Physics 610                Collider Physics

Fall, 2010

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Course Description


Physics 610 will cover the following topics in Collider Physics:

  • Introduction to the elementary particles and interactions
  • The Standard Model
  • Electroweak Symmetry Breaking
  • Precision Tests of the Standard Model
  • Problems with the Standard Model
  • Extensions to the Standard Model
  • Experiments with Hadron Colliders
  • Experiments with Lepton Colliders

These topics represent an overview of the important issues in particle physics research today. Throughout the course, the interplay between theory and experiment will be emphasized.

Course Administration

Instructor: Prof. Jim Brau

414B Willamette
(enter through 414 Willamette)
jimbrau at

Class Hours: TuTh 12:00 - 1:50 (tentative)

Classroom: 318 Willamette Hall

Office Hours: MW 10-11 am

Physics 610 web page:

Reading Material


Primary Study Materials:

Introduction to Electroweak Symmetry Breaking
Sally Dawson
Lectures given at the XIII Mexican School of Particles and Fields, 2-11 October, 2008, Sonora, Mexico
AIP Conf.Proc.1116:11-34,2009

Unanswered Questions in the Electroweak Theory
Chris Quigg

Unanswered Questions in the Higgs Bosons, Electroweak Symmetry Breaking, and the Physics of the Large Hadron Collider
Chris Quigg

Supersymmetry in Elementary Particle Physics
Michael Peskin
Lectures presented at the 2006 TASI summer school

Beyond the Standard Model
J. Lliopoulos
Lectures presented at 2007 European School of High-Energy Physics

Dark Matter and Particle Physics
Michael Peskin

Secondary Study Materials:

The Anatomy of Electroweak Symmetry Breaking I: The Higgs Boson in the Standard Model
Abdelhak Djouadi

The Anatomy of Electro-Weak Symmetry Breaking. II: The Higgs bosons in the Minimal Supersymmetric Model
Abdelhak Djouadi

Beyond the Standard Model : supersymmetry
I. Antoniadis
Lectures presented at 2008 European School of High-Energy Physics

Particle Data Group Tables and Reports

Grading Policy

Grades will be based on homework problem sets, a mid-term exam and a final exam.


This course is a one semester stand-alone course, intended for students with an interest in the underlying theoretical basis of energy frontier collider experiments. Students should have mastered undergraduate courses on

  • Modern physics
  • Basic quantum mechanics
  • Relativistic mechanics