FY3403 - Particle Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 33/100 ALLE
Written examination 67/100 4 hours FORMELSAML

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 problem sessions. When lectures and lecture material are in English, the exam may be given in English only.

Further on evaluation

The final grade is based on portfolio assessment. The portfolio includes written exam and report. The evaluation of the different parts is given in %-points, while the entire portfolio is given a letter grade. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments in the portfolio must be re-taken. The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

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: Portfolio assessment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 33/100 ALLE
Autumn ORD Written examination 67/100 FORMELSAML 2018-12-18 09:00
  • * 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.