The Quantum Theory of Fields, Vol. I, II, III.. --: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • Tom Banks, Modern Quantum Field Theory: A Concise Introduction. --: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Matthew Schwartz, Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model. --: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Julius Wess, Jonathan Bagger, Supersymmetry and Supergravity. --: Princeton University Press, 1992. Cerca nel catalogo