FY3403 - Particle Physics
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.
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.
Recommended previous knowledge
FY2045 Quantum Mechanics I or similar (TFY4345 Classical Mechanics is also advantageous to have taken).
D. Griffiths: Introduction to Elementary Particles, 2nd Ed.
Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
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- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.