Syllabus for Hadron and Quark Physics

Hadron- och kvarkfysik


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1FA358
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2011-03-10
  • 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 Quantum Mechanics - Advanced Course, Nuclear physics. Elementary particle physics.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the properties of quarks, gluons and their composite objects, the hadrons
  • summarise the main aspects, assumptions and predictions of the theory of the strong interaction, in particular asymptotic freedom, confinement and chiral symmetry breaking
  • analyse the symmetries of a system and appreciate their importance in the understanding of particle physics
  • calculate reaction and decay rates starting from a Lagrangian


Lagrangians and symmetries, Noether currents, discrete symmetries; basics of quantum electrodynamics and weak theory, gauge symmetries; scattering theory, Feynman rules; concepts of perturbative and effective field theories; quantum chromodynamics, quarks and unitary groups, colour and gauge invariance, flavour symmetry, chiral symmetry, hadron classifications; spontaneous symmetry breaking, Goldstone bosons; anomalies; chiral perturbation theory.


Lectures and classes.


Hand-in problems during the course. 
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

Lecture notes handed out at the beginning of the course.