NFYA04036U  Elementary Particle Physics

Volume 2016/2017

M.Sc. Physics


The purpose of this course is to give the student an elementary understanding of relativistic quantum field theory, and to enable the student to apply it to the calculation of fundamental phenomena such as cross sections, decay rates, etc.

The Standard Model of particle physics, starting with Quantum Electrodynamics, its unification in the electroweak theory, and finally Quantum Chromodynamics, the theory of strong interactions. A general introduction to Quantum Field Theory will be given, with an aim towards applications: Feynman diagrams, cross sections, decay rates, etc.

Learning Outcome

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to

  • use the tools of quantum field theory to solve fundamental problems in theoretical particle physics.
  • use the required mathematical language in presenting the solutions to these problems.

The understanding of relativistic Quantum Field Theory and its application in describing relativistic scattering and decay processes in the Standard Model of fundamental interactions.

This course, together with 'Quantum Field Theory I', prepares the students with the background for research in this field, for instance in terms of an M.Sc. project.

Mark Srednicki: "Quantum Field Theory" (Cambridge Univ, Press).

The physics course curriculum corresponding to a bachelor degree in physics at the University of Copenhagen.
An elementary knowledge of relativistic notation is assumed, and it is therefore a good idea to have followed the preceding course in General Relativity and Cosmology.
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Written assignment, 8 hours
The final grade will be based on two components:
(i) 6 homework assignments (25%) and
(ii) 8 hours take home exam (75%).
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
More internal examiners

Reexamination: 8 hours take home assignment counts for 75% of the final grade. Points from the homework assignments handed in during the course (if any) count for the remaining 25% of the grade.

Criteria for exam assesment

See Skills.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Exam
  • 8
  • Preparation
  • 156
  • Total
  • 206