Physics Beyond the Standard Model

Physics Beyond the Standard Model

The Effective Theory of the Standard Model
     - Accidental symmetries of the SM
    - Lepton number violating operators and neutrino masses
    - Baryon number violating operators and proton decay
    - Flavour violating operators and FCNC
    - Electroweak precision tests
 
 The Higgs Sector of the Standard Model and Beyond
     - Experimental status
    - CCWZ description of electroweak symmetry breaking:
        - Higgs mechanism and custodial symmetry
        - perturbative unitarity and the SM limit
    - The Higgs as a pseudo Nambu Goldstone Boson (pNGB)
    - Two Higgs doublet model: its flavor problem and solutions

 Axions
    - The strong CP problem
    - PQ symmetry, the QCD axion and its solution to the strong CP problem
    - Axion models, axion properties and its effective field theory
    - The axion as a Dark Matter candidate and its cosmology
    - Existing bounds and detection techniques
 
 Grand Unified Theories
     SU(5):
    - SM embedding and proton decay
    - SU(5) breaking
    - Higgs and flavour
    - EWSB and hierarchy problem
    - Gauge coupling unification
 
 Supersymmetry
     - The hierarchy problem and its supersymmetric solution
    - The minimal SM extension (MSSM): Lagrangian, R-parity,
      EWSB, spectrum and mixings
    - Gauge coupling unification
    - Proton decay
    - The flavour problem and the mass insertion approximation
    - Dark Matter: LSP detection via direct and collider searches
    - Collider phenomenology