UFDF012 Standard Model of Electroweak Interactions

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Summer 2022
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 0 credit(s). Type of Completion: dzk.
Guaranteed by
prof. Ing. Peter Lichard, DrSc.
Institute of Physics - Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Prerequisite course: UF/DF001
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Description of electroweak processes, which are important both in elementary particle physics and astrophysics.
  • 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.
    recommended literature
  • Maggiore M. A Modern Introduction to Quantum Field Theory. Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN 0-19-852074-3. info
  • Guidry M. Gauge Field Theories. WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co, 2004. ISBN 978-0-471-63117-0. info
  • Hořejší J. Fundamentals of Electroweak Theory. The Karolinum Press, 2002. ISBN 80-246-0639-9. info
  • Ho-Kim Q., Yem X. P. Elementary Particles and Their Interactions. Springer, 1998. ISBN 3-540-63667-6. info
  • Hořejší J. Elektroslabé sjednocení a stromová unitarita. Univerzita Karlova, 1993. ISBN 80-7066-674-9. info
Teaching methods
One-to-One tutorial
Skills demonstration
Students' self-study
Assessment methods (in Czech)
Kombinovaná zkouška
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
Teacher's information
The attendance at lectures is recommended. It may be substituted by the self-study of recommended literature and individual consultations.
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2000, Summer 2001, Winter 2001, Summer 2002, Winter 2002, Summer 2003, Winter 2003, Summer 2004, Winter 2004, Summer 2005, Winter 2006, Summer 2007, Winter 2007, Summer 2008, Winter 2008, Summer 2009, Winter 2009, Summer 2010, Winter 2010, Summer 2011, Winter 2011, Summer 2012, Winter 2012, Summer 2013, Winter 2013, Summer 2014, Winter 2014, Summer 2015, Winter 2015, Summer 2016, Winter 2016, Summer 2017, Winter 2017, Summer 2018, Winter 2018, Summer 2019, Winter 2019, Summer 2020, Winter 2020, Summer 2021, Winter 2021.
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