Students enrolled in this program must complete either 33 semester hours of approved
graduate course work or 30 semester hours of courses and a research thesis. Every
student's degree plan must contain at least 18 semester hours of graduate-level work in
physics, including a prescribed sequence of three courses. Students also must pass an oral
examination on the course work and, if applicable, defend their theses.

**Theoretical Particle Physics **includes theoretical and phenomenological
components in strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions, with topics such as the
Standard Model and its extensions, supersymmetry, quantum chromodynamics (QCD), and the
Parton Model.

**Field Theory **includes studies of nonperturbative aspects such as bound
systems and confinement in quantum chromodynamics, with focus on light-cone quantization
and lattice gauge theory.

All entering graduate students must confer with the graduate advisor.

Standard introductory courses and electives, including:

- Mechanics
- Electromagnetism
- Quantum Mechanics
- Statistical Mechanics
- Mathematical Physics
- Field Theory
- Elementary Particles

Qualifying examinations to take place by the beginning of the third year.

Thesis research

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must complete satisfactorily 8 specified courses, 4
elective graduate courses in physics, 12 credit hours of research, and a dissertation
(with a minimum of 12 credit hours). Students also must pass the qualifying examinations, a
set of written examinations on both classical and modern physics. Upon passing these
examinations, the student is formally classified as a Ph.D. candidate.

All admission requires GRE scores for the general test and physics test, as well as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores, where applicable. Graduate teaching and research assistantships are available, including 12-month appointments. Information and application material are available from:

Research & Graduate Studies

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX 75275 (USA)

SMU Office of Research and Graduate
Studies

Research and Graduate Studies
Application for Admission

The research in High Energy particle Physics (HEP) addresses questions
regarding the properties of the most fundamental constituents of matter and
the laws governing their behavior. The symmetry breaking between matter and
anti-matter (i.e., CP violation) and the origin of mass (search for Higgs
particle) are among the most important questions today. The SMU experimental HEP group is deeply involved in the exploration of these questions through research work in the
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experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at
__ CERN__ in Geneva, Switzerland,
and the D0 and NOvA experiments at __ Fermi National Accelerator
Laboratory __ in Batavia, IL.

For more detailed information about Experimental/Phenomenological
High-energy Physics research at SMU, please look at the
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Research Page __