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1. Course title

Hiukkasfysiikan fenomenologia
Particle Physics Phenomenology   Partikelfysikens fenomenologi ?
Particle Physics Phenomenology

2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 53295 Hiukkasfysiikan fenomenologia, 5 op.

3. Course status: 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?
PAP3002 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Cosmology (optional 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
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.

Later stages of studies (after at least completing PAP332 Introduction to Particle Physics I and PAP325 Introduction to Particle Physics II).

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

Given every second year (even years) in the spring term, in III and IV periods.

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Kenneth Österberg

9. Course learning outcomes

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

After the course, the student will...

  1. learn to know relativistic kinematics and the Standard model of particle physics.
  2. be able to apply relativistic kinematics to calculation of total and differential cross-sections/widths.
  3. understand more deeply the Standard model of particle physics and its basis.
  4. be able to apply the understanding of the Standard model to particle physics phenomenology especially at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
  5. be familiar with the most popular extension of the Standard Model of particle physics.

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

Exercises based on lectures, oral presentation and a final oral exam.

11. Prerequisites

Highly recommended: PAP332 Introduction to Particle Physics I and PAP325 Introduction to Particle Physics II.
Beneficial: TCM311 Quantum Field Theory I.

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

  To go deeper in theory: TCM311 Quantum Field Theory I, TCM312 Quantum Field Theory II, PAP336 Higgs Physics and PAP337 Supersymmetry

13. Course content

Relativistic kinematics: special relativity, phase space, two-, three- and multi-particle final states.
Standard Model: theoretical framework, principle of gauge invariance, quantum electrodynamics (QED) and chromodynamics (QCD), elektroweak unification, the Higgs mechanism and electroweak precision measurements.
Beyond the Standard Model (BSM): signs of BSM physics, basic principles of extensions of the Standard Model, Grand Unified Theories, supersymmetric and extra dimensional models.
Hadron colliders: deep inelastic scattering and hadron-hadron interactions.
LHC phenomenology: QCD, electroweak, top and Higgs

14. Recommended and required literature

Main material: Lecture notes.

Supplementary reading:
W. von Schlippe: Relativistic kinematics of Particle Interactions, St. Petersburg University;
A. Pich: The Standard Model of Electroweak Interactions, arXiv:1201.0537;
M. Thomson: Modern Particle Physics, Cambridge University Press 2013;
Particle Data Group Reviews on Kinematics, Standard Model, Hypothetical Particles and Astrophysics & Cosmology (available at

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). Oral presentation (individual). Final oral 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.

Final grade is based on exercises (40 %), oral presentation (compulsory, 20 %) and oral exam (40 %)

17. Teaching language


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