Subatomic physics with applications in astrophysics
Spring 2015

The book Particles and Fundamental interactions aims to provide the basis of theoretical foundation and phenomenological knowledge of the structure of matter at the subatomic level. It starts by presenting the general concepts at the simplest level and does not require previous knowledge of the field, except for the basic quantum mechanics. The readers are gradually introduced to the increasingly more advanced topics, so that this text can accompany students all the way to their graduate and doctoral studies in experimental high-energy physics. Special emphasis is placed on experimental and phenomenological aspects of the field and how measurements and theory interplay in the development of particle physics.

Lecture notes (only “print” when green)



1. Historical Notes and Fundamental Concepts.
2. Particle Interactions with matter and detectors.
3. Particle Accelerators and Particle Detection.
- Appendix A2 A3
4. Paradigm of Interactions: Electromagnetic Case.
- Appendix A4
5. First Discussion of the Other Fundamental Interactions.
6. Invariance and Conservation Principles.
7. Hadron Interactions at Low Energies and the Static Quark Model.
8. Weak Interactions and Neutrinos.
Hands on ATLAS data - Masterclass instructions
9. Discoveries in Electron-Positron Collisions.
10. High Energy Interactions and Dynamic Quark Model
14. Fundamental aspects of Nucleon Interactions.
11. The Standard Model of the Microcosm.
12. CP-Violation and Particle Oscillations.
13. Some outstanding questions
15. Heavy Ion collisions (see CERN lectures).
HE Heavy Ion Physics (from previous year)
A3. Basic concepts of relativity and classical EM.
A4. Dirac’s equation and formalism.
Pensum 2015-16
Particles and Fundamental interactions, Braibant 2012

Modern Particle Physics, Thomson 2013
Nuclear and Particle Physics, Amsler 2015

CERN summer student lectures
Review of particle properties
Nobel Lectures in Physics


CERN visits: 2010 2012 2013 2014 2015
CERN visit 29 March – 1 April 2016

Previous lectures: 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2005

Problems to be solved
see Time plan 2016

Compulsory Assignments
see 2016

Written Final Exam: June 6
2014 Exam questions (ORAL)
2015 Exam questions (ORAL)
IMPORTANT: these are examples of sets of ORAL exams from 2014 and 2015. The WRITTEN exam in 2016 will be of different form and will also contain more calculations and detailed questions, in the line of the the first 2 assignments!
Pensum Exam 2015