Postgraduate course

Selected Topics in Experimental Particle Physics

Teaching semester


Objectives and Content


The goal of the course is to convey the present status of selected interesting topics in particle physics from an experimental viewpoint.



The course starts with laying out the framework of Standard Model, discussing the Lagrangian and gauge transformations, spontaneous symmetry breaking, the Higgs mechanism, the Yukawa couplings, the CKM matrix and the most precise parameters used for predictions. The next topic deals with decays of leptons and heavy quarks involving leptons, rare decays, flavor mixing and CP violation. This is followed by basic e+e- processes, electroweak and top quark physics, the Higgs boson and neutrino interactions. The course concludes with a discussion of Standard Model extensions including supersymmetry.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course

the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • will gain an up-to-date overview of particle physics with details in several topics
  • will appreciate the success of the Standard Model, see its short comings and understand the need for new physics


The student

  • will be able to understand seminars and read papers on these topics, which is useful for the master thesis

General competence

The student

  • will obtain the appropriate training in experimental particle physics necessary for a master degree in both experimental and theoretical particle physics

Required Previous Knowledge

Minimum 60 ECTS in physics

Recommended Previous Knowledge

PHYS241, PHYS232, PHYS205

Forms of Assessment

Oral exam.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline