Advanced Particle Physics

10 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1FA355

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
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)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

120 credits with Particle Physics and Quantum Field Theory.

Learning outcomes

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

  • account for the Standard Model of particle physics and its experimental verification
  • account for the limitations of the Standard Model and need for going beyond it with major ideas on new physics and how one may search for it experimentally
  • analyse particle physics processes based on the Standard Model and Feynman diagrams
  • account for the major types of particle physics experiments and their main detectors
  • account for connections to astrophysics and cosmology


- Experimental and theoretical aspects of modern particle physics in terms of fundamental matter particles (quarks and leptons) and force quanta (photon, W±, Z0, gluons).

- The gauge theory of electroweak and strong interactions, i.e. the Standard Model.

- Use of Feynman diagrams to understand basic processes and calculate cross-sections (by hand or using computer methods).

- Experimental state-of-the-art techniques used in today's experiments.

- Experimental verification of the Standard Model and its particle content.

- Discoveries of new phenomena (e.g. CP violation and neutrino oscillations) and searches for new physics related to unsolved problems and limitations of the Standard Model.

- Introduction to Supersymmetry and other theories beyond the Standard Model.

- Prospects for discoveries of new phenomena, e.g. in LHC-experiments at CERN.

- Introduction to particle astrophysics with connections to cosmology.


Lectures, exercises for problem solving, seminars.


Seminars (3 c), hand-in exercises (2 c) and final examination (5 c).

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.