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TIF355 - Standard model of particle physics
Standard model of particle physics
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-26 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPPHS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: English
Application code: 85122
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: B
Status, available places (updated regularly): Yes

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0120 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   29 Oct 2021 pm J,  05 Jan 2022 am J,  17 Aug 2022 am J

In programs

MPPHS PHYSICS, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPPHS PHYSICS, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Gabriele Ferretti

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

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. 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.

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. 


- Overview of the LHC and its experiments

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

- Chiral fermions

- Non-abelian gauge theories

- Symmetry breaking

- Examples of Standard Model processes. Particle production and decays.

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


- Lectures.

- Home assignments.

- Oral exam.


- Lecture notes.

- Articles and books available for free on the internet.

Examination including compulsory elements

The final grade is based on the homework and a voluntary oral exam (for a higher grade).

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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