The eight QCD lectures are on Monday and Wednesday morning in Utrecht:

Monday

09:30-13:00

BBL 161

Wednesday

09:30-13:00

MIN 202

The first lecture is on Wednesday November 13 and
the last lecture on Monday December 9.

The written exam
(Higgs+QCD) is on Wednesday December 18, 9:30-12:30, both in Utrecht
(MIN 202) and at Nikhef (two rooms, N328 and H320).

Abstract

After a short introduction, we will start this lecture series with a brief
review of symmetry
in particle physics, in particular SU(2) and SU(3). In lecture 2
we introduce the Lagrangian formalism, local gauge invariance, and the
QED Lagrangian, with its underlying U(1) gauge symmetry. In lecture 3 the
SU(2) invariant Yang-Mills theory will serve as a prototype of a non-Abelian
gauge theory. Generalisation of Yang-Mills to SU(3) then leads to the
Lagrangian of QCD.
In the fourth lecture we introduce the necessary QCD Feynman rules
to calculate the colour factors of elementary quark-quark and quark-antiquark
interactions. This calculation shows that the colour interaction is attractive
for meson (qqbar) and baryon (qqq) states but tends to be repulsive for other
configurations.
In lecture 5 we present the running coupling constant of QCD which is
responsible for the important properties of asymptotic freedom
and confinement. Here we will also introduce cut-off regularisation
to handle the ultraviolet singularities in the theory. Infrared
singularities and infrared-safe observables are presented in lecture 6.
The last two lectures are devoted to the structure of the proton in terms
of parton densities, and the QCD evolution of these parton densities.