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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Particle Physics Phenomenology

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 3
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Mogens Dam (3-6966724573676e33707a336970)
  • The Niels Bohr Institute
Course number: NFYK15015U

Course content

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a broad and reasonably complete understanding of modern particle physics. The course will concentrate on the Standard Model of Particle Physics with the aim of
providing an overview of current experimental results and the theoretical understanding to place these results in context.

Subjects covered include:

  • Calculation of decay rates and scattering cross sections: Dirac equation, Feynman diagrams, QED, spin, chirality, Rutherford and Mott scattering, proton form factors, deep inelastic scattering, quark-parton model, parton distribution functions;
  • Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD): gluons, colour confinement;
  • Weak interactions: parity and chiral structure, W-boson propagator, universality; neutrinos and neutrino oscillations, CP violation and weak hadronic interactions;
  • Electroweak unification;
  • Tests of the Standard Model: Z resonance in electron-positron collisions, quantum loop corrections, the top quark;
  • The Higgs boson: Electroweak spontaneous symmetry breaking, particle masses, discovery.


Learning outcome


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

  • calculate cross sections and differential distributions in simple particle physics reactions;
  • relate experimental results from a broad range of particle physics experiments to the theoretical framework of the Standard Model of Particle Physics.



The course prepares the student with a broad understanding of modern particle physics and the Standard Model. Emphasis is on the current status of
experimental results and the theoretical understanding to place these in context.


The course prepares the student with a comprehsnsive understanding of modern particle physics. The connection between experimental results and the theoretical framework of the Standard Model is highlighted. The course prepares the student with a broad background for research in the field of particle physics, for instance in terms of a MSc project.

Recommended prerequisites

Entry level is the curriculum corresponding to a bachelor degree in physics.
The text book used is self-contained, and assumes only a basic knowledge of
quantum mechanics and special relativity. To minimise repetitions, however,
lectures start at a level corresponding to what has been covered in the
bachelor level course "Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics".
Students who have not taken this course are expected to read the
corresponding parts of the book as self study.


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M.Sc. Physics


Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


Mogens Dam,
Jørgen Beck Hansen


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and exercises


No restriction to number of participants




Mark Thomson: "Modern Particle Physics" (Cambridge University Press).


Category Hours
Lectures 49
Theory exercises 28
Exam 1
Preparation 128
English 206


Type of assessment

Continuous assessment
Oral examination, 30 min
The final grade wull be based on two components:
i) 6 homework assignments (30%) and
ii) 30 min oral exam (70%).


All aids allowed

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

12 is given for the excellent performance, demonstrating exhaustive fulfilment of the course goals, with none or very few unimportant points missing.

Censorship form

No external censorship
More internal examiners


30 min oral exam, counting 70%. Points from the written assignments during the course are carried over and contribute to the final 30%. The assignments cannot be re-submitted.

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