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Elementary Particle Physics

The observable universe is built of particles. You will study the different types of particles that exist in nature and see how they interact with each other via three fundamental forces. The course includes new and important results from research which is going on right including the discovery and study of the Higgs particle.

Particle physics patchwork: elementary particles, collisions, neutron decay, neutrino oscillations
Top left: elementary particles in the standard model. Bottom left: hadrons. Middle: simulated proton-proton collision in ATLAS. Top right: neutron decay and the weak interaction. Bottom right: neutrino oscillations.

In this course you will learn about nature’s building blocks – quarks and leptons. You will see how they interact through the weak, electromagnetic and strong forces via the exchange of boson. Quarks are mysterious particles which have never been directly observed but which we believe exist in so-called hadrons like protons and neutrons. You will learn evidence for the existence of quarks. The course also includes experimental methods which are used in particle physics research. You will learn how particle accelerators and detectors work and how they are used to make discoveries such as that of the Higgs particle. The Higgs particle was the missing piece in the so-called Standard Model of particle physics which describes everything we know about the particles in nature and their properties. Observing the Higgs particle means that we understand why particles have masses.

  • Course structure

    This is a second cycle course given at half speed during daytime. This course can also be taken as a third cycle course. The course is given in collaboration with Department of Physics, KTH.

    Teaching format

    The course comprises lectures and exercise classes.


    The course is examined through home work assignments, and written and oral examinations at the end of the course.


    Sara Strandberg

    Phone: +468 5537 8673


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Elementary Particle Physics, an intuitive introduction, Andrew J. Larkoski (Cambridge University Press)

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course coordinator and teacher:

    Sara Strandberg, phone: +468 5537 8673, e-mail:

    Teacher from KTH: Jonas Strandberg, e-mail:


    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics:

    Student office: