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1. Course title


2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 53797 Supersymmetria, 7 op.

3. Course status: compulsory or optional

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences

-Which module does the course belong to?
PAP300 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences (optional for Study Track in Particle Physics and Cosmology)
TCM300 Advanced Studies in Theoretical and Computational Methods

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

-The recommended time for completion may be, e.g., after certain relevant courses have
been completed.

Can be taken after introduction to particle physics courses, but quantum field theory I/II recommended to take at the same time or earlier.

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

-The course may be offered in the autumn or spring term or both.
-If the course is not offered every year, this must be indicated here.
-Specification of the teaching period when the course will be offered

Given every second year (odd years) in the spring term (III-IV periods).

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Katri Huitu

9. Course learning outcomes

-Description of the learning outcomes provided to students by the course
- See the competence map (


The students will learn

  • to construct supersymmetric field theories using superfields
  • to find interactions between component fields
  • the supersymmetry breaking methods and their limitations
  • to construct the supersymmetric minimal standard model, and some phenomenological consequencies

10. Course completion methods

-Will the course be offered in the form of contact teaching, or can it be taken as a distance
learning course?
-Description of attendance requirements (e.g., X% attendance during the entire course or
during parts of it)
-Methods of completion

  • Lectures are each weak, exercise session for the returned homework are once per weak. In the end of the term, there is a written home exam.

11. Prerequisites

-Description of the courses or modules that must be completed before taking this course or
what other prior learning is required

  • Introduction to particle physics I/II or corresponding knowledge.

12. Recommended optional studies

-What other courses are recommended to be taken in addition to this course?
-Which other courses support the further development of the competence provided by this

  • Quantum field theory I/II
  • Higgs physics

13. Course content

-Description of the course content

  • Majorana, Weyl, Dirac -spinors
  • supersymmetry algebra
  • supersymmetry free field theory
  • superfields
  • supersymmetry breaking
  • R-symmetries, R-parity
  • minimal supersymmetric standard model


14. Recommended and required literature

-What kind of literature and other materials are read during the course (reading list)?
-Which works are set reading and which are recommended as supplementary reading?

Lecture notes;
D. Bailin and A. Love, Supersymmetric gauge field theories and string theory, IOP Publishing Ltd, 1994;
P. Binetruy, Supersymmetry - Theory, Experiment, and Cosmology, Oxford University Press, 2006;
S.P. Martin, A Supersymmetry Primer, in G. Kane, Perspectives on Supersymmetry, World Scientific, 1998 (hep-ph/9709356)

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

-See the competence map (
-Student activities
-Description of how the teacher’s activities are documented

  • Weekly lectures and exercises (individual work).Final exam. Total hours 135.

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

-See the competence map (
-The assessment practices used are directly linked to the learning outcomes and teaching
methods of the course.

  • The written home exam contributes 75%, while  howework including active participation in the lectures contributes 25% to the final grade.

17. Teaching language


  • English

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