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SH2204 Astroparticle Physics 7.5 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Target group


Part of programme

Master's Programme, Engineering Physics, åk 2, TFYB, Conditionally Elective


P1 (7.5 hp)


26 Aug 2024
27 Oct 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location


Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students


Josefin Larsson (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SH2204 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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

Intended learning outcomes

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.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Subatomic physics (SH2103), or equivalent.

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

SH2103 subatomic physics, or equivalent.


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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


  • INL1 - Home Assignments, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Seminar, 1.5 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.

Home assignments (5 hp)

Seminar (1.5 hp)

Laboratory (1 hp)

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.

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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