5A1387 Theoretical Particle Physics

5A1387 Theoretical Particle Physics

"Theoretical Particle Physics" will give the students fundamental knowledge about the systematics and reactions of particles within the framework of the so-called Standard Model.

Credits: 5     ECTS Credits: 7.5     Level: D     Grading: U, 3, 4, 5

Time: Period 3, 4 (Lectures 36h, which will be given in English.)

Lecturer and examiner: Dr. Tommy Ohlsson, Associate Professor
Telephone: 08-55378161     E-mail: see bottom of page


After completion of the course you should be able to:


Introductory survey. Conservation laws. Basic reaction theory. Feynman diagrams. Lorentz invariance. One particle states. Binary reactions. Determination of mass. Scattering theory (the S-matrix, decay rate, scattering cross-section). Symmetries. Time-reversal. Space-reflection. Charge conjugation. The tensor method for determination of spin and parity of particles. Isospin. Strangeness. The quark model. Color. Hadron spectroscopy. Quarkonium. Electroweak interaction of quarks. The Higgs mechanism. Deep inelastic scattering. Neutrino physics. Neutrino oscillations.


The following courses are mandatory: The following course is recommended:

Program and schedule


Hand in assignments (INL1; 3 p) and an oral exam (TEN1; 2 p).


The examination of the course will be a combination of homework problems and an oral examination. There will be three sets of homework problems during the course. These will be distributed and should be handed in according to the following scheme:
Homework problemsOutIn
Set #1Lecture 6 (February 9, 2007)February 23, 2007
Set #2Lecture 12 (March 15, 2007 - one week earlier)April 10, 2007 (extended until April 12, 2007 @ 12:00)
Set #3Lecture 17 (April 25, 2007 - one week earlier)May 16, 2007
The oral examinations will take place after the last lecture of the course. Each examination will take approximately one hour. The time for the examination will be agreed upon between the student and the examiner, but the student is obliged to take contact with the examiner.


The different grades are: U, 3, 4, and 5. The grades will be awarded according to the following scheme:
GradeHomework problemsOral examination
U< 40% of all problems correctFailed
< 40% of all problems correctPassed
≥ 40% of all problems correctFailed
3≥ 40% of all problems correctPassed
4≥ 60% of all problems correctPassed
5≥ 80% of all problems correctPassed
For PhD students (course code F5A5316), the different grades are: U (fail) and G (pass). Here the grade G corresponds to the grade 5 for the undergraduate students, whereas the grade U corresponds to the grades U, 3, and 4 for the undergraduate students.

Required reading

The course literature consists of one book (mainly):

Additional reading

Further recommended reading:
Senast uppdaterad: 2007-05-08