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FUF080 - Particle physics: The standard model and beyond
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPPAS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0108 Written and oral assignments 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c    

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MPPAS PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Doktor  Christoffer Petersson

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

This course assumes that the student has passed courses in Special Relativity and master-level Quantum Mechanics. In addition, it is recommended that the student has passed an introductory course in Quantum Field Theory.


To present the Standard Model of particle physics, which is a quantum field theory describing how the known elementary particles interact via the electromagnetic, weak and strong force. A key element in this theory is the Higgs mechanism, and the associated Higgs particle recently discovered at the LHC experiments at CERN. The purpose of the course is to provide the students with a working knowledge of the basic concepts and features of the Standard Model, including its of predictions (which have been verified with unprecedented accuracy) as well as its experimental and theoretical shortcomings. The students will also gain knowledge about various proposals for what theory may lie beyond the Standard Model and how such proposals are currently being searched for experimentally.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- Understand the underlying principles and structure of the Standard Model of particle physics, with particular emphasis on the Higgs mechanism and the properties of the Higgs boson. 

- Work out predictions of the Standard Model and compare them with experimental data.  

- Understand the key open questions in particle physics and the motivation for physics beyond the Standard Model.  

- Work out experimental consequences of some models of physics beyond the Standard Model. 


- The Standard Model and its description of how the known elementary particles interact via the electroweak and strong force. 

- The Higgs mechanism and its experimental signatures.

- Motivations for physics beyond the Standard Model, such as neutrino masses, dark matter and the hierarchy problem.  

- Examples of physics beyond the Standard Model, such as supersymmetry and grand unified theories. 

- Overview of the LHC and its experiments. 

- Description of how the discovery of a Higgs boson was made and how physics beyond the Standard Model is currently being searched for. 


- Lectures.

- Home assignments.

- Oral exam.


- Lecture notes.

- Recommended textbooks: ``Quantum Field Theory" by Srednicki (available for free on the internet), and ``An introduction to Quantum Field Theory" by Peskin and Schroeder.

- Articles which are available for free on the internet.


The final grade will be based on the homework and an oral exam.

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