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1. Course title

Johdatus hiukkasfysiikkaan I
Introduktion till partikelfysiken I
Introduction to Particle Physics I

2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 53230 Johdatus hiukkasfysiikkaan I, 5 op.

3. Course status: compulsory

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

-Which module does the course belong to?
PAP3002 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics Cosmology (compulsory for Study Track in Particle Physics and Cosmology)

-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

-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

- kandidaatin tutkinnon 3. opintovuosi tai maisteriopintojen 1. opintovuosi: edeltävät kurssisuoritukset: kvanttimekaniikka I, elektrodynamiikka I, analyyttinen mekaniikka I, lineaarialgebra I, modernin fysiikan alkeet/aineen rakenne, erikoinen suhteellisuusteoria I

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

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Mikko Voutilainen

9. Course learning outcomes

Aim of the course is to familiarize students to the basic concepts of modern particle physics and learn the most fundamental calculational techniques. This will lay the foundation for more in-depth studies of Quantum Chromodynamics, Electroweak theory and Higgs physics in follow-up courses.

10. Course completion methods

- contact teaching: lectures, theory exercises (25%) and experimental analysis (25%)

 - exam (50%)

 - minimum of 45% required to pass

11. Prerequisites

Student is expected to be comfortable with special relativity and classical quantum mechanics and have taken an introduction modern physics and structure of matter. For the experimental analysis, student should be familiar with Python or another similar programming language.

12. Recommended optional studies

suositellaan: matemaattiset apuneuvot III, kvanttimekaniikka II, soveltuvat matematiikan kurssit

13. Course content

  • Underlying concepts [special relativity, quantum mechanics]
  • Decay rates and cross sections [Lorentz-invariance, matrix element]
  • The Dirac equation [relativistic QM => spin + antimatter]
  • Interaction by particle exchange [Feynman diagrams]
  • Electron-positron annihilation [calculations in perturbation theory]
  • Electron-proton elastic scattering [form factor]

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14. Recommended and required literature


  • M. Thomson, Modern Particle Physics, Cambridge University Press 2013. – pakollinen kurssikirja
  • F. Halzen, A.D. Martin, Quarks and Leptons , John Wiley & Sons 1984.
  • D. Griffiths, Introduction to elementary particles, John Wiley & Sons 1987.
  • M. Peskin, D. Schroeder, An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Westview Press 1995.
  • I. Aitchison, A. Hey, Gauge Theories in Particle Physics, Taylor & Francis 2004.
  • A. Seiden, Particle Physics: A Comprehensive Introduction, Addison-Wesley 2004.
  • O. Nachtmann, Elementary Particle Physics, Springer-Verlag 1990.

Web Resources

CERN summer student lectures, Introductory lectures

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

Theory exercises (pen and paper), experimental analysis (Jupyter Notebook).

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

Grading is from 1 to 5. Exercises are 30% of the total grade. There is an oral final exam at the end of the course.

17. Teaching language

  • English