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Particle Physics 2: Standard Model

Particle Physics 2: Standard Model (Winter 2010, Stanford Univ.). Instructor: Professor Leonard Susskind. In this series Professor Susskind continues his particle physics theme, focusing on the foundations of the Standard Model, which describes the interactions and properties of the observed particles. These lectures cover the basics of group theory, symmetry, symmetry breaking, which are the natural way to describe the known particles. Several lectures are devoted to the way that particles get their mass, popularly known as the Higgs mechanism. (from theoreticalminimum.com)

Lecture 01 - Particles fields and forces
Leonard Susskind introduces theoretical concepts underlying the standard model. He also gives a zoological overview of the observed particles.
Lecture 02 - Quantum chromodynamics
Basic concepts of quantum chromodynamics, The mathematics of spin, Isospin, Color, quarks, and gluons.
Lecture 03 - Group theory - part 1
Basic concepts of group theory, Groups and symmetries, Group representations, Group generators, Spin, Rotation groups, Color.
Lecture 04 - Group theory - part 2
This lecture continues developing group theory, making connections from group generators and subgroups to particles. Gluons properties are explored with this framework, including confinement of quarks.
Lecture 05 - Gauge fields and symmetry
The concept of a gauge field and it's associated symmetries. Symmetries lead to conserved charges like the electric charge and color. These concepts are used to describe the weak interaction.
Lecture 06 - The weak interaction
The weak interaction - Why is the weak force weak? Propagators, Explicit and spontaneous symmetry breaking.
Lecture 07 - Spontaneous symmetry breaking and Goldstone bosons
This lecture shows how spontaneous symmetry breaking in a field theory can lead to the creation of Goldstone bosons like the photon and gluons.
Lecture 08 - The Higgs field
Leonard Susskind explains the Higgs phenomena by discussing how spontaneous symmetry breaking induces a mass for the photon.
Lecture 09 - The Higgs field and fermions
Professor Susskind continues his description of the Higgs mechanism focusing on giving mass to fermions.
Lecture 10 - Renormalization and the running of coupling constants
Renormalization, The mass of fermions, The W boson and mass scale for Higgs boson, The running of coupling constants and unification, Gravity at short distances.

References
Particle Physics 2: Standard Model (Winter, 2010)
In this series Professor Susskind continues his particle physics theme, focusing on the foundations of the Standard Model, which describes the interactions and properties of the observed particles.


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