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Physics of Elementary Particles


Admission Requirements

Speciale Relativiteitstheorie, Klassieke Mechanica a, Classical Electrodynamics and Quantum Mechanics 2


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. The course will also introduce the relevant tools and methods to investigate on the particles and their interactions.

Course objectives

The students will acquire an oversight on nuclear models and learn to calculate basic nuclear reactions.
They will get an understanding of the detectors and methods used to investigate on elementary particles and their interactions and be able to apply the relevant calculations of relativistic kinematics to scattering processes in particle physics experiments.
They will gain insights on the process of the model development and constraints from experimental findings and overall gain an overview on all components of the Standard Model of Particle Physics and the model description.



Mode of instruction

Lectures and problem/discussion sessions

Assessment method

The final grade will be based on the exam results, extra credits can be earned via homework and a voluntary essay (to write and to review others). ### Blackboard

Lectures and exercises will be available on blackboard
To have access to Blackboard you need a ULCN-account.Blackboard UL

Reading list

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


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