Course: Standard Model of Electroweak Interactions

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Course title Standard Model of Electroweak Interactions
Course code UF/DF012
Organizational form of instruction no contact
Level of course Doctoral
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 0
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • LICHARD Peter, prof. Ing. DrSc.
Course content
The weak interaction before the gauge theories. Universal V-A theory and its problems. Intermediate vector bosons. Abelian and non-Abelian gauge invariance. Electroweak unification and gauge symmetry. SU(2)xU(1) gauge theory for leptons. Higgs mechanism. Interactions of the Higgs boson. Charged current weak and electromagnetic interactions of leptons. Elementary weak processes with leptons. Weak neutral currents, low energy neutrino-electron scattering. Weinberg angle, masses of the W and Z bosons. Interactions of the W and Z bosons, their leptonic decay widths. Electroweak interactions of quarks. Universality of weak interactions. GIM (Glashow,Iliopoulos, Maiani) mechanism, a prediction of the c quark. CP parity violation and the Kobayashi and Maskawa argument in the favor of three families of quarks. Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa (CKM) matrix and its parametrizations. Jarlskog's invariant. Quark mechanisms of the weak leptonic, semileptonic, and nonleptonic decays of hadrons. Explanation of the phenomenological selection rules for the weak decays of hadrons.

Learning activities and teaching methods
One-to-One tutorial, Skills demonstration, Students' self-study
Recommended literature
  • Guidry M. Gauge Field Theories.. WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co, 2004. ISBN 978-0-471-63117-0.
  • Ho-Kim Q., Yem X. P. Elementary Particles and Their Interactions.. Springer, 1998. ISBN 3-540-63667-6.
  • Hořejší J. Elektroslabé sjednocení a stromová unitarita.. Univerzita Karlova, 1993. ISBN 80-7066-674-9.
  • Hořejší J. Fundamentals of Electroweak Theory.. The Karolinum Press, 2002. ISBN 80-246-0639-9.
  • Maggiore M. A Modern Introduction to Quantum Field Theory.. Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN 0-19-852074-3.


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