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.