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Physics beyond the standard model

année académique

Titulaire(s) du cours

Thomas HAMBYE (Coordonnateur) et Michel TYTGAT

Crédits ECTS


Langue(s) d'enseignement


Contenu du cours

This course is shared between ULB (Pr Michel Tytgat) and VUB (Pr Steven Lowette) and therefore will be given in English.

The topics to be covered include:

  • Effective vs renormalizable quantum field theorie

  • A recap of the Standard Model

  • Chiral and scale anomalies

  • Grand Unification Theories

  • Neutrino masses and mixing

  • Strong CP problem

  • Contemporary anomalies: lepton universality, g-2 of the muon, flavor physics, dark matter problem,...

  • Experimental aspects of searches for BSM physcics, including supersymmetric particles


Objectifs (et/ou acquis d'apprentissages spécifiques)

To grasp the meaning of effective field theories and renormalizability; to clarify the underlying structure of the Standard Model; to appreciate its shortcomings and understand why the community is looking for physics beyond the Standard Model; to develop skills in QFT, the use of symmetries in physics and experimental analysis. 

Pré-requis et Co-requis

Connaissances et compétences pré-requises ou co-requises

It is strongly recommended to have taken the following courses (or equivalent): 

PHYS F 410 : théorie quantique des champs I
PHYS F 422 : Modèle Standard des interactions fondamentales

Some topics will be easier to grasp if you have taken or are taking in parallel the followings: 

PHYS F 440 : théorie quantique des champs II
PHYS F  415 Cosmologie

For experimental aspects, the relevant courses are 

PHYS F 416 : Physique des particules


Cours co-requis

Méthodes d'enseignement et activités d'apprentissages

2 hours of lectures (black board and/or slides); 2 hours of exercices (in practice, 90' + 90').

There will be no specific homework beyond the exercices.


Références, bibliographie et lectures recommandées

An Introduction To Quantum Field Theory de Michael E. Peskin et Daniel V. Schroeder for basics of QFT

Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model de Matthew D. Schwartz for some specific aspects of QFT

Gauge Theory of Elementary Particle Physics de Ta-Pei Cheng et Ling-Fong Li for more BSM aspects

Supplementary material will be provided if necessary

Autres renseignements

Informations complémentaires

Beware : due to distinct university agendas, the course will start on Wednesday September 28th at 2 pm. The first lessons will be given by Michel Tytgat. For location, see the ULB UV (Université Virtuelle). 



michel.tytgat AT ulb.be
steven.lowette AT vub.be




Méthode(s) d'évaluation

  • Autre


The exam will be oral and will take place in January 2023 (1st session). It will be based on the material presented during the lectures. The students will be invited to deepen a specific topic of their choice. 


Construction de la note (en ce compris, la pondération des notes partielles)

The note is based on the oral exam. 

Langue(s) d'évaluation

  • anglais
  • (éventuellement anglais, français )