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Physics of Elementary Particles

Vak 2014-2015


This course gives an introduction to the physics of elementary particles and their interactions. It starts with atoms, nuclei, nucleons and builds up towards a description of the Standard Model of Particle Physics and a basic understanding of the strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions.
• Nuclear physics
• Particle detection and detectors
• Description of fundamental particles and interactions

Programme form

Lectures and problem / discussion sessions


Mandatory book: Particles and Fundamental Interactions, Sylvie Braibant, Giorgio Giacomelli, Maurizio Spurio, Springer 2012
Online resource: The Review of Particle Physics (

Further books (not mandatory):

Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics, David Griffith Particles and Nuclei – An introduction to the Physical Concepts, Bogdan Povh, Klaus Rith, Christoph Scholz, Frank Zetsche




The final grade will be based on the exam results, extra credits can be earned via homework.


Speciale Relativiteitstheorie, Klassieke Mechanica a, Klassieke Elektrodynamica and Quantummechanica 2

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Contact details lecturer: Dr. D.F.E. Samtleben (Dorothea)

More detailed information will be available on Blackboard.