SERC Preparatory School in THEP

The High Energy Physics community in India has been organising SERC Schools in Theoretical High Energy Physics (THEP) since 1985. The objective of these schools is to train Ph.D. students in subjects one needs to learn to do research in THEP and, at the same time, to expose them to recent developments in the field. The Preparatory Schools started later (1996) to offer basic courses to those students who do not get enough exposure on these subjects at their home institutes and to prepare them for the Main School.
More about the SERC school can be found here.

This year the preparatory school is going to be held at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal from June 29, 2015 to July 25, 2015 .


Quantum field theory

Objective : To provide adequate background to the Standard Model and prepare for the more advanced courses of the Main School.

Broad outline : Canonical quantisation of free fields: scalars, fermions, gauge fields. Propagators. Interactions: phi^4, Yukawa. Wick’s theorem. Feynman rules. Tree-level processes. 2 → 2 scattering in QED, cross section and helicity amplitudes; e.g. Bhabha scattering. Feynman rules of SU(2) gauge theory.

Instructor : Dr. Amitabh Virmani, Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar. (Dr. Virmani's home)

Tutors : Dr. Ambar Jain, IISER Bhopal (Dr. Jain's home) and Dr. Yogesh Srivastava, NISER, Bhubaneswar. (Dr. Srivastava's home)

Group Theory for Particle Physics

Objective : A practical course on group theory as required to follow the course on Standard Model. Abstract and more advanced topics are to be avoided.

Broad outline : Introduction to groups and symmetries. Matrix representation. Lie groups and Lie algebras, examples including SU(2), SU(3), SO(n), SU(n). Lorentz group: spinor & tensor representations, Casimirs.

Instructor : Prof. Anirban Kundu, Calcutta University. (Prof. Kundu's home)

Tutors : Dr. Tirtha Sankar Ray, IIT Kharagpur. (Dr. Ray's home) and Dr. Joydeep Chakrabortty, IIT Kanpur. (Dr. Chakrabortty's home)

  • Prerequisites : Click here to find the prerequisites for this course
  • Lecture notes : Lecture 1
  • Statistical Methods in Physics

    Objective : To understand significance of statistical analysis and error estimation of experimental and theoretical results.

    Broad outline : Motivation and importance of statistical methods. Standard Techniques of parametric statistics and least-square fits, maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods, Confidence intervals & contours.

    Instructor : Dr. Ritesh Singh, IISER Kolkata. (Dr. Singh's home)

    Tutors : Prof. Satyaki Bhattacharya, SINP, Kolkata (Prof. Bhattacharya's home) and Dr. Partha Konar, PRL, Ahmedabad (Dr. Konar's home)

    Course materials for Statistical Methods

    Particle Physics and Standard Model

    Objective : To introduce the Standard Model of Particle Physics and prepare for the more advanced courses of the Main School.

    Broad outline : Basics of weak interaction phenomenology. Non-abelian gauge theories. Spontaneous symmetry breaking, Goldstone theorem, Higgs mechanism. Weinberg-Salam model. GIM mechanism. A brief introduction to QCD. DIS and the parton model.

    Instructor : Dr. Mamta , Khalsa College, Delhi University. (Dr. Mamta's home)

    Tutors : Dr. Sukanta Dutta, Khalsa College, Delhi University. (Dr. Dutta's home) and Prof. Sourov Roy, IACS, Kolkata. (Prof. Roy's home)

    General Theory of Relativity

    Objective : To introduce GTR as a theory of gravitation and to prepare the students for studying cosmology, extra dimensional theory etc.

    Broad outline : Newton’s law in different dimension; dimensional analysis of (G, ћ, c) & (lp, mp, tp). Equivalence principle. Tensors in curved space-time: Metric,Christoffel, Riemann, Ricci and scalar curvatures. Geodesics. Einstein’s equations. Schwarzschild solution. Cosmological principles; FRW metric; Hubble expansion.

    Instructor : Dr. Chethan N. Gowdigere, NISER, Bhubaneswar. (Dr. Gowdigere's home)

    Tutors : Dr. Bobby Ezhuthachan. (Dr. Ezhuthachan's home) and Dr. B. Chandrashekhar (Dr. Chandrashekhar's home)


    Dates Lecture 1 Lecture 2 Tutorial 1Tutorial 2
    9:00 AM to 10:30 AM 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
    29/06 to 04/07 QFT GT QFT/GT QFT/GT
    06/07 to 11/07 QFT SM QFT/SM QFT/SM
    13/07 to 18/07 PPSM GTR PPSM/GTR PPSM/GTR
    20/07 to 25/07 PPSM GTR PPSM/GTR PPSM/GTR

    Codes: QFT: Quantum field theory, GT: Group Theory for Particle Physics, SM : Statistical Methods in Physics, PPSM: Particle physics and standard model, GTR : General theory of relarivity.

    How to reach

    Participants arriving by train are requested to report to IISER Bbopal's transit campus which is located at
    ITI (Gas Rahat) Building,
    Govindpura, Bhopal-462023.
    We will arrange buses to bring you to the main campus.
    Students arriving at Bhopal Railway station : Take the main exit on platform no. 1 side. You will find auto stand outside the station. Ask them to take you to "Gas Rahat (ITI)" building, Govindpura. Approximate auto fare is Rs. 120/-. We shall reimburse your auto fare.
    Students arriving at Habibganj Railway station : Take the main exit on BHEL Side. You will find auto stand outside the station. Ask them to take you to "Gas Rahat (ITI)" building, Govindpura. Approximate auto fare is Rs. 100/-. We shall reimburse your auto fare.
    Those of you who are arriving at the airport, which is only about 10 km away, you may directly come to the main campus by a taxi.

    How to apply

    Application is CLOSED

    Last Date of Application : April 13, 2015

    Note : (a) All the fields are necessary. Incomplete application form will not be considered. Please do not change the format of the form while filling up. (b) Type written forms are preferable. In case, you submit hand written form, please use capital letters to fill up the form. (c) Last date of submission is April 13, 2015. (d) Email the filled up application form to
    Interested students should send (e-mail application only) duly filled in application forms to by April 13, 2015. In addition, two letters of recommendation in the prescribed format should be sent directly by the referees to the above address.

  • Shortlisted Candidates
  • Shortlisting committee : Prof. Debashis Ghoshal (JNU), Dr. Sukanta Panda (IISER Bhopal), Dr. Ambar Jain (IISER Bhopal) and Suvankar Dutta (IISER Bhopal).
    We have received a very large number of applications, almost all of which were of excellent quality, from students who would benefit from participating in such a school.
    Members of the selection committee have scrutinised all the applications and tried their best to make an un-biased selection according to the merit of the applications and keeping other important things in mind (for example scope of the candidates to learn the subjects at their home organisations, field of research and many more).
    Since the number of application was very large, therefore, it is not possible for us to entertain individual queries regarding any application.

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    Suvankar Dutta
    Office No. 204, Academic Block II
    Department of Physics, IISER Bhopal
    Indore By-pass Road, Bhauri
    Bhopal - 462066 (MP), India
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