SI2400 Theoretical Particle Physics

SI2400 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: 7.5     Level: 2     Grading: A, B, C, D, E, Fx, F

Time: Period 4 (Lectures 26h and seminars 14h, which will be given in English.)

Dr. Sofiane Boucenna

Prof. Tommy Ohlsson
Telephone: 08-7908261     E-mail: see bottom of page

Seminar teacher:
Marcus Pernow


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. 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:



Hand in assignments (INL1; 4.5 hp) and a theory exam (TEN1; 3 hp).


The examination of the course will be a combination of homework problems and a theory exam. There will be three mandatory 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 5 (March 28, 2019)April 11, 2019
Set #2Lecture 9 (April 11, 2019)April 29, 2019
Set #3Lecture 13 (May 8, 2019)May 22, 2019
The theory exams (read: oral exams) will take place after or around the last lecture of the course. Each exam will take approximately 20 minutes. The time for the exam will be agreed upon between the student and the lecturer, but the student is obliged to take contact with the lecturer.


The different grades are: A, B, C, D, E, Fx, and F. The grades will be awarded according to the following scheme:

Homework problems (INL1)

GradeHomework problems
F< 40% of all problems correct
E≥ 40% of all problems correct
D≥ 60% of all problems correct
C≥ 70% of all problems correct
B≥ 80% of all problems correct
A≥ 90% of all problems correct
In addition, you need to obtain at least 40 % on each homework problem set in order to obtain a passing grade (E or higher). If you obtain a total result of more than 40 %, but do not fulfill this criterion, you will be given the grade Fx and a chance to make a completing task for the grade E.

Theory exam (TEN1)

The theory exams are graded P (pass) or F (fail).

Final grade

When you have passed both parts of the course (INL1 and TEN1), you will obtain a final grade. The final grade will be the same as your grade on the homework problems (INL1).
For PhD students, the different grades are: P (pass) and F (fail).

Required reading

There is a course book: Other books that can be used:
Senast uppdaterad: 2019-02-19