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PAP325 Introduction to Particle Physics II, 5 cr 
Code PAP325  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Introduction to Particle Physics II  Abbreviation Introduction to 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences 

Target group 

Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences is responsible for the course.

Modules where the course belong to:

  • PAP300 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Particle Physics and Cosmology
  • TCM300 Advanced Studies in Theoretical and Computational Methods

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.


Preferably early stage of MSc studies.

Given every year in autumn, period 2.

Learning outcomes 

The student will learn

  • the structure and some essential features of quantum chromodynamics and of weak interactions.
  • weak interactions of leptons, including neutrino oscillations
  • the tree-level structure of the  Standard Model of particle physics, including Higgs mechanism and electroweak unification
Completion methods 

Lectures are twice a weak, exercise session for the returned homework are once per weak,  and in the end of the term, there is a written final exam.


Introduction to particle physics I

Recommended optional studies 

The course provides introductory material of particle physics. Recommended next courses include Quantum field theory I and II, particle physics phenomenology, particle physics experiments.

  • quantum chromodynamics
  • V-A -structure of weak interactions
  • weak interactions of leptons
  • neutrino oscillations
  • weak interactions of quarks and CP violation
  • W and Z bosons, and tests of the Standard Model
Study materials and literature 

The course will mostly follow

  • M. Thomson: Modern Particle Physics  (Cambridge University Press)
Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

Weekly lectures and exercises (individual work).Final exam. Total hours 135.

Assessment practices and criteria 

The written final exam contributes 80%, while  howework contributes 20% to the final grade.


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Functions Name Type cr Teacher Schedule
cancelled Introduction to Particle Physics II  General Examination  Matti Heikinheimo 
05.06.20fri 10.00-14.00
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