Standard Model of Particle Physics

summer term 2023
Lecturer: Prof. S. Hansmann-Menzemer, Dr. F. Goertz
38 participants

Practice groups

  • Group 1 (Tim Herbermann)
    12 participants
    Philos.-weg 12/R 070, Tue 14:15 - 16:00
  • Group 2 (Aika Tada)
    9 participants
    Philos.-weg 12, kHS, Tue 16:15 - 18:00
  • Group 3 (Valentina Montoya)
    17 participants
    Philos.-weg 12 / R 060, Wed 14:15 - 16:00

Standard Model of Particle Physics



Dr. F. Goertz
Prof. Dr. S. Hansmann-Menzemer



Philosophenweg 12, Large Lecture Hall
Wednesday, 9:15 am - 11:00 am
Friday, 9:15 am - 11:00 am


The written examination will take place on July 24, 2023, 9:30 - 12:00 in INF 227 HS1 You can enter the lecture hall from 9:15h on. Please bring a (student) ID card with you. You are allowed to bring one A4 sheet (front and back page) with hand-written notes. You can use your own calculater, if it is not able to connect to the internet. You can have a look at the correction of the exam on 28.07. at 4pm in the gold box (ground floor INF 226).

In this course we discuss the Standard Model (SM) of Particle Physics from the theoretical and experimental perspectives. The gauge theories of the electroweak and strong interactions and their experimental tests are discussed in detail. The current status of the SM and some directions for physics beyond the SM are discussed.

Topics to be discussed:
Relativistic quantum mechanics, relativistic quantum fields, gauge theory of electroweak interactions, electroweak symmetry breaking, quantum chromodynamics, CP violation, neutrino physics, physics beyond the Standard Model. 
See below for a more detailed outline (preliminary). 

Lectures on Particle Physics, Quantum Mechanics, and Electrodynamics or equivalent.



FG      :       Dr. F. Goertz
SHM   :       Prof. Dr. S. Hansmann-Menzemer


Topic Lecturer
19.4. Historical Introduction to the Standard Model SHM
21.4. Quantum Field Theory I: Fundamentals FG
26.4. Quantum Field Theory II: Fundamentals FG
28.4. Quantum Field Theory III: Fundamentals FG
3.5. Quantum Field Theory IV: Fundamentals FG
5.5. Quantum Field Theory V: Feynman Diagrams, Cross Sections, and the S-Matrix FG
10.5. Experimental Probes of QED SHM
12.5. g-2 of Electron and Muon HCSC
17.5. Gauge Theory and the SM I: QED FG
19.5. Casimir Effect & Co SHM
24.5. Gauge Theory and the SM II: (Non-Abelian) Gauge Theory (I) FG
26.5. Gauge Theory and the SM III: (Non-Abelian) Gauge Theory (II) - Towards the Standard Model FG
31.5. Gauge Theory and the SM IV: Sigma Model, Symmetry Breaking, and Godstone Bosons FG
2.6. Gauge Theory and the SM V: Massive Gauge Bosons, Electroweak Symmetry Breaking and the Electroweak Standard Model FG
7.6. Gauge Theory and the SM VI: The Electroweak Standard Model and its Phenomenology I FG
9.6. Gauge Theory and the SM VII: The Electroweak Standard Model and its Phenomenology II FG
14.6. Muon Decay and Muon Lifetime SHM

Test of Elektroweak Physics I

21.6. Test of Elektrowak Physics II /Higgs I SHM
23.6. Higgs II SHM
28.6. SM Recap / Renormalization FG
30.6. Renormalization II and Quantum Chromodynamics FG
5.7. Experimental Test of QCD SHM
7.7. Flavour Physics and CP Violation SHM
12.7. Flavour Physics and CP Violation SHM
14.7. Beyond Standard Model Physics FG
19.7. Beyond Standard Model Physics / SM-EFT FG
21.7. Question and anwser session with tutors and lecturer  
24.7.  exam  



The tutorials will start 25.-26.04. with a repetition class.

The first exercise sheet will be on the web on 21.04. and expected to be handed in online by Thu 27.04. 18:00h.

You can hand in the sheets in groups of maximum three students.

There are in total 12 sheets with 12 points each. A minimum of 72 points are the prerequisite to take part in the exam.


Particle Physics & Standard Model
    I.J.R. Aitchison, A.J.G. Hey: Gauge Theories in Particle Physics
    C. Burgess, G. Moore: The Standard Model - A Primer
    T.P. Cheng, L.F. Li: Gauge Theory of Elementary Particle Physics
    R.K. Ellis, W.J. Stirling, B.R. Webber: QCD and Collider Physics
    F. Halzen, A.D.Martin: Quarks and Leptons
    O. Nachtmann: Elementarteilchenphysik - Phänomene und Konzepte
    D.H. Perkins: Introduction to High Energy Physics
    S. Pokorski: Gauge Field Theories
    C. Quigg: Gauge Theories of the Strong, Weak, and Electromagnetic Interactions
    M. Thomson: Modern Particle Physics
Quantum Field Theory
    T. Banks: Modern Quantum Field Theory: A Concise Introduction
    M.E. Peskin, D.V. Schroeder: An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
    L.H. Ryder: Quantum Field Theory
    M.D. Schwartz: Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model
    S. Weinberg: The Quantum Theory of Fields I,II,III
    A. Zee: Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell
    L. Alvarez-Gaume, M.A. Vazquez-Mozo: An Invitation to Quantum Field Theory


Standard Model of Particle Physics
summer term 2023
Hansmann-Menzemer Goertz
Link zum LSF
38 participants