FYS4555 – Particle Physics
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.
The course provides the basic principles and concepts to understand the fascinating world of quarks and leptons, today’s constituents of matter, the fundamental forces of Nature, and the evolution of the early Universe. You will learn about the current knowledge and how today’s research in the field attempts to address some of the greatest mysteries in physics today: the nature of dark matter, the origin of antimatter and the behavior of the gravitational force at the microscopic scale.
After completing the course, you will:
- master basic quantum field theory concepts essential to particle physics, and know how symmetries and conservation laws lead to the equations of motion, to the fundamental forces, and to the classification of particles
- apply Feynman diagrams and techniques, relativistic kinematics and perturbation theory to study basic collision and decay processes
- know about the current theory of particle physics and understand the role of experiments to shape the standard model of electroweak and strong interactions
- know how particle physics explains the early Universe and its evolution
- know how the electroweak theory explains phenomena such as matter-antimatter asymmetry and mass generation
- explain how today’s research attempts to address mysteries in physics today, nature of dark matter, the origin of antimatter and the behavior of the gravitational force at the microscopic scale
- know about some new theories such as Supersymmetry and Grand unification, which propose to explain some of the shortcomings of today’s knowledge of the universe.
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.
Recommended previous knowledge
- FYS-MEK1110 – Mechanics
- FYS3110 – Quantum Mechanics
- FYS3120 – Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics
- FYS3500 – Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
- 3 credits overlap with FYS4560 – Elementary particle physics (discontinued).
6 hours teaching per week, in total 90 hours, including 2 hours exercises every other week, the remaining based on lectures and demonstrations.
This course has 3 compulsory assignments, where all 3 must be approved before you can sit the final exam.
3 mandatory assignments must be approved before you can sit the final exam.
- Final oral exam which counts 100% towards the final grade.
Examination support material
Particle Data Booklet
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: