Syllabus for Astroparticle Physics


A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA350
  • 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: 2009-03-12
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits and Advanced particle physics and Cosmology
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

The course should prepare the students for research in the field of astroparticle physics, providing the necessary background so they can understand the literature and critically evaluate the significance of forthcoming experimental results and developments in the field.
On completion of the course, the student should:

  • Know which kind of astrophysical environments can give rise to extremely high energetic radiation in the form of protons, gamma rays and neutrinos, and be able to explain the physical processes that produce such high energy radiation.
  • Be able to explain the experimental techniques that are used to detect such radiation, as well as to identify and describe the leading experimental efforts in the field worldwide.
  • Be able to explain how particle physics determines the evolution of the Universe and how the dark matter problem can be related to particle physics
  • Be able to name the most common dark matter candidates
  • Be familiar with the fundamental particles and their interactions in situations of relevance in astrophysics and cosmology (ie, early universe, astrophysical objects), including supersymmetry


Summary of the Standard Model of elementary particle physics, including supersymmetry. Summary of
the Big Bang model. Matter, antimatter and radiation in the universe. The high-energy universe: active galactic
nuclei, gamma-ray bursts, microquasars. Production and propagation of high energy cosmic rays and neutrinos.
Experimetal techniques: detectors of atmospheric cosmic ray showers, gamma-ray telescopes, neutrino telescopes.
The problem of dark matter in the universe and experimental evidence. Candidates of dark matter. Direct and
indirect detection of dark matter.




Home assignments plus a final written report on a topic chosen by the student among a proposed list, or any other relative to the contents of the course, previous agreement with the teacher. The report will be presented also orally.
The report must follow the structure of a scientific monographic paper.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Grupen, Claus. Astroparticle Physics

    Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2005

    The book will be used together with articles and lecture notes.

    Find in the library


  • Gaisser, Thomas K.; Karle, Albrecht Neutrino Astronomy : Current Status, Future Prospects

    Singapore: World Scientific, 2017

    Find in the library