Master’s studies

Syllabus for Advanced Particle Physics

Partikelfysik II


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1FA355
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2010-03-18
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2016-05-03
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 50, 2015
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with Particle Physics and Quantum Field Theory.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

After passed course the student should be able to

  • account for the Standard Model of particle physics and its experimental verification
  • account for the limitations of the Standard Model and need for going beyond it with major ideas on new physics and how one may search for it experimentally
  • analyse particle physics processes based on the Standard Model and Feynman diagrams
  • account for the major types of particle physics experiments and their main detectors
  • account for connections to astrophysics and cosmology


- Experimental and theoretical aspects of modern particle physics in terms of fundamental matter particles (quarks and leptons) and force quanta (photon, W±, Z0, gluons).
- The gauge theory of electroweak and strong interactions, i.e. the Standard Model.
- Use of Feynman diagrams to understand basic processes and calculate cross-sections (by hand or using computer methods).
- Experimental state-of-the-art techniques used in today’s experiments.
- Experimental verification of the Standard Model and its particle content.
- Discoveries of new phenomena (e.g. CP violation and neutrino oscillations) and searches for new physics related to unsolved problems and limitations of the Standard Model.
- Introduction to Supersymmetry and other theories beyond the Standard Model.
- Prospects for discoveries of new phenomena, e.g. in LHC-experiments at CERN.
- Introduction to particle astrophysics with connections to cosmology.


Lectures, exercises for problem solving, seminars.


Seminars (3 c), hand-in exercises (2 c) and final examination (5 c).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 50, 2015

  • Tully, Christopher G. Elementary particle physics in a nutshell

    Princeton: Princeton University Press, c2011

    Find in the library