FYS4530 – Subatomic Many-Body Theory II

Course content

Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collision Theory is devoted to the theory of high-energy collisions between nuclei and phase transitions in nuclear matter. The curriculum is specially adapted for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, because three LHC experiments, ALICE, ATLAS and CMS, will study both high-energy particle physics and relativistic heavy-ion physics. The course consists of a basic part and detailed subjects on request.

The basic units are:

  • Phenomenology of relativistic heavy-ion collisions
  • Quantum Chromodynamics, phase diagram and the equation of state of nuclear matter under extreme conditions
  • Model descriptions of relativistic nucleon-nucleon and heavy-ion collisions: Hydrodynamics, Glauber model, Dual Parton Model and other selected models, and model predictions to be tested at the Large Hadron Collider.

One other unit should be chosen among the following topics: Signatures of new phenomena in relativistic heavy-ion collisions:

  • Jet production and jet quenching
  • Anisotropic flow
  • Photon and di-lepton production
  • Heavy quarkonia production
  • Femtoscopy and two-particle correlations
  • Strangeness and the thermal statistical model
  • Color Glass Condensate and glasma
  • Chiral symmetry restoration and masses of resonances
  • Neutron stars and exotic phases at extreme baryon densities

Learning outcome

After the course students should have knowledge about:

  • Big Bang in early universe and mini Big Bang at LHC at CERN.
  • new states of matter produced in high-energy nucleus-nucleus collisions, like Quark Gluon Plasma and color glass condensate.
  • phase transitions in dense and hot nuclear matter and their signatures.
  • the basics of Quantum Chromodynamics.
  • different models of relativistic hadron-hadron and heavy-ion collisions.
  • predictions of these models for LHC at CERN.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Overlapping courses


The course extends over a full semester and includes:

  • 3 hours of lectures per week
  • 2 hours of problem-solving per week

Two mandatory assignments must be approved before you can sit the final exam.


  • Final oral exam which counts 100 % towards the final grade.

This course has mandatory exercises that must be approved before you can sit the final exam

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS9530 – Subatomic Many-Body Theory II

Grading scale

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.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed exam at the beginning of the next semester.

New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Dec. 8, 2022 8:14:37 PM

Facts about this course


If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)