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: D     Grading: A, B, C, D, E, Fx, F

Time: Period 3, 4 (Lectures 12h and seminars 24h, which will be given in English.)

Lecturer and examiner:
Prof. Tommy Ohlsson
Telephone: 08-55378161     E-mail: see bottom of page

Seminar teachers:
Jonas de Woul     Telephone: 08-55378174
Henrik Melbéus     Telephone: 08-55378176
Sofia Sivertsson     Telephone: 08-55378176


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; 4.5 hp) and an oral exam (TEN1; 3 hp).


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 2 (February 7, 2008)February 21, 2008
Set #2Lecture 4 (March 4, 2008)April 17, 2008
Set #3Lecture 6 (April 29, 2008)May 14, 2008
The oral examinations will be based on students' performance and presentations during the seminars, which means that attendance (at least 75 %) is therefore mandatory.


The different grades are: A, B, C, D, E, Fx, and F. The grades will be awarded according to the following scheme:
GradeHomework problemsOral examination
F< 40% of all problems correctFailed
Fx< 40% of all problems correctPassed
Fx≥ 40% of all problems correctFailed
E≥ 40% of all problems correctPassed
D≥ 60% of all problems correctPassed
C≥ 70% of all problems correctPassed
B≥ 80% of all problems correctPassed
A≥ 90% of all problems correctPassed
For PhD students, the different grades are: U (fail) and G (pass).

Evaluation of the course

Required reading

The course literature consists of one book (mainly):

Additional reading

Further recommended reading:
Senast uppdaterad: 2008-01-25