Program

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Lectures and topics

CSABA CSAKI (Cornell U.)
Topics on physics beyond the Standard Model video

These lectures provide a self-contained introduction to the essential aspects of non-supersymmetric beyond the Standard Model (BSM). After a detailed review of the physical meaning of the hierarchy problem, we introduce the key ingredients of the physics of Goldstone bosons necessary for many non-supersymmetric new physics models. Next we discuss the concept of collective symmetry breaking and then present the main elements leading to Little Higgs/Composite Higgs models. We then turn to extra-dimensional theories. After covering some of the basics of extra dimensional physics, we describe warped extra dimensions, and explain how using the AdS/CFT correspondence one arrives at realistic RS models or the holographic Minimal Composite Higgs model.

Lecture Notes

LANCE DIXON (SLAC)
Amplitudeology video

Lecture 1. Motivation and color-kinematics basics.
Lecture 2. Trees: On-shell recursion relations, color-kinematics duality and double-copy for gravity.
Lecture 3. Loops: Unitarity to sew trees into loops, and simple loop integrals.
Lecture 4. Multiple polylogarithms and the symbol.
Lecture 5. Application: Bootstrapping the 6 point amplitude in planar N=4 super-Yang-Mills theory.


GIOVANNI RIDOLFI (Genova U. & INFN)
An introduction to the standard model of electroweak interactions video

Lecture 1. Electroweak unification: from QED and the Fermi theory to the Standard Model.
Lecture 2. Masses of vector bosons: Nambu-Goldston realisation of the gauge symmetry.
Lecture 3. Masses of fermion: flavour physics.
Lecture 4. Beyond the leading order: the effective potential and the stability of the ground state.
Lecture 5. Beyond the leading order: anomaly cancellation, experimental tests of radiative corrections.

ANTONIO RIOTTO (Geneva U.)
Inflation and cosmological perturbations

Lecture 1. Introduction to the Standard Big Bang Model (SBB) and its shortcomings: the flatness problem, the entropy problem and the horizon problem.
Lecture 2. Inflationary cosmology as a solution to the drawbacks of the SBB model.
Lecture 3. Dynamics of inflation.
Lecture 4 & 5. Cosmological perturbations from inflation.

Lecture Notes

IRA ROTHSTEIN (Carnegie Mellon U.)
New Applications of Effective Field Theory video

Lecture 1. Basic Tenants of Effective Field Theory. Gapless modes and Goldstones Theorem. The Coset construction for internal symmetries.
Lecture 2. The Coset construction for Space time symmetries and a few physical examples.
Lecture 3. Introduction to the physics of binary inspirals. Designing an EFT to describe the electrodynamics of finite size systems. The EFT of atoms and molecules.
Lecture 4. The World line EFT for compact gravitating objects (NRGR). Power counting, potential and radiation.
Lecture 5. Calculating high accuracy gravitational wave templates.

Lecture Notes: Classical Effective Field Theories
Lecture Notes: Non-relativistic General Relativity

TRACY SLATYER (MIT)
Dark Matter

Lecture 1. Evidence for dark matter, gravitational probes
Lecture 2. Scenarios for the nature and origin of dark matter (including WIMPs, axions)
Lecture 3. Terrestrial searches for dark matter
Lecture 4. Astrophysical and cosmological searches for dark matter, part 1
Lecture 5. Astrophysical and cosmological searches for dark matter, part 2