Cátedra Augusto García González


Introduction to Effective Field theory in Particle Physics
Mini-Course (24-28 June 2024, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Benjamin Grinstein,
University of California, San Diego, USA

This five lesson minicourse introduces the student to the technology of Effective Field Theory (EFT). Going well beyond a presentation of the conceptual basis for EFTs, we describe how computations are performed and in passing review aspects of dimensional regularization and of the renormalization group. Examples are drawn from applications of EFT to SU(5) grand-unification and to the standard model of electroweak interactions and Quantum Chromodynamics. One last lesson will be devoted to Heavy Quark Effective Theory, as a prototype to EFTs that describe restricted kinematic domains.

Mini-Course (22-25 April 2024, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Drs. Abbey Waldron, Linda Cremonesi, Alexander Booth

1) Introduction to machine learning with neural networks and linear regression (Monday 22)
First lecture Video 1
2) Optimisation and non-linear regression with neural networks (Tuesday 23)
Second lecture Video 2
3) Classification and convolutional neural networks for image classification (Wednesday 24)
Third lecture Video 3
4) Robustness and adversarial examples to image classification problems (Thursday 25)
Fourth lecture Video 4


Neutrino physics (an experimentally focused perspective)

Mini-Course (23-30 October 2023, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Steve Dytman
Univ. of Pittsburgh and FNAL, USA

1.neutrino oscillations (Monday, October 23).

First lecture Video 1
The main subject which needs
2.neutrino–nucleus cross sections (Tuesday, October 24)

Second lecture Video 2
which depend on
3.neutrino–nucleus cross section simulation (Thursday, October 26)

Third lecture Video 3
which depends on
4.electron–nucleus cross sections (Friday, October 27)

Fourth lecture Video 4
5.hadron–nucleus cross sections and outlook (Monday, October 30).

Fifth lecture Video 5

Cosmological and astrophysical probes of the fundamental nature of dark matter

Mini-Course (11-14 September 2023, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine
Univ. of New Mexico, USA

Cosmological and Astrophysical probes of the fundamental nature of dark matter.

Day 1:
• Observational evidence for dark matter
• Introduction to cosmological structure formation
• Growth of structure in a Cold dark matter and Warm dark matter universe
• Relation to observational evidence: cosmic microwave background and the large-scale distribution of matter
First lecture Video 1

Day 2:
• The imprints of dark matter physics on small-scales: abundance of structure
• Small-scale structure and the WIMP
• Beyond WIMPs: Dark sector models and light species
• Dark acoustic oscillations: impact on observations
Second lecture Video 2

Day 3:
• The imprints of dark matter physics on small-scales: self-interacting dark matter
• Gravitational systems as thermal systems
• Halo core-formation
• Gravothermal core-collapse.
• Observational signatures
Third lecture Video 3

Day 4:
• The fundamental nature of dark matter from observations: The next decade
• The Rubin Observatory: A flagship dark matter experiment
• Strong Gravitational Lensing
• Milky Way satellites
• Early probes of structure: the first galaxies
• Impact on our knowledge of the particle nature of dark matter
Fourth lecture Video 4

These will be complemented by an exceptional seminar on day 5 (Sept. 15th), whose title and abstract follow

Neutrino interactions in the sky: Emergence of a concordant picture

Neutrinos are the least understood particles in the Standard Model and are thus an important portal for new physics to couple to the visible sector. The presence of yet-unknown interactions among neutrinos could affect their streaming history in the early Universe, leaving important clues on cosmological observables. Interestingly, a scenario in which the onset of neutrino free-streaming in the early Universe is delayed until close to the epoch of matter-radiation equality has been shown to provide a good fit to some cosmic microwave background (CMB) data, while being somewhat disfavored by Planck CMB polarization data. After summarizing the current observational situation, I will present new CMB-independent constraints on this scenario from the Full Shape of the galaxy power spectrum. Although this interacting neutrino scenario predicts significant changes to the linear matter power spectrum, we find that it can provide a good fit to the the galaxy power spectrum data. Crucially, we show that these data also display a modest preference for a delayed onset of neutrino free-streaming over the standard model of cosmology. This independently confirms the signal seen in CMB analyses and motivates the exploration of neutrino interaction models capable of reconciling all CMB, large-scale structure, and laboratory data. We will conclude by discussing important predictions that this scenario makes, including a significant suppression of structure in the Universe on subgalactic scales.


Los cursos programados fueron suspendidos por el Covid-19. Esperamos poder reagendarlos próximamente.

The most interesting tau physics measurements at Belle-II

Mini-Course (25-29 May 2020, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Antonio Pich
IFIC and UV, Valencia, Spain

Heavy quark symmetry in weak decays

Mini-Course (2nd half of June 2020, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Benjamín Grinstein
California University, San Diego, USA

Lepton number violation and neutrinoless double beta decay

Mini-Course (Fall 2020, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Vincenzo Cirigliano
Los Alamos National Lab, USA

SMEFT and its low-energy applications

Mini-Course (Fall 2020, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Martín González Alonso
IFIC, Valencia, Spain


Neutrino physics in direct detection dark matter experiments

Mini-Course (15-18 October 2019, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Diego Aristizábal
Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile

- Fundamental aspects of DM physics (thermal relics... WIMPs)
First lecture
Video 1

- Fundamental aspects of neutrino physics
Second lecture
Video 2

- DM direct detection and neutrino physics
Third lecture
Video 3

- Studying BSM neutrino signals in DM detectors
Fourth lecture
Video 4

The muon g-2: the gate to New Physics

Mini-Course (August 19 - 23 2019, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Pere Masjuan
IFAE-UAB Barcelona, Spain

- Monday 19th, 2.5h: Introduction and motivation: why g-2?
- Historical perspective
- State-of-the-art and motivation
- Introduction to the basic physics of the process
- Overview of the experimental set ups and the physics to understand them

First lecture
Video 1

- Tuesday 20th, 2.5h: The theory of the AMM of the muon, Part I
- The Schwinger term
- Basics of radiative corrections
- QED and WE contributions Second lecture
Video 2

- Wednesday 21th, 2.5h: The theory of the AMM of the muon, Part II
- Hadronic contributions Third lecture
Video 3

- Thursday 22th, 2.5h: AMM of the muon as a gate to New Physics
- Motivation and overview of the main agents Fourth lecture
Video 4

Lectures will combine slides and blackboard. Please bring your note book and your mobile phone.

Advanced methods and techniques in data analysis using parallel (GPU-based) computing

Mini-Course (May 29 - May 31 2019, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Drs. Adriano di Florio and Alexis Pompili
INFN-Sezione di Bari


Wednesday 29th, 2hours: Theory session: Local and Global Statistical significance of a new physics signal with GPUs.

Thursday 30th, 2.5 hours: Hands-on session I : Setting up a data analysis: Proof-Lite and Jupyter.

Friday 31st, 2.5 hours : Hands-on session II : Setting up a data analysis: Jupyter and GooFit.

Precision SM experimental tests

Mini-Course (May 13 - May 17 2019, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Ulla Blumenschein
School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London, UK

- May 13th: The evolution of the Standard-Model

Brief theoretical recap and history of the SM, SM parameters and history of electroweak fits, motivation for precision tests of the SM
First lecture
Video 1

- May 14th: The quest for highest precision

Presentation of two key precision measurements: Weinberg angle and W mass: history, experimental challenges, theoretical limitations, outlook
Second lecture
Video 2

- May 15th: Precision tests of the strong force

Brief recap of pQCD, probing higher-order QCD calculations, interplay of QCD and EW HI corrections measurement of αs
Third lecture
Video 3

-May 16th: Electroweak physics with several bosons

Probing of the electroweak physics via the associated production of several bosons, boson scattering and vector-boson fusion

-> Precision SM tests with top quark physics is also covered.
Fourth lecture
Video 4

- May 17th: Model-independent search for new physics

How we can use SM precision measurements to search for new physics
Fifth lecture
Video 5 (1st part)

Video 5 (2nd part)


Exotic hadrons and experimental techniques for their detection

Mini-Course (November 21-November 23 2018, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Alexis Pompili
INFN-Sezione di Bari

- Introduction to charmonium-like states.
First lecture
Video 1 (part)

Video 1 (part)

- The X(3872) : hadronic molecule or compact tetraquark?
- Searching for the bottomonium partner of the X(3872)
Second lecture
Video 2 (part)

- Three body decays and Dalitz Plot analysis
Third lecture
Video 2 (part)

- Helicity formalism and full amplitude analysis
Fourth lecture
- Pentaquarks

Video 3

Fifth lecture
Sixth lecture

Dark matter phenomenology

Mini-Course (November 5-November 9 2018, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Alejandro Ibarra
TUM, Germany

Day 1: Evidence for dark matter

First lecture
Video 1

Day 2: Dark matter production

Second lecture
Video 2

Day 3: Indirect detection

Third lecture
Video 3

Day 4: Indirect detection (cont.)

Fourth lecture
Video 4

Day 5: Direct detection and collider searches.

Fifth lecture
Video 5

Symmetries and their breaking in the fundamental laws of Physics

Mini-Course (October 8-October 11 2018, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Pepe Bernabéu
IFIC-UV, Valencia, Spain


. Symmetries as Guiding Principle of Particles and Interactions
. Flavour SU(3): Are Quarks real?
. Flavour and Colour of Quarks
. QCD: From Scale Invariance to Dimensional Transmutation
Video 1

. Chiral Gauge ElectroWeak Theory
. Flavour Physics
. Discrete Symmetries: CP, T, CPT
. Gauge Anomalies: Quark-Lepton Symmetry
Video 2

. Beta Decay Puzzles: "Dear Radioactive Ladies and Gentlemen"
. Neutrino Flavours: How many?
. Neutrino Oscillations: Pending Questions
. Neutrino Masses: Dirac-Majorana "confusion"
Video 3

. Standard Model
. Spontaneous Breaking of the Gauge Symmetry
. The Higgs Boson at CERN
. Beyond-Standard-Model Physics
Video 4

All lectures
Video coloquio general

What we know about Neutrinos, how we know it, and what we still have to learn

Mini-Course (September 4-September 7 2018, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Deborah Harris

Lecture 1:

Why Should we Study Neutrinos in the first place?

Neutrino Sources




Particle Accelerators

Neutrino Interactions

For a particle that never interacts, when it does there can be a lot of variety…

First lecture
Video 1

Lecture 2:

Reminder: non-neutrino particle interactions in matter

A Brief Survey of Neutrino Detectors

Cerenkov Detectors



Liquid Argon Time Projection Chambers

Second lecture
Video 2

Lecture 3:

Absolute Neutrino Mass Measurements

How to tell if Neutrinos are their own antiparticles

What the Sun tells us about Neutrinos

Third lecture
Video 3

Lecture 4:

Atmospheric Neutrino Experiments

Reactor Neutrino Experiments

Accelerator-based Neutrino Experiments

Fourth lecture
Video 4

Multivariate analysis and its use in High Energy Physics

Mini-Course (August 29-September 3 2018, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Adrian Bevan
School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Outline of the course

Cut based analyses:
- Figures of merit for optimisation of cut based analyses

Linear Discriminants:
- Fisher's linear discriminant

Cut based analysis and linear discriminants
Video 1

Neural Networks
- Perceptrons
- Activation functions
- Artificial Neural Networks
- Multilayer perceptrons (MLPs)
- Training (a pointer to optimisation issues)
- Examples (e.g. the Aleph Higgs search cut based vs NN sensitivity)

Decision Trees
Video 2

Neural Networks
Hyper parameter optimisation issues
- cost (or loss) functions
- Gradient descent optimisation
- overtraining
- dropout for deep networks
- weight regularisation

Video 3

Deep Networks
- Deep MLP networks
- Convolutional Neural Netwroks
- Adversarial neural Networks
- Autoencoders
- Examples (e.g. image analysis and various other examples from the literature)

Deep learning
Decision Trees
- Boosting
- Bagging
- Random Forests

Support vector machines
Support Vector Machines (it can be dropped, depending on time)
- Hard Margin SVM
- Soft Margin SVM
- Kernel Functions
- Examples
- Checker Board
- H-> tautau Kaggle data
- HH-> bb tautau on ATLAS
- stop searches at CMS

Additional material: Unsupervised learning
Video 4


QCD: A bridge between partons (quarks and gluons) and hadrons

Mini-Course (November 27-December 1 2017, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Adnan Bashir
Institute of Physics and Mathematics and Michoacán University, Mexico

Part 1:

From hadrons to quarks

Mesons and Baryons - A historical preview
Particles and quantum numbers
Symmetries and cross-sections

First lecture
Video 1

The Quark Model – The eightfold way
SU(3) and hadrons, SU(4), SU(5)

Second lecture
Video 2

Chiral symmetry and its breaking
Pions as Goldstone bosons
Linear sigma model, explicit symmetry breaking and non-linear sigma model
More on symmetries

Part 2:

From quarks to QCD
QCD as a gauge theory
Feynman Rules
Higher Orders and Infinities
Regularization, renormalization schemes
One Loop Renormalization, Anomalous Dimensions
Running Coupling, the beta function and asymptotic freedom

Third lecture
Video 3

Part 3:

From QCD back to hadrons
Form factors, deep inelastic scattering, structure functions, Bjorken scaling, Callan-Gross relation, parton model, Feynman’s partons versus Gell-Mann’s quarks, parton distribution functions, generalized parton distribution functions and the modern picture of proton’s internal structure.

Fourth lecture
Video 4

Fifth lecture
Video 5

Higgs Physics: from Colliders to Cosmology
Mini-Course (September 18 to 22, 2017, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Professor: Dr. José Miguel No
King's College, London, UK


Lecture 1 :Electroweak Symmetry Breaking (EWSB) at T =0
* The Higgs Mechanism
* Symmetry Breaking in QFT: The Effective Potential
* Radiative symmetry breaking: Coleman-Weinberg

Video 1

Lecture 2: Gauge dependence of the Effective Potential (T=0) and Nielsen identitites. Electroweak Symmetry Breaking at Finite T * The effective potential at finite temperature: standard computation
* The high temperature expansion
* EWSB in the early Universe: The Electroweak Phase Transition

Lecture 3: Dynamics of the Electroweak Phase Transition
* First Order vs Second Order Phase Transition
* Bubble Nucleation and Expansion
* Strength of the Electroweak Phase Transition

Lecture 4 : Applications: Baryogenesis

Lecture 5: Applications: Gravitational Waves

What can we learn on Elementary Particle Physics from Cosmology?
Mini-Course (June 12 to 16, 2017, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Professor: Dr. Genaro Miele
INFN/Napoli Univ.

Summary: The early universe represents a unique arena where to test indirectly possible extensions of the Electroweak Standard Model up to energy regions not even reachable in the far future at the accelerators. This is due to the relevance of the elementary particle physics in shaping the present universe once a Hot Big Bang Model is assumed. In this series of lectures the main pillars of the modern cosmology will be reviewed paying particular attention to those phenomena like baryogenesis, primordial nucleosynthesis and relic abundances (Dark Matter and Cosmological Neutrino Background) where particle physics essentially rules the game. The comparison of the theoretical predictions with the astrophysical observations allows to scrutinise the viability of possible models.

Course Notes
Video 1 First lecture
Video 2 Second lecture
Video 3 Third lecture
Video 4 Fourth lecture (given by Marco Chianese)
Complementary seminar (given by Marco Chianese)
Video 5 (Marco Chianese)

Theory and phenomenology of massive neutrinos
Mini-Course (January 30 to February 3, 2017, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Professor: Dr. Carlo Giunti
INFN/Torino Univ.

Summary: The general theory of neutrino masses and mixing is introduced. The theory of neutrino oscillations in vacuum and in matter is reviewed, with discussion of the most important general phenomenological aspects.


- Dirac Neutrino Masses
Higgs Mechanism in the Standard Model
Three-Generation Neutrino Masses and Mixing

- Majorana Neutrino Masses
Two-Component Theory of a Massless Neutrino
Majorana Mass
Mixing of Three Majorana Neutrinos

- Dirac-Majorana Mass
One Generation
See-Saw Mechanism
Three-Generation Mixing

First two lectures

Video 1

Video 2

- Neutrino Oscillations in Vacuum
General Theory
Two-Neutrino Mixing and Oscillations

- Neutrino Oscillations in Matter
Effective Potentials in Matter
MSW Effect (Resonant Transitions in Matter)
Phenomenology of Solar Neutrinos

Third and half of fourth lecture

Video 3
- Quantum Mechanics of Neutrino Oscillations
Wave-Packet Theory of Neutrino Oscillations
Common Question: Do Charged Leptons Oscillate?

Video 4

- Phenomenology
Evidences of Neutrino Oscillations
Phenomenology of Three-Neutrino Mixing
Absolute Scale of Neutrino Masses
Light Sterile Neutrinos

Half of fourth lecture and fifth lecture

Video 5


Searching for WIMP dark matter with astroparticles
Mini-Course (August 16-19 2016, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Professor: Dr. Roberto Lineros
IFIC, Valencia, Spain
0) Seminar Dark Matter effects on oscillations of high energy neutrinos
I) Dark Matter: history, evidences, and candidates First lecture Video 1
II) Production of WIMP Dark Matter in the Early Universe Second lecture Video 2
III) Searches in colliders and in underground laboratories Third lecture Video 3
IV) Searches using astroparticles Fourth lecture Video 4

Rare B decays: Theory and applications
Mini-Course (August 1-5 2016, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Professor: Dr. Javier Virto
University of Bern, Switzerland
Program of the course
Video 1
Video 2
Video 3
Video 4
Video 5 Global fits Global fits

Experimental searches for dark matter
Mini-Course (June 17-19 2016, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Professor: Dr. Juan Estrada
Fermilab, USA
Clase 1 Video 1
Clase 2 Video 2
Clase 3 Video 3


Neutrinos in Cosmology
Mini-Course (June 8-12 2015, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Professor: Dr. Sergio Pastor
IFIC (CSIC and Univ. Valencia) Spain
Clase 1 Video 1
Clase 2 Video 2
Clase 3 Video 3
Clase 4 Video 4


Modern cosmology
S. Dodelson (Ed. Academic Press, 2003)
ISBN: 9780122191411

Neutrino cosmology
J. Lesgourgues, G. Mangano, G. Miele and S. Pastor (Ed. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013)
ISBN: 9781107013957
Libro en CUP

Specialized reviews:
Neutrinos in Cosmology
A.D. Dolgov
Physics Reports 370 (2002) 333-535 [hep-ph/0202122]

Massive neutrinos in Cosmology
J. Lesgourgues and S. Pastor
Physics Reports 429 (2006) 307-379 [astro-ph/0603494]

Computer tools in particle physics
Mini-Course (June 22-26 2015, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Professor: Dr. Avelino Vicente
IFPA Group and Univ. Liege, Belgium
Lecture 1a Lecture 1b Notes 1 Source codes 1 Math macro 1 Video 1
Lecture 2 Notes 2 Video 2
Lecture 3 Notes 3 MadAnalysis instructions Video 3
Lecture 4 Notes 4 Source code 4 Math macro 4 Video 4
Final notes

Mini-Course (August 17-21 2015, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Professor: Dr. Daniel de Florian
Univ. Buenos Aires, Argentina
During these lectures a number of basic and more advances subjects in perturbative QCD will be addressed. Among others, that includes:
-Fundamentals of QCD: gauge Invariance, SU(3) and Feynman Rules. Asymptotic freedom and confinement. Hadrons.
-QCD at work in e+e- collisions,:jets infrared divergencies and cancellation of singularities.
-Deep Inelastic Scattering, factorization and parton distributions. Evolution equations.
-Precision physics at the LHC. Production of gauge bosons and Higgs at colliders. Radiative corrections in perturbative QCD: NLO and NNLO calculations.
-All order resummation and Parton showers. Summary of available tools for collider physics.
- QCD and Collider Physics, R.K.Ellis, W.J.Stirling and B.R.Webber, Cambridge University Press Sons (1999)
- The theory of quark and gluon Interactions, F.J. Yndur?in, Springer-Verlag (1999)
- Collider Physics, V. Barger and R. Phillips, Addison-Wesley (1996)
- Quantum Chromodynamics: High Energy Experiments and Theory, G. Dissertori, I. Knowles and M. Schmelling, International Series of Monograph on Physics (2009)
First lecture (slides) First Video
Second lecture (slides) Second Video

Third lecture (slides)


CP violation
Mini-Course (June 2-10 2014, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Professor: Dr. Gustavo Branco
CFTP and IST Lisboa, Portugal
Slides presentation

Neutrino Physics
Mini-Course (October 13-16 2014, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Professor: Dr. Andre de Gouvea
NorthWestern University, USA
Slides presentation

CP violation in the neutral Kaon system:
Mini-Course (November 24-28 2014, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Professor: Dr. Carlos García Canal
Universidad de La Plata, Argentina
Clase 1
Clase 2

Standard Model and beyond:
Mini-Course (December 1-5 2014, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Professor: Dr. José W. F. Valle
IFIC, CSIC Valencia, Spain

Bibliografía fundamental: Neutrinos in High Energy and Astroparticle Physics
Libro en John Wiley and Sons Libro Crítica en Cern Courier Crítica

Clase 1 Video 1
Clase 2 Video 2

Clase 3 Video 3

Clase 4 Video 4


Higgs Bosons in the SM and beyond: Implications for Particle Physics and Cosmology
Mini-Course (August 8-16 2013, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Professor: Dr. Joan Solà
High Energy Physics Group, Dept. E.C.M.
Univ. de Barcelona, Spain
Program of the course

Effective theories for particle and astroparticle physics
Mini-Course (September 16-20 2013, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Jose Wudka
Department of Physics and Astronomy, UC Riverside, USA
Program of the course
Slides presentation

Phenomenology of neutrino oscillations
Mini-Course (October 21-25 2013, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dra. Maria Amparo Tortolà
Instituto de Física Corpuscular, Universidad de Valencia, Spain
Program of the course
Slides presentation (21-Oct-2013)
Slides presentation (22-Oct-2013)
Slides presentation (23-Oct-2013)
Slides presentation (24-Oct-2013)

Flavor Physics
Mini-Course (November 4-8 2013, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Brendan Casey
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, USA
Program of the course
Slides presentation (4-Nov-2013)
Slides presentation (5-Nov-2013)
Slides presentation (6-Nov-2013)
Slides presentation (7-Nov-2013)


Neutrino Physics
Mini-Course (October 24-November 2 2012, CINVESTAV, Mexico)
Dr. Paul Langacker
Princeton Institute of Advanced Study and Princeton University, USA

Department of Physics CINVESTAV-IPN Av. IPN 2508 Colonia San Pedro Zacatenco Mexico City 07360