Higgs Physics

Autumn term 2013 (periods I, II)

Lecturer: Sami Lehti HIP B321  191 50566 
Credits:
7 op, 13 lectures, 12 exercises and home exam
Lectures: Friday 12-14  Room D117 

Exercises: Friday 14-16  Room D117 

Solutions to exercises should be returned by Friday noon to the box located in the A-wing of the 2nd floor.
Exercises will contribute 20% of the grade.

Exam: Home exam will be given on Dec 13, and it should be returned by Dec 20.  

Course description:

Topics covered include:

Higgs mechanism: U(1) gauge theory
Symmetries and symmetry breaking - Goldstone theory
The Standard Model. Unitarity.
The Standard Model effective potential. Renormalization group improvement.
Vacuum stability bounds on the Higgs mass. Fixed point and triviality bound.
Higgs branching ratios
Higgs production
Radiative corrections to Higgs mass
The Two Higgs Double Model.
The Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model. The Higgs potential. Radiative electroweak symmetry breaking.
Masses of the Higgs bosons. Radiative corrections to Higgs couplings.

Lecture notes:

Sep 6
Intro
Sep 6
Lect 1
Sep 13
Lect 2
Sep 20
Lect 3
Sep 27
Lect 4
Oct 4
Lect 5
Oct 11
Lect 6
Oct 18
Lect 7
Nov 1
Lect 8
Nov 8
Lect 9
Nov 15
Lect 10
Nov 22
Lect 11
Nov 29
Lect 12
Dec 13
Lect 13

Literature:

J. Gunion, H. Haber, G. Kane, S. Dawson: The Higgs Hunter's Guide
(Addison Wesley, 1990) 
M. Sher: Electroweak Higgs potentials and vacuum stability
(Phys.Rep. 179 (1989) 273-418)  
S. Dawson: Introduction to electroweak symmetry breaking (hep-ph/9901280)  
M. Carena, H. Haber: Higgs boson theory and phenomenology (hep-ph/0208209)  
D. Rainwater: Searching for the Higgs boson (hep-ph/0702124)  

Exercises:


Sep 13
Exercise 1
Sep 20
Exercise 2
Sep 27
Exercise 3
Oct 4
Exercise 4
Oct 11
Exercise 5
Oct 18
Exercise 6
Nov 1
Exercise 7
Nov 8
Exercise 8
Nov 15
Exercise 9
Nov 22
Exercise 10
Nov 29
Exercise 11
Dec 13
Exercise 12