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Astro-Particle Physics


Admission Requirements

Introductie Moderne Natuurkunde, Klassieke Mechanica a, Classical Electrodynamics and Quantum Mechanics 2.


This course focusses on the interplay between particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. The list of topics includes

  • particle interactions,

  • fundamental forces,

  • Big Bang,

  • cosmic microwave background,

  • Solar neutrinos,

  • cosmic rays,

  • high-energy gamma rays, and

  • cosmic neutrinos.

Course objectives

After successfully completing this course you will appreciate the role of the different forces in the Universe, you will be able to understand some of the macroscopic phenomena in terms of microscopic particles and you will have an overview of the experimental status in this field.


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Mode of Instruction

Assessment method

There will be a written exam at the end of the lecture series with questions covering the research aspects of this lecture series. The book quoted below as well as the slides presented durting the lecture series can be used during the exam.

Reading list

Second Edition
Lars Bergström and Ariel Goobar
Slides presented during the lecture series (available in Brightspace)


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Contact details lecturer: Prof.dr. Maarten de Jong