Theoretical Advanced Study Institute in Elementary Particle Physics (TASI)

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

June 1-26, 2009

Physics of the Large and the Small

Lecturers and Topics:

Particle Physics:

Hsin-Chia Cheng  (Davis) - Introduction to extra dimensions

Roberto Contino (CERN) - The Higgs as a Pseudo-Goldstone boson

Patrick Fox (Fermilab) - Supersymmetry and the MSSM
Tony Gherghetta (Melbourne) - Warped extra dimensions and AdS/CFT

Eva Halkiadakis (Rutgers) - Introduction to the LHC experiments

Patrick Meade (IAS) - Gauge mediation of supersymmetry breaking

Maxim Perelstein (Cornell) - Introduction to collider physics

Gilad Perez (Weizmann Inst.) - Flavor physics

David Shih (IAS) - Dynamical supersymmetry breaking

Witold Skiba (Yale) - Effective theories and electroweak precision constraints

Kathryn Zurek (Fermilab) - Unexpected signals at the LHC


Rachel Bean (Cornell) - Dark Energy

Daniel Baumann (Harvard) - Inflation

Manoj Kaplinghat (Irvine) - Large Scale Structure

Elena Pierpaoli (USC) - Cosmic Microwave Background

Richard Schnee (Syracuse) - Dark Matter Experiment

Michael Turner (Chicago) - Introduction to Cosmology

Neal Weiner (NYU) - Dark Matter Theory


Program Directors

Csaba Csaki (Cornell)

Scott Dodelson (Fermilab)


The program will consist of a pedagogical series of lectures and seminars. Lectures will be given over a four-week period, three or four lectures per day, Monday through Friday. The audience will be composed primarily of advanced theoretical graduate students. Experimentalists with a strong background in theory are also encouraged to apply. Some post-doctoral fellows will be admitted, but preference will be given to applicants who will not have received their Ph.D. before 2009. The minimum background needed to get full benefit of TASI is a knowledge of quantum field theory (including RGEs) and familiarity with the Standard Model. Some familiarity with SUSY and string theory would be helpful. We hope to provide some subsidy, but students will need partial support from other sources. Rooms, meals, and access to all facilities will be provided at reasonable rates in beautifully located dormitories at the University of Colorado.