Physics P635-636
Frontier Particle Physics I-II
Fall 2010

Course WWW home page: http://physics.indiana.edu/~berger/p635_fall2010.html

MWF 12:20-1:10 (Section 28132)
Swain West 218
Instructor: Mike Berger

Phone: (812) 855-2609
Email: berger AT indiana.edu
WWW: http://physics.indiana.edu/~berger/aboutme.html
Office Hours: Thursday, 2pm-4pm, and by appt.

Frontier Particle Physics I-II (P635-636):
  • The first semester will be devoted to an introduction to string theory.
  • The second semester will be devoted to the particle physics of the Standard Model and beyond.
  • o Text

    B. Zwiebach, A First Course in String Theory (2nd edition).

    Table of Contents

    o Other (Possibly) Useful Reference Material

    K. Becker, M. Becker, and J. H. Schwarz, String Theory and M-Theory: A Modern Introduction

    V. B. Berestetskii, et al., Quantum Electrodynamics.

    J.D. Bjorken and S.D. Drell, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics.

    J.D. Bjorken and S.D. Drell, Relativistic Quantum Fields.

    L. Brown, Quantum Field Theory.

    F. Gross, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory.

    P. Deligne (ed.), et al., Quantum Fields and Strings: A Course for Mathematicians.

    M. Dine, Supersymmetry and String Theory: Beyond the Standard Model.

    M. B. Green, J. H. Schwarz, and E. Witten, Superstring Theory, Vol 1-2.

    B. Hatfield, Quantum Field Theory of Point Particles and Strings.

    C. Itzykson and J. Zuber, Quantum Field Theory.

    C. Johnson, D-Branes.

    M. Kaku, Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction.

    M. Kaku, Strings, Conformal Fields, and M-Theory.

    E. Kiritsis, String Theory in a Nutshell

    T. Ortin, Gravity and Strings.

    P. Ramond, Field Theory: A Modern Primer.

    J. Polchinski, String Theory, Vol 1-2.

    L. Ryder, Quantum Field Theory.

    J. J. Sakurai, Advanced Quantum Mechanics.

    W. Siegel, Fields, Available online.

    R. J. Szabo, An Introduction to String Theory and D-brane Dynamics.

    S. Weinberg, Quantum Theory of Fields, Vol. 1 & 2.

    J. Zinn-Justin, Quantum Field Theory and Critical Phenomena.

    o Problem Sets

    Problem Sets will typically be due on Fridays.

    Problem Set 1

    Problem Set 2

    Problem Set 3

    Problem Set 4

    Problem Set 5

    Problem Set 6

    o Grading

    70% Problem Sets, 30% Take Home Exam.