Postgraduate course

Quark and Lepton Physics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codePHYS343
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The course covers the theory of strong interactions, Quantum Chromodynamics and Electroweak theory. Together, these make up the Standard Model of particle physics. The course also gives a brief introduction to CP violation and supersymmetry. The course gives a basis for calculating and understanding simple cross sections for collisions and particle production involving strong and electroweak forces.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the students should be able to

  • explain the quark and gluon fields, the strong nuclear force, and the underlying symmetries,
  • explain the symmetries of the electroweak theory, and their breaking via the Higgs mechanism,
  • calculate simple cross sections involving quarks and gluons,
  • explain CP violation involving K-mesons, and the origin of the CKM matrix,
  • present the basic principles of supersymmetry

Required Previous Knowledge

Minimum 60 ECTS in physics + PHYS241 or equivalent course.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

PHYS 342

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

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