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FSI3300 Theoretical Particle Physics 7.5 credits

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Spring 2024 Start 18 Mar 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSI3300 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Introductory survey. Conservation laws. Basic reaction theory. Feynman diagrams. Lorentz invariance. One particle states. Binary reactions. Determination of mass. Scattering theory (the S-matrix, decay rate, scattering cross-section). Symmetries. Time-reversal. Space-reflection. Charge conjugation. The tensor method for determination of spin and parity of particles. Isospin. Strangeness. The quark model. Color. Hadron spectroscopy. Quarkonium. Electroweak interaction of quarks. The Higgs mechanism. Deep inelastic scattering. Neutrino physics. Neutrino oscillations.

Intended learning outcomes

After completed course, the PhD student should be able to:

  • know and describe the standard model of particle physics.
  • compute decay rates and cross-sections with help of relativistic kinematics.
  • use symmetries to restrict the form of the S-matrix, for example, isospin, discrete symmetries, and spacetime symmetries.
  • give an account of and describe the static properties of the hadrons from the quark model.
  • know the basic principles of the electroweak theory.
  • have knowledge about how deep inelastic scattering shows the existence of quarks in the nucleons.
  • know about basic neutrino physics and describe neutrino oscillations.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Relativity Theory.
Advanced Quantum Mechanics.
Relativistic Quantum Physics (recommended).

Recommended prerequisites

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There is no unambiguous textbook, but several books can be used:

  • W.N. Cottingham and D.A. Greenwood, An Introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics, 2nd ed., Cambridge (2007)
  • D. Griffiths, Introduction to Elementary Particles, Wiley (1987)
  • F. Halzen and A.D. Martin, Quarks and Leptons, Wiley (1984)
  • Q. Ho-Kim and X.-Y. Pham, Elementary Particles and Their Interactions - Concepts and Phenomena, Springer (1998)
  • A. Seiden, Particle Physics - A Comprehensive Introduction, Addison-Wesley (2005)
  • H. Snellman, Elementary Particle Physics, KTH (2004)

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • TEN1 - Exam, 7.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Hand in assignments and an oral exam.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

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Education cycle

Third cycle

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Sushant Raut

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Physics