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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Elementary Particle Physics

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 2
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Oleg Ruchayskiy (15-5c7972743b5f8270756e86807876864d7b6f763b78823b7178)
  • The Niels Bohr Institute
Course number: NFYA04036U

Course content

The purpose of this course is to give the student an elementary understanding of relativistic quantum field theory, and to enable the student to apply it to the calculation of fundamental phenomena such as cross sections, decay rates, etc.

The Standard Model of particle physics, starting with Quantum Electrodynamics, its unification in the electroweak theory, and finally Quantum Chromodynamics, the theory of strong interactions. A general introduction to Quantum Field Theory will be given, with an aim towards applications: Feynman diagrams, cross sections, decay rates, etc.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to

  • use the tools of quantum field theory to solve fundamental problems in theoretical particle physics.
  • use the required mathematical language in presenting the solutions to these problems.

The understanding of relativistic Quantum Field Theory and its application in describing relativistic scattering and decay processes in the Standard Model of fundamental interactions.

This course, together with 'Quantum Field Theory I', prepares the students with the background for research in this field, for instance in terms of an M.Sc. project.

Recommended prerequisites

The physics course curriculum corresponding to a bachelor degree in physics at the University of Copenhagen.
An elementary knowledge of relativistic notation is assumed, and it is therefore a good idea to have followed the preceding course in General Relativity and Cosmology.

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M.Sc. Physics


Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods



No restriction to number of participants




Mark Srednicki: "Quantum Field Theory" (Cambridge Univ, Press).


Category Hours
Lectures 42
Exam 8
Preparation 156
English 206


Type of assessment

Continuous assessment
Written assignment, 8 hours
The final grade will be based on two components:
(i) 6 homework assignments (25%) and
(ii) 8 hours take home exam (75%).

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

See Skills.

Censorship form

No external censorship
More internal examiners


Reexamination: 8 hours take home assignment counts for 75% of the final grade. Points from the homework assignments handed in during the course (if any) count for the remaining 25% of the grade.

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