Physics 711 and 712
Fall 2009 and Spring 2010
Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics
This course is aimed at graduate students in physics and astronomy, not restricted to particle physics. Auditing is permitted, and faculty persons are welcome. There will be no ordinary homework, but students will be expected to give one lecture per semester (towards the latter part), on one of the topics, as they choose.
Professors John Learned and Sandip Pakvasa
Meetings: once per week, in the Physics Library, 417a Watanabe Hall.
0. Introduction and overview 711-1.ppt (8/28 and 9/2)
1. Summary of Standard Model 711-SM1.pdf (9/2 and 9/9)
Neutrino Interactions in the Standard Model
2. Neutrino Mass 711-SM1.pdf (9/9)
General Theory ( Dirac vs Majorana etc); Nu Mass in SM; GUTS, SU(5), SO(10) etc; See-Saw etc
3. Neutrino Mass Experiments
Beta decay end point; e-capture; pi, K decays; tau decays; Double Beta Decay
4. Neutrino Mixing and Oscillations
Flavor Mixing; Sterile Mixing; CP Violation; Non-orthogonality of massless nus; Kinematics, coherence etc; Matter Effects; Neutrino Decays.
5. Atmospheric Neutrinos
Introduction to Cosmic Rays; Expectations for neutrino fluxes; Comparison to data and implications; Future experiments and expectations.
6. Solar Neutrinos
Modeling and fluxes; Summary of experiments and results; Future expectations.
7. Reactor Neutrinos
KamLand experiment and results; Future Experiments; Geo-Neutrinos and Future experiments.
8. Accelerator Neutrinos
K2K results; MINOS results; Future long baseline experiments.
9. Summary of the current status of 3 flavor mixing from global analysis of all data.
10. Summary of results of LSND, MiniBoone and relevant phenomenology of sterile neutrinos
11. Neutrinos and Supernovae
Supernova modeling neutrino expectations; Nus from SN1987A; Future Supernovae detection and prognosis.
12. Very High Energy Neutrino Astronomy
Very High Energy Gamma Ray Astrophysics; High Energy Neutrinos from AGN, GRB etc (incl GZK neutrinos); Neutrino Telescopes and Signals(KM3 etc).
13. Cosmology and Neutrinos
Expected properties of CMB nus; Proposals for Detection of CMB nus; BBN Nucleosynthesis and Nus; Leptogenysis.
14. WIMP Searches with Neutrinos
Student learning outcomes: We would like the students to acquire a first level working knowledge of the theory and experiment in elementary particle physics and astrophysics, relative to neutrinos. The course is designed to bring graduate students and others to the level of professional understanding of forefront neutrino work.
We will use the following two texts, more or less:
Other useful general references are:
jgl and sp,