FYS4560 – Elementary particle physics
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The standard model for electroweak and strong interactions. Feynman rules. Quantitative comparing of theory and experiments for scattering and disintegration processes. Neutrino physics. CKM mass mixing matrix. Higgs mechanism, supersymmetry and unified theories. Experiments from accelerators and astroparticle physics.
The students are given an introduction to elementary particle physics that allows them to prepare for a master or PhD degree in this field. Tools are used to calculate and simulate various high energy processes.
After the course, students are expected to know about:
- Feynman rules
- Neutrino physics
- Higgs mechanism
- CKM mass mixing matrix
- Experiments from accelerators and astroparticle physics
- The Standard Model (SM) for Electroweak (EW) and Strong interactions (QCD)
- Beyond the SM theories, such as supersymmetry (SUSY) and Grand unified theories (GUT)
- Quantitative comparison of theory and experiments for scattering and disintegration processes
After the course, students are expected to be able to:
- Compare analytical calculations to predictions of simulation programmes such as CompHEP.
- Read publications in the field of particle physics.
- Calculate, using Feynman techniques, cross sections for various processes, as well as decay widths or lifetimes of particle resonances.
- Interpret experimental results within or beyond the Standard Model.
- Write project reports and prepare and hold short presentations.
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Recommended previous knowledge
10 credits overlap with FYS9560 – Elementary particle physics
The course extends over a full semester with 4 hours of teaching per week (lectures and colloquia).
2-4 compulsory exercises (approx. 30% weight). 1 project work (approx.30% weight). Final oral exam (approx. 40% weight). Letter grade.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
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Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.