FYTN04 Theoretical Particle Physics, 7.5 ECTS
Schedule, literature, etc.
This page can be found at http://home.thep.lu.se/~bijnens/fytn04.
The official home page for the course can be found at http://www.thep.lu.se/english/education/courses/theoretical_particle_physics/
Official course content in Swedish: http://kursplaner.lu.se/svenska/FYTN04.pdf
Translation to English: http://kursplaner.lu.se/english/FYTN04_english.pdf.
Introduction MeetingMonday 31 October 2016, 10.15, Andromeda, Astronomy building. Lectures on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.15-12.00 in the same room. The schedule can be found below, so you can see how the course goes.
Take home exam
Schedule: Contact us if you want to do the exam and tell us if you want it by email or will come by to fetch it (available from Torbjörn Sjöstrand office Sölvegatan 14A, K229, 9-12 on Monday 2 January) handing out Monday 2 January 2017 from 09.00, handin Monday 9 January 2017 at 12.00 (noon). Corrected exams can be looked at Tuesday 10 January 2017 at 10.15 in the usual lecture room. Oral exams will take place in the same week with possibilities Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the week 9-14 January. Note that the next term start Monday 16 January 2017.
For those we did not do or failed the take home exam:
Contact us as soon as possible and in any case before 27 January 2017 if you want to do the take-home exam, second go
- handing out 9.00 Monday 30 January 2017, by email or you fetch it here.
- return Monday 6 February 12.00 (noon)
- results presented later that week
- oral in the next two weeks
If you intend to do the reexam in August, contact us during June 2017
Oral examThis exam is meant to test understanding with a list of typical questions.
The results from earlier years:
Note: Current planning with reservation for adjustments (w45 means week 45 in the Swedish week counting. Lectures are at 10.15 in room Andromeda (Astronomy building) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday unless noted otherwise. Links are to supplementary information. We will jump around a little in the book to keep the flavour of the course intact. The square brackets mention relevant chapters/sections in the book.
Week Date Content w44 Monday 31/10 Particles and forces [1.1,2.1,2.2]
Particle chart, Matrices 1, Matrices 2
Wednesday 2/11 Lagrange functions and relativistic notation [5,9.1,App E,6.1,17.2]
Friday 4/11 Gauge invariance [App F,10.1,10.2,10.3,17.3]
Group theory, Nonabelian Field Strength
w45 Monday 7/11 The Dirac equation [ch4,App. B,6.4] Thursday 10/11 The Standard Model for electroweak interactions
and Quantum ChromoDynamics [11.1,11.2,11.3,15.2,15.3]
Friday 11/11 The Higgs mechanism [App D,17.1,17.3,17.4,17.5] w46 Monday 14/11 The Standard Model in a nutshell
Cross sections, decay widths and lifetimes [3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4,
3.5,A.1,A.3,15.1.1,15.4,16.1,16.2,16.3] Important formulae
Wednesday 16/11 Exercises Friday 18/11 Determination of the parameters of the Standard Model
w47 Monday 21/11 Experimental background [1.2,1.3,1.4,17.6,17.7]
List of accelerators, ATLAS and CMS detectors, LHC+Higgs
Wednesday 23/11 Exercises Friday 25/11 Strong interactions [10.4,9.3,9.4,9.6.2,9.6.3,9.6.4,10.8] w48 Monday 28/11 Electroweak and strong interactions
Wednesday 30/11 Exercises Friday 2/12 Neutrino masses and oscillations 
Overview lecture and Review
w49 Wednesday 7/12 Exercises and scale breaking [10.5] Running αS Friday 9/12 Grand unification and Supersymmetry [18.1,18.2.2,18.2.3,18.2.4] w50 Monday 12/12 Quark masses and quark mixing, CP violation 
Extra notes on CKM matrix Mixing and Decays
Wednesday 14/12 Exercises Friday 16/12 The Cosmology and Astrophysics connection[18.2.1] w51 Monday 19/12 Exercises and superstrings
Note: new book starting autumn 2015 Mark Thomson, Modern Particle Physics, Cambridge University Press, 2013, ISBN 978-1-107-03426-6. It has a somehwat different philosophy from the course which is why we will jump around quite a bit in the book.
There is an electronic resource page belonging to the book including a list of known misprints and some hints for the exercises.
Lecture notesIn addition to the above notes, overview lecture notes exist for the second part of the course: Phenomenology part but Note that these refer to the previous course book Gordon Kane, Modern elementary particle physics
There are many books on particle physics. We are not aware of any other good book at the same level and with the same philosophy as Kane.
Two books that cover the same and a little more ground and which both are good complements to the course book are
- D. Griffiths, Introduction to Elementary Particles, Second, Revised Edition, Wiley 2008.
- W.N. Cottingham and D.A. Greenwood, The Standard Model of Particle Physics, Second Edition, Cambridge University Press 2007.
The following books can be useful literature in addition to the main course book and those listed above. The last one is available for free.
- Hans-Uno Bengtsson, Gösta Gustafson and Lena Gustafson, Kvarken och universum, Corona 1994, gives a good but outdated introduction (in Swedish). Prior knowledge at this level is recommended.
- B.R. Martin and G. Shaw, Particle Physics, Wiley 2008 (third edition) close in level to Kane, but somewhat lower and with fewer formulae.
- Francis Halzen and Alan D. Martin, Quarks and Leptons: An introductory Course in Modern Particle Physics, Wiley 1984, offers an alternative presentation, at a higher level than this course, and with full calculations.
- Chris Quigg, Gauge theories of the strong, weak and electromagnetic interactions, Benjamin/Cummins 1983, is also more advanced. (paperback version Westview Press 1997)
- Donald Perkins, Introduction to High Energy Physics, Addison-Wesley 2000 (fourth edition), gives another somewhat more detailed presentation with more experimental background.
- Frank Close, An Introduction to Quarks and Partons, Academic Press 1979, is a more thorough but easily accessible description of the QCD part of the course.
- Luis Anchordoqui and Francis Halzen, Lessons in Particle Physics available free as arXiv:0906.1271, somewhat higher level than the course and with full calculations.
LecturerJohan Bijnens and Torbjörn Sjöstrand
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- Particle Data Book
- Major laboratories
- Introductory: (also via the laboratory websites)
- Introductory website with further links
- Swedish physicists society: section for particle and astroparticle physics
- Quarknet: a resource for high school teachers