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).