TALENT 2018: Fundamental Symmetries and Neutrinos


The Institute for Nuclear Theory (INT) will host a three-week  course July 9-27, 2018. The course is part of the TALENT initiative ("Training in Advanced Low-Energy Nuclear Theory") to develop a comprehensive program for training in low-energy nuclear theory (http://www.nucleartalent.org).

This course will introduce students to the exciting physics of fundamental symmetry tests and neutrino studies in nuclear physics, including implications for both the Standard Model and possible physics beyond the Standard Model. They primary objectives are:
  • Helping students and early post-docs become aware of the open challenges in fundamental symmetries and neutrinos and the broader context in which they reside.
  • Provide an introduction to some of the relevant theoretical methods for students whose interest may be piqued by the relevant open problems.
  • Enable students to develop appreciation for the questions this subfield seeks to address, the motivation for the significant experimental efforts underway, and the cross-disciplinary nature of this research.
Application Process:

  • The course is intended for students who have already completed graduate level courses in quantum mechanics. We plan to admit approximately 25 students. 
  • Only online applications will be considered. To apply go to: "TALENT 2018 Application"
  • The application deadline is  March 15, 2018.  


Institute for Nuclear Theory, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Financial Support:  

We will provide room and board for all accepted students. Students will be housed in double occupancy rooms in the University dormitory and will receive meal cards to cover 2 meals a day on campus.

Course Outline:  
Primary lecturers:
  • Vincenzo Cirigliano
  • Michael Ramsey-Musolf
Guest Seminar Speakers:
  1. Overview, review of the Standard Model, open problems with the Standard Model and introduction to effective operators
  2. Neutrino phenomenology
  3. Lepton number violation & neutrinoless double beta decay; introduction to out of equilibrium field theory
  4. Cosmological & astro-particle connections: leptogenesis, neutrinos and the CMB; quantum Boltzmann equations for leptogenesis
  5. Neutrino model building & experimental horizons
  6. CPV within and beyond the Standard Model; introduction to EDMs, CPV in kaon and B-meson physics; effective operators and their renormalization group evolution
  7. The short distance physics of EDMs & matching onto effective operators; Peccei-Quinn symmetry & axions
  8. CPV at the hadronic scale; nucleon EDMs in chiral perturbation theory and lattice QCD
  9. The many-body physics of EDMs; atomic EDMs & the Schiff moment
  10. Inter-frontier connections: electroweak baryogenesis; high-energy probes; finite-T & non-equilibrium field theory continued
  11. Precision tests phenomenology (low- and high-energy); introduction to electroweak radiative corrections
  12. Neutral current tests: Z-pole studies, parity-violating electron scattering; hadronic & nuclear form factors; electroweak radiative corrections & the running weak mixing angle; oblique parameters
  13. Charged current tests: muon-decay, pion-decay, & beta-decay; CKM unitarity tests;
  14. Muon g-2 & charged lepton flavor violation; dispersion relations & hadronic vacuum polarization
  15. Hadronic parity-violation; dark photons; equivalence principle tests


Financial support for this TALENT course is provided by the Institute for Nuclear Theory (INT), US Department of Energy (DOE), Amherst Center for Fundamental Interactions, Los Alamos National Laboratory, FRIB-TA and Jefferson Lab.