Lecture 1: Basics of Hadron Collider Physics
Intro to colliders
Parton distribution function
Discovery of the Higgs boson
I will introduce the basic concepts of hadron collider physics in the first part of the lecture and discuss a few advanced topics in the second part of the lecture. The goal is to let the audience get familiar with the key concepts/methodology of hadron collider physics, such as the parton distribution function and kinematical considerations. With these basic concepts, we can build a picture of the relevant processes at hadron colliders and have a deep appreciation of the endeavor of the discovery of the Higgs boson, and get prepared for quantitative assessment of physics potentials at hadron colliders. In the second half of the lecture, we will continue the discussion to precision physics, as well as some rudimentary understanding of statistics. If time permits, the basics of currently very active research topic of long-lived particles at colliders and satellite experiments will be introduced. Finally, I will sketch a longer-term picture of future collider program and physics.