Theoretical Advanced Study Institute in Elementary Particle Physics (TASI)

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

June 4- 29, 2012

Searching for New Physics at Small and Large Scales

Lecturers and Topics:

Particle Physics:

Peter Skands (CERN) - Introduction to QCD
Jesse Thaler (MIT) - Super-tricks for Superspace

Michael Peskin (Stanford) - Weak Interactions and Higgs, Theory

Yuri Gershtein (Rutgers) - LHC and Higgs, Experiment

Veronica Sanz (York& CERN) - Collider physics

Aaron Pierce (Michigan) - SUSY at the LHC

Michele Papucci (Berkeley): SUSY Model Building

Jesse Shelton (Yale) - Jet substructure and new physics

Rouven Essig (SUNY Stony Brook) - Dark Matter from Particle Physics


Edmund Bertschinger (MIT) - Introduction to Cosmology

Robert Caldwell (Dartmouth) - Dark Energy

Fabian Schmidt (Caltech) - Modified gravity

Julien Lesgourgues (EPFL Lausanne & CERN) - cosmological perturbations and dark matter

Leonardo Senatore (Stanford) - Inflation

Shirley Ho (CMU& Berkeley) - What can we learn from Large Scale Structure of the Universe?

Stefano Profumo (UC Santa Cruz) - DM constraints from astrophysical data

Public Lectures

Robert Caldwell - TBA

Michael Peskin - TBA


Program Co-directors

Martin Schmaltz(BU)

Elena Pierpaoli (USC)


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 2012. 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.