Professor Manuel Drees

I am Professor for Theoretical Particle and Astro-Particle Physics at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universtät Bonn.

Lectures

SS 04: Theoretical Astro-Particle Physics
WS 04/05: Theoretical Particle Physics 1
SS 05: Theoretical Particle Physics 2
             Seminar on Advanced Topics in Particle and Quantum Field Theory
WS 05/06: On sabbatical leave
SS 06: Astro-Particle Physics (together with Prof. Peter Schneider)
             Seminar on Relativistic Quantum Field Theory (together with Prof. Hans-Peter Nilles).
WS 06/07: Theoretische Physik 1
SS 07: Theoretische Physik 2b
WS 07/08: Collider Physics
SS 08: Astro-Particle Physics (together with Prof. Uli Klein)
WS 08/09: Theoretical Particle Physics 1
SS 09: Theoretical Particle Physics 2
WS 09/10: Collider Physics
SS 10: Theoretical Astroparticle Physics;
             Seminar on Astroparticle Physics (together with Prof. Marek Kowalski).
WS 10/11: On sabbatical leave
SS 11: Theoretische Physik 1
             Seminar on Astroparticle Physics (together with Prof. Marek Kowalski).
WS 11/12: Theoretische Physik 2
SS 12: Theoretical Astroparticle Physics
WS 12/13: Theoretical Particle Physics 1
SS 13: Theoretical Particle Physics 2
             Seminar on Astroparticle Physics (together with Prof. Marek Kowalski).
WS 13/14: Physics of the Higgs Particle
SS 14: Theoretische Physik 3: Quantenmechanik
WS 14/15: Advanced Quantum Theory
                    Seminar on Hunting Physics beyond the Standard Model (with Profs. Dreiner, Hanhart, Krewald, Luu and Wirzba)
SS 15: Theoretical Astroparticle Physics
WS 15/16: Theoretical Particle Physics 1
SS 16: Theoretical Particle Physics 2
WS 16/17: Theoretical Astroparticle Physics
SS 17: Theoretische Physik 1
             Seminar on Quantum Field Theory (with profs. Dreiner and Nilles)
WS 17/18: Theoretical Particle Physics 1
SS 18: Theoretical Particle Physics 2
             Seminar on Evidence for Physics beyond the SM (with profs. Dreiner and Nilles)
WS18/19: Theoretical Particle Physics 1
SS 19: Theoretical Astroparticle Physics
WS19/20: Theoretische Physik 2
SS 20: Theoretical Particle Physics 2
             Seminar on Advanced Topics in Quantum Field Theory (with profs. Dreiner and Kubis)
WS20/21: Theoretical Particle Physics 1

SS 21:

Theoretical Particle Physics 2
Time and Place : Monday, 12:15 to 14:00,
                            Wednesday, 12:15 to 13:00; both times notionally (!) in HS 1, PI (i.e., in the big lecture room).
First Lecture: April 12, 2021.
Last Lecture: July 21, 2021.
Tutorials: To be decided in the first week of lectures.
First session : The second week of classes.
The assignment sheets can be downloaded
here.
Figures shown in class can be found here.
The identities with two-component spinors etc can be found here .

The lecture is aimed at students interested in experimental and/or theoretical particle physics. Prior knowledge of relativistic quantum mechanics, and the Standard Model of particle physics (as covered, e.g., in the Theoretical Particle Physics 1 class) will be assumed. I will occasionally use results from Quantum Field Theory, but one should be able to follow this class without having taken lectures in Quantum Field Theory first. (Of course, everybody interested in particle theory should take the QFT classes, too!)

Only students who solve at least 50% of the homework problems of this class will be allowed to participate in the final exam!

Currently regular lectures still cannot take place. For the time being the lectures will therefore only be held electronically, via the eCampus system. In order to access the content, you first need to register for this course. Registration should be open as of now (April 7). All holders of a university ID (hence a university e-mail address) should be able to register for this course.
In order to access the content, click on "Contents of the lecture" on the eCampus site for this lecture (physics636), next to the cloud symbol. There you find two kinds of files for the lecture, i.e. four files per week. The PDF files are just static files, containing something like a manuscript of the lecture, partly typed, partly in handwriting. The mp4 files show how the PDF files were written, i.e. they show "videos" (only of the "sheet of paper", not of me!), plus voice commentary. This roughly corresponds to what you would have seen on the blackboard, and heard, in a regular lecture. Of course, the mp4 files are much bigger; also, you need an mp4 player to play them. I'm using smplayer (on Ubuntu Linux), which works fine, many other players should work as well. (The standard Windows player works at well, at least on my laptop.) The homework problems should also be accessible via the same link.


The lecture covers extensions of the Standard Model of particle physics. More specifically, the following topics will be covered:
1) Neutrino oscillations and neutrino masses
2) Grand Unification of the gauge interactions
3) Supersymmetry

Literature:
G. Ross, Grand Unified Theories, discusses both supersymmetric and non-supersymmetric GUTs.
Drees, Godbole and Roy, Theory and Phenomenology of Sparticles, gives an in-depth treatment of supersymmetry, with emphasis on phenomenological aspects.
Baer, Tata, Weak scale supersymmetry: From superfields to scattering events, is similar in scope to the previous book, but uses a different notation.
S. Martin, A Supersymmetry Primer (on the arXiv), offers a down-to-earth introduction to supersymmetry.
Peskin and Schroeder, An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, treats the underlying formalism, but also contains many particle physics applications.



Weekly Theoretical High Energy Physics seminar


Master and Doctoral Theses

Please contact me directly regarding possible topics.
I expect a Master thesis to contain new, previously unknown, scientific results. So far nearly all Bonn Diploma and Master theses in my group have led to journal publications. While I am (nearly) always available for questions and discussions, I generally encourage students to work as independently as possible. In particular, students who have their own idea about a Master topic are very welcome, if it falls in my area of expertise.

If you are interested, please contact me directly for further information. I also encourage you to talk to some of the other members of my group before committing yourself.
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