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SH2101 Subatomic Physics 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SH2101 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Big Bang and the development of the Universe from particles under extreme conditions via nucleosynthesis in stars to atomic nuclei and matter. Dark matter. The force between protons and neutrons. The structure and mass of the nucleus and the various decay modes of unstable nuclei. Nuclear reactions and nuclear energy. The three families of quarks and leptons. The different forces and their exchange particles. The standard model. CERN.

Intended learning outcomes

To extend the knowledge of nuclear and particle physics, to enhance the understanding of the phenomena governing the composition and structure of the universe and to show how knowledge in this field can be used by the society.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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W.S.C. Williams: Nuclear and Particle Physics (Clarendon, Oxford 1991. ISBN 0-19-852046-8, Paperback)

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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

One written examination (TEN1; 6 university credits).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination



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

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Ayse Nyberg (