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Jun25-08, 07:00 PM
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TASI 2008 (Theoretical Advanced Studies Institute in Elementary Particle Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder) is almost wrapped up, and they're getting videos of the lectures (and slides) online faster than I expected. You can find them here, and it looks like they'll all be up by the end of this week.

TASI, which typically alternates between strings/branes/whatnot and phenomenology in successive years, is aimed at advanced graduate studies in high energy physics. "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."

2008 is a pheno year, and the theme of TASI 2008 is "The Dawn of the LHC Era". Lecturers and topics are (in alphabetical order by lecturer) are:
  • Howie Baer (FSU) -- Collider Signal II: Missing energy including SUSY, Tp, KKp etc., and dark matter connection
  • Marcela Carena (FNAL) -- Collider Signal III: SM/SUSY Higgs searches at LHC, etc.
  • Luc M. Demortier (Rockefeller) -- Data treatments, signal/backgrounds, statistics
  • Bogdan Dobrescu (FNAL) -- Intro to extra dimensions: ADD, UED, RS, and dual to TC, etc.
  • Scott Dodelson (FNAL) -- WMAP, SDSS, other observations; cosmological parameters
  • Concha Gonzalez-Garcia (SUNY-Stony Brook/ICREA) -- Theory of neutrino masses and oscillations, Majorana mass, phenomenology and LHC
  • Yual Grossman (Cornell) -- SM flavor structure; quark mass, mixing and CPV, connection to LHC
  • Dan Hooper (FNAL) -- Direct and indirect DM searches, and connection to collider physics
  • David E. Kaplan (Johns Hopkins) -- Non-standard: U(1), SUL(2) x SUR(2), SU(5), SO(10), etc.
  • Will Kinney (SUNY-Buffalo) -- Inflation, density perturbation, BBN, baryogenesis/leptogenesis
  • Paul Langacker (IAS) -- Intro to the SM; EW precision physics
  • Lynn Orr (Rochester) -- PDF, jets, QCD processes and QCD radiative corrections
  • Tilman Plehn (Edinburgh) -- Kinematics to dynamics; signals/backgrounds; calculational tools/packages
  • Kate Scholberg (Duke) -- Super K, SNO, Kamland, neutrino-less double beta-decay, etc., etc.
  • Yuri Shirman (UC-Irvine) -- Intro to SUSY; soft breaking parameters; SUSY breaking models and mediations
  • Gary Shiu (Madison) -- Intro to strings; attempts for models; brane world, etc.
  • Tim Tait (Argonne/Northwestern) -- Collider Signal I: Resonances -- Z', W', RS, lepton-quark/R-parity breaking, asymmetries
  • Tom Weiler (Vanderbilt) -- Astro particle physics, AUGER, neutrino-telescopes etc., and new physics search
  • Peter Wittich (Cornell) -- Accelerators/detectors, objects, sample searches and all that theorists should know

In addition, you can find videos from TASI 2007 here. The theme of TASI 2007 was "String Universe". Lecturers and topics (in alphabetical order by lecturer) are:
  • Mina Aganagic (Berkeley) -- Topological Strings and Applications
  • Nima Arkani-Hamed (Harvard) -- Fundamental Physics, Cosmology and the Landscape
  • David Berenstein (UCSB) -- Topics in AdS/CFT
  • Raphael Bousso (Berkeley) -- Cosmology and the Landscape
  • Claudio Campagnari (UCSB) -- LHC Physics: An Experimentalist's Perspective
  • Paolo Creminelli (ICTP) -- Topics in Cosmology
  • Eric D'Hoker (UCLA) -- SUSY Gauge Theories and AdS/CFT
  • Steve Gubser (Princeton) -- AdS/CFT and RHIC Physics
  • Ken Intriligator (UCSD) -- Supersymmetry Breaking
  • Shamit Kachru (Stanford) -- String Compactification
  • David Kutasov (Chicago) -- Branes and Field Theory
  • Hong Liu (MIT) -- Strings, Blackholes and Heavy Ion Collisions
  • Lisa Randall (Harvard) -- Warped Geometry Consequences & Signatures
  • Martin Schmaltz (Boston) -- Beyond the Standard Model Particle Physics
  • Eva Silverstein (Stanford) -- The Many Dimensions of String Duality
  • David Tong (Cambridge) -- Solitons and Low-dimensional Gauge Theories
  • Johannes Walcher (IAS) -- Calabi-Yau Universe
  • Barton Zwiebach (MIT) -- Analytic Solutions in Open String Field Theory


PS. Many of the 2007 lecturers have put their lecture notes on the arXiv, and it can be helpful to print them out and follow along while watching. Some 2008 lecture notes should start appearing later in the summer and fall. Until then, many slides are online with the videos.
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