Jean-Marc Gérard
Centre for Cosmology, Particle Physics and Phenomenology - CP3
Université catholique de Louvain
2, Chemin du Cyclotron - Box L7.01.05
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
+32 10 47 2712
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Special Relativity
Introduction to kinematics and dynamics in Minkowski space-time.
PHY1223 (22.5h + 15h; shared with J.Govaerts)
General Relativity
Introduction to Einstein's theory of gravity.
PHY1323 (30h + 15h)
Quantum field theory 1
Introduction to Quantum Electrodynamics.
PHY2120 (22.5h)
Fundamental interactions
Introduction to electroweak, strong and gravitational interactions.
PHY2121 (22.5h)
Strong interactions and symmetries
Introduction to perturbative QCD and to hadron physics.
PHY2223 (30h; shared with F.Maltoni)
Electroweak interactions
Introduction to the Standard Model.
PHY2224 (22.5h; shared with F.Maltoni)
People responsibilities
PhD students
Elvira Cerveró García (FRIA), member since October 2010
Flavour physics in the Standard Model and beyond.

Research statement
My interests cover the phenomenology of the four fundamental interactions.
Strong interactions
The use of an effective theory for Quantum Chromo Dynamics in the large-N limit to cast a new glance on:
-the U(1) problem and the resulting strong CP-violation;
-the non-perturbative effects on Formula: 0 and Formula: 1hadronic decays.
Electroweak interactions
The use of Quantum Flavor Dynamics to get theoretical constraints on:
-the fermion mixings and the resulting weak CP-violation;
-the boson mass spectrum in multi-Higgs doublet models.
Gravitational interactions
The use of equivalence principles to test relativistic theories of gravity:
-around the Sun;
-in the early Universe.
I am involved in the following research directions:

CP and chiral symmetry in K physics.

Study anomalous effect on the Formula: 0 energy distribution and try to extract the Formula: 1 parameter Formula: 2 from experimental data.

On the unification of gauge coupling constants

In the standard model version of the grand unified theory different gauge couplings intend to, but do not, meet at some higher scale. Here we will look for some better ways for the unification of the gauge coupling constants.

Scalar-tensor theories of gravitation

The strong equivalence principle (SEP) does not hold anymore in various extensions of General Relativity. Its violations can be revealed by the non-universality of free-falling for compact objects and we have developed a generic and effective way to test the SEP in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). A violation of the SEP indeed alters the amplitude of the acoustic oscillations in the primeval plasma. Using the WMAP data, we have contrained a possible SEP violation for the baryons.

Our interests are also focused on the scalar-tensor theories of gravitation and their cosmologies. In a more specific way, we are currently studying a model where the scalar sector is conformally invariant. The effective fluid related to the non-minimally coupled scalar field differs from the other cosmological fluids of radiation by its very particular anisotropic pressure and we are studying its impact on the CMB anisotropies by modifying the CAMB code.

Tensions in flavor physics and two Higgs doublet models

Study of the tensions observed between the K and the B meson systems and their implications for scalar-mediated flavor changing currents in the framework of two Higgs doublet models (2HDM).

Show past projects.
Publications in CP3
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Final State Interactions in $K opipi$ Decays: $Delta I=1/2$ Rule vs. $ arepsilon^prime/ arepsilon$
Buras, Andrzej J. and Gerard, Jean-Marc
[Abstract] [PDF]
15th March.


Upper bounds on ε′/ε parameters B$_{6}^{(1/2)}$ and B$_{8}^{(3/2)}$ from large N QCD and other news
Buras, Andrzej J. and Gérard, Jean-Marc
[Abstract] [PDF] [Journal]
Refereed paper. 30th June.


Large N Approach to Kaon Decays and Mixing 28 Years Later: $\Delta=1/2$ Rule, $\hat{B}_{K}$ and $\Delta M_{K}$
A. J. Buras, J. M. Gérard and W. A. Bardeen
[Abstract] [PDF] [Journal] Published in Eur.Phys.J. C74 (2014) 5, 2871
Refereed paper. 2nd January.


Ultimate survival in anomalous $psi(2S)$ decays
Gerard, Jean-Marc and Martini, Antony
[Abstract] [PDF] [Journal] Phys.Lett. B730 (2014) 264-266
Refereed paper. 11th December.


Three-generation baryon and lepton number violation at the LHC
Gauthier Durieux, Jean-Marc Gérard, Fabio Maltoni and Christopher Smith
[Abstract] [PDF] [Journal] Published in Phys.Lett.B 721 (2013) 82
Refereed paper. 24th October.

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