Particle Physics Phenomenology

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.



MSc Programme in Physics

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.

Lectures and exercises

See Absalon for final course material. The following is an example of expected course litterature.


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

Entry level is the curriculum corresponding to a bachelor degree in physics.
The text book used is self-contained, and assumes only a knowledge of basic
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.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Oral examination, 30 min
The final grade will be based on two components:
i) 6 homework assignments (33%) and
ii) 30 min oral exam (67%).

Each part of the exam is assessed individually and the final grade is given on this basis.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
More internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

see learning outcome

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 35
  • Preparation
  • 149
  • Theory exercises
  • 21
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 3
No restriction
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience
Contracting department
  • The Niels Bohr Institute
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Mogens Dam   (3-6764704371656c316e7831676e)

Mogens Dam

Saved on the 09-12-2021

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