Syllabus for Advanced Particle Physics

Partikelfysik II

A revised version of the syllabus is available.

Syllabus

  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1FA355
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2010-03-18
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 31, 2010
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits including Particle Physics and Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

After passed course the student should be able to


  • give an account of the important experimental advances made in particle physics since the discovery of the electron around the previous turn of the century up to the discovery of neutrino oscillations during the last years and of the main lines in the hypotheses that are currently being made for different possible future experimental discoveries

  • evaluate the experimental evidence for discoveries of new particles and particle physics phenomena

  • analyse the measurement accuracy of experimental results with regard to statistical and systematical errors

  • give an account of the function of the particle detectors and data analysis methods of modern particle physics

  • criticize and take a stand on published particle physics papers containing accounts of experimental set-ups, measurements, data analysis and comparisons with phenomenological models

  • propose experimental methods and strategies with the aim of making discoveries and measurements of different currently predicted phenomena in elementary particle physics

Content

The experimental discoveries of the electron, the muon and the pion, strangeness, antibaryons, resonances, weak interaction, the neutral kaon system, the structure of the nucleon, charmonium, tau and charm, quarks, gluons and jets, the b and t quarks, the vector bosons, the Standard Model, heavy quark mixing and CP violation and neutrino oscillations. Experimental strategies for future discoveries of Higgs bosons, of supersymmetric particles and of other predicted particles.

Instruction

The teaching will be carried out in seminar form with student presentations and discussions.

Assessment

To pass the course the student is required to make a presentation of a section of the course literature at least once and study and answer questions at least once and to participate actively in at least 80% of the seminars. Participation in the seminars at a distance via computer links will be made possible.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 31, 2010

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Cahn, Robert N.; Goldhaber, Gerson. The experimental foundations of particle physics

    2nd ed.: Cambridge ;a New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009

    Find in the library