Quantum Chromodynamics and Effective Field Theory, 10 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • Autumn 2022, 67%, Campus

    Start date: 31 October 2022

    End date: 15 January 2023

    Application deadline: 19 April 2022

    Application code: UU-13093 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits in science and engineering (maximum 240 credits)

    Registration: 17 October 2022 – 30 October 2022

Entry requirements: 120 credits in science/engineering with Quantum Field Theory or Advanced Particle Physics. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.


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Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 24,167

Tuition fee, total: SEK 24,167

About the course

The course focuses on the strong interaction and on its theoretical description based on quantum chromodynamics (QCD). The deep connection between interactions and symmetries is pointed out. General features and shortcomings of the standard model of particle physics are reviewed. QCD is described as a working theory for the strong interaction and at the same time as a prototype for a perfect quantum field theory in the sense that it is well-defined by perturbation theory at high energies and by lattice-QCD at low energies.

Properties of quarks, gluons and their composite objects, the hadrons are reviewed. Features of the strong interaction are discussed, most notably asymptotic freedom, confinement and chiral symmetry breaking. Conceptual and technical aspects of perturbative and effective field theories are studied and a brief introduction to quantum field theory on a lattice is provided. Spontaneous symmetry breaking is discussed including the Higgs mechanism.

More information


Department of Physics and Astronomy

Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1

Box 516, 751 20 UPPSALA

Study counsellor

Email: studievagledare@physics.uu.se

Telephone: +46 18 471 35 21