Graduate Lectures (School Year 2020-21)

Flavour Physics
  • Lecturer: Alex Lenz (Universität Siegen)
  • Finalized lecture times:
    • May 11, 10am-12am
    • May 12, 10am-12am
    • May 13, 10am-12am
  • Lectures will be delivered online (via Zoom). Details sent via email.
  • Contents:
    • The effective Hamiltonian: basics, tree-level operators (potential BSM effect on the CKM angle gamma), loop-level operators (penguins, Q_9, Q_10, relation to flavour anomalies)
    • Neutral meson mixing (basics, effects on the determination of the CKM matrix, bounds on BSM models)
  • Slides from Lecture 1 (download here)
  • Slides from Lecture 2 (download here)
  • Slides from Lecture 3 (download here)
  • Complete lecture notes (download here)


Theoretical considerations relating to HEP statistical analysis and systematic uncertainties
  • Lecturer: Chris Lester
  • Finalized Lecture Times:
    • Wed, May 19:
      • 10am-12:00(noon)
      • 1pm-2pm
  • Lecture notes available here.
  • Contents:
    • likelihoods vs probability densities,
    • discrete vs continuous distributions,
    • Neyman-Pearson lemma,
    • Bayesian-vs-Frequentist,
    • examples using perhaps reversible jump montecarlo and two dimensional discriminator variables.
    • Some coverage of systematic uncertainties in HEP will also be provided, with emphasis on what they are and what they are not.


Search strategies at the LHC
  • Lecturer: Oleg Brandt
  • Finalized Lecture Times:
    • Tue, May 25:
      • 2:00pm-3:00pm
      • 3:30pm-4:30pm
  • Lectures will be delivered online (via Zoom).
  • Lecture notes available here
  • Syllabus: Hypothesis testing, the CLs method (central to understanding searches at the LHC) using the hunt for the Higgs boson at LEP, Tevatron, and the LHC for illustration, followed by representative examples how searches are designed.
  • Important information:
Computing in HEP
  • Lecturer: Rene Poncelet
  • Finalized Lecture Times:
    • 8 June (10am-11am): Computing Tools for HEP
    • 9 June (10am-12noon): Tutorial & Exercises
  • This introduction to computing is indented to bridge the gap between basic computing knowledge on Unix systems and the handling of bread-and-butter tools and software in HEP. As preparation for the tutorial please download and install the VMware Workstation player (tested version 16, Linux recommended, iOS is known to work with some tweaks). This is a free software tool to run virtual machines. The prepared virtual machine is available here. It contains the preinstalled software that will be used during the tutorial.
  • Additional information for MacOS users: it is also possible to use “VirtualBox” to start the virtual machine by following the instructions given here.


BSM Physics
  • Lecturer: Tevong You
  • Finalized Lecture Times:  
    • 14 June: 10:00am-11:00am
    • 15 June: 10:00am-11:00am
    • 16 June: 10:00am-11:00am
    • 17 June: 10:00am-11:00am
    • 18 June: 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Lectures will be delivered online (vis Zoom – details to follow by email).
  • Abstract: In these five short lectures on beyond the Standard Model (BSM) physics I will give an overview of the pre- and post-Higgs-discovery era perspectives on the topic and introduce some of the theoretical tools and ideas involved.
NEW (TBD)!  Introduction to scientific computing and software design
  • Lecturer: TBD
  • Lectures: TBD (over Zoom).