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Syllabus of the course: Classical Field Theory and the Standard Model

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InstructorN. Tsamis
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Goal of the courseThe course is intended for graduate students as well as for undergraduates with the proper background. The basic aim of the course is to study classical field theory and the standard model of fundamental interactions.
SyllabusIntroduction to Lagrangian field theory. Elements of Lie groups, Lie algebras and group representations Symmetries and Noether theorem. The gauge principle, Abelian and non-Abelian gauge theories. Spontaneous breaking of global symmetries, Goldstone theorem. Higgs mechanism. The Standard Model Lagrangian and its basic phenomenology. Simple topological solitons and magnetic monopoles. Non-topological solitons. Instantons and sphalerons in gauge theories. Fermions in background gauge fields.
Bibliography«Classical Theory of Gauge Fields» - V. Rubakov, Oxford University Press «Classical Solutions in Quantum Field Theory - Solitons and Instantons in High Energy Physics» - E. Weinberg, Cambridge University Press «Aspects of Symmetry» - S. Coleman, Cambridge University Press

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