Postgraduate course

Selected Topics in Experimental Particle Physics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codePHYS341
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

Phenomenological review of the Standard Model of strong and electroweak

interactions and experimental tests, higher symmetries, weak decays of

heavy hadrons and leptons, rare decays of B mesons, meson mixing and CP

violation, heavy quark production, W and Z physics, neutrino oscillations,

Higgs physics and physics beyond the Standard Model (SUSY).

Learning Outcomes

By completing the course the students should be able to:

- Give an account of properties of the Standard Model (SM Lagrangian, gauge transformations, Higgs mechanism, generation mechanism for boson and fermion masses, quark mixing, weak parameters).

-Give an account of decays of leptons and quarks (lepton spectrum, Michel parameters, determination of CKM parameters V_cb and V_ub, rare decays), flavor mixing, CP violation in the B system and determination of the Unitarity Triangle.

-Explain how the Standard Model is tested in basic e+e- processes, and account for particle production in e+e- and hadron colliders (top quark, b jets, quark distributions, boson production).

- Give an account of neutrino masses and mixing, dark matter and dark energy, higher symmetries (supersymmetry, grand unification), and experimental searches for them.

Required Previous Knowledge

Minimum 60 ECTS in physics + PHYS232, PHYS241 or equivalent courses.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

PHYS241, PHYS232. PHYS203 and PHYS205 are also recommended.

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