SH2204 Astropartikelfysik 7,5 hp

Astroparticle Physics

  • Utbildningsnivå

    Avancerad nivå
  • Huvudområde

  • Betygsskala

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


HT19 för programstuderande

HT18 för Study Abroad Programme (SAP)

  • Perioder

    HT18 P1 (7,5 hp)

  • Anmälningskod


  • Kursen startar


  • Kursen slutar


  • Undervisningsspråk


  • Studielokalisering


  • Undervisningstid


  • Undervisningsform


  • Antal platser

    Ingen begränsning

  • Schema

    Schema (nytt fönster)

  • Kursansvarig

    Mark Pearce <>

  • Lärare

    Mark Pearce <>

    Torbjörn Bäck <>

  • Målgrupp

    Only SAP-students. Students from UCAS only.

    Physics Background

HT18 för programstuderande


After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Classify the fundamental subatomic particles by their possible interactions.
  • Explain how ‘particle probes’ can open a new window on the universe compared to
    observations using electromagnetic radiation.
  • Explain how particles can be detected and their properties determined, and appreciate the
    limitations of different detection techniques.
  • Identify the astrophysical observations which motivate the key features of the current
    cosmological models.
  • Calculate parameters for the expansion of the universe in radiation- and matter-dominated
    epochs and compare this with observational data
  • Describe results that give evidence for the existence of dark matter, and hypothesize over the
    possible particle candidates for dark matter in the universe.
  • Experimentally confirm the existence of dark matter through radio telescope observations
  • Perform dimensional analysis to define relationships between physical variables in astrophysical
  • Interpret data from figures published in the scientific literature and use this to perform
    calculations and develop conclusions.
  • Reflect on the current ‘open questions’ in astroparticle physics and the experiments planned to
  • address these issues.

Kursens huvudsakliga innehåll

The course gives a solid foundation in Astroparticle Physics, with a particular focus on the
experimental aspects.

  • Overview of the concepts of particle physics
  • Cosmology: Big Bang, cosmic microwave background, content and dynamics of the Universe
  • Cosmic rays: galactic, production and acceleration, detection
  • Neutrino astrophysics: stellar neutrinos, high energy neutrinos, atmospheric, detection
  • Dark matter: dark matter candidates, experiments
  • Nucleosynthesis in the Big Bang and in supernovae
  • Detection techniques: Cosmic rays, high-energy photons, polarization, benefits of
    multimessenger approach
  • Outlook and connection to other research fields


Subatomic physics (SH2103), or equivalent.

Rekommenderade förkunskaper

SH2103 subatomär fysik, eller motsvarande.


Particle astrophysics, D. Perkins (2nd edition, 2009). OUP.



  • INL1 - Inlämningsuppgifter, 5,0, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • LAB1 - Laboration, 1,0, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO1 - Seminarieuppgift, 1,5, betygsskala: P, F

Home assignments (5 hp)

Seminar (1.5 hp)

Laboratory (1 hp)

Ges av



Mark Pearce,


Mark Pearce <>


Kursplan gäller från och med HT2013.
Examinationsinformation gäller från och med HT2011.