

See the description of my research to gain a better idea of the kind of research I do. Click here for a List of Past Students and Example Projects done under my supervision To inquire about possible projects, please write me a mail to arrange a meeting: peter.skands at Monash.edu 
Most projects I offer are in the field of particlephysics phenomenology, straddling the intersection between theoretical highenergy physics, experimental particle physics, and computer physics. I specialise in numerical modelling of highenergy particle collisions, such as those occurring at the Large Hadron Collider, with a focus on processes governed by the strong interaction (quantum chromodynamics, quarks and gluons, QCD strings and jets, and the formation and decay of hadrons in highenergy processes). The research contributes to the worldleading PYTHIA Monte Carlo Event Generator, with Monash spearheading developments of sophisticated models for QCD bremsstrahlung resummations ("antenna showers") and exploring new ideas in string hadronisation. 
Books and Study Resources 
The following is a nonexhaustive collection of various course books and/or selfstudy material, that I recommend for students (and researchers) on topics ranging from basic particle physics and quantum field theory to the more specialized/advanced topics of QCD, Monte Carlo event generators, and highenergy phenomenology relevant to the Large Hadron Collider. There are also links to resources on probability and statistics and some computer codes and tutorials. You do not need all of these. When there are several options, look at reviews (such as this one), or get copies from your library, to see which ones might suit you best. Also consider your aims: are you looking to just gain a better conceptual understanding, or do you need detailed technical calculations? The most introductory material is at the top of the page. Scroll down for more advanced / specialized / technical topics. 
General Particle Physics (3rd year and higher)

General Quantum Field Theory (4th year and higher)
I don't recommend Bjorken and Drell (dated by now and replaced by books like Peskin and Schroeder). Likewise the book by Mandl and Shaw. The books by Weinberg are more formal, and could appeal to students with more mathematical tastes and/or researchers who want to get really deep in QFT after getting introduced to it by one of the other works. 
General QCD

Monte Carlo Techniques and Event Generators

Probability and Statistics (related to MC and event analysis)

Computer Codes, C++, TutorialsLooking For: a good teachyourself tutorial on basic C++. Please write a mail to me if you can recommend one.
