FY3403 - Particle Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

The course gives an introduction to central facts and notions of particle physics, symmetries, invariances, and conservation laws. Quantum electrodynamics and weak interactions are treated in detail in addition to electroweak unification. The course gives a rudimentary introduction to the quark model, QCD, neutrino oscillations, and gauge theories as well as the Higgs mechanism. A short introduction to group theory is given with applications to particle physics, in particular the SU(2) groups for spin and isospin.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of this course, the student shall:
- Be able to account for central concepts within particle physics, such as symmetries, invariants, and conservation laws. In addition, the student shall be able to use these concepts in practical calculations.
- Be able to account for the main content of quantum electrodynamics and weak interactions, in particular with regard to scattering processes for particles.
- Master how Feyman-diagrams and rules are employed in practical calculations.
- Be able to account for fundamental group theory, in particular the properties of the SU(2) group.
- Be able to describe the Higgs mechanism and the purpose and characteristic properties of gauge theories.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and mandatory problem sessions. When lectures and lecture material are in English, the exam may be given in English only.
The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory exercises

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

D. Griffiths: Introduction to Elementary Particles, 2nd Ed.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FY8913 7.5 2017-09-01
MNFFY363 7.5


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 C 2017-12-06 09:00 KJL1 , E6
Summer UTS Written examination 100/100 C
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.