Introduction to Particle Physics I

Spring 2017 - Period III

Lectures: Prof. Risto Orava, Tue 14-16 Physicum D112 + Wed 14-16 Exactum B121
Exercises: Mikael Mieskolainen, Wed 16-18 Physicum A315
Final Exam: Oral exam, can be done in pairs! Time/place TBD

Lecture slides: L1 , L2 , L3A , L3B , L4 ,
Exercise sheets: E1 , E2 , E3 , E4 , E5 , E6


20.1.17 Exercises on this course are done in pairs. Find yourself an exercise partner. If you can't find anyone, send me an email Ps. Exercise points are collected only by being ready to present your solutions/work on the blackboard. -MM

Useful material / links

Deep Inelastic Scattering: Experiments on the proton and the observation of scaling

IPPP - Quarks and Leptons

Collider Phenomenology: Basic Knowledge and Techniques

Feynman diagrams for beginners

Formal Course Outline (5 ECTS)

  • Underlying concepts
  • Decay rates and cross sections
  • The Dirac equation
  • Interaction by particle exchange
  • Electron-positron annihilation
  • Electron-proton elastic scattering
  • Deep inelastic scattering
  • Symmetries and the quark model


  • Grading is from 1 to 5. Exercises are 30% of the total grade. There is an oral final exam at the end of the course.


  • M. Thomson, Modern Particle Physics, Cambridge University Press 2013.
  • F. Halzen, A.D. Martin, Quarks and Leptons , John Wiley & Sons 1984.
  • D. Griffiths, Introduction to elementary particles, John Wiley & Sons 1987.
  • M. Peskin, D. Schroeder, An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Westview Press 1995.
  • I. Aitchison, A. Hey, Gauge Theories in Particle Physics, Taylor & Francis 2004.
  • A. Seiden, Particle Physics: A Comprehensive Introduction, Addison-Wesley 2004.
  • O. Nachtmann, Elementary Particle Physics, Springer-Verlag 1990.

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