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Subject: ELEMENTARY PARTICLES (A.A. 2020/2021)

master degree course in PHYSICS – FISICA

Course year 1
Teaching units Unit Elementary Particles
Microphysics and Material Structure (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: FIS/04 CFU: 6
Teachers: Andrea BIZZETI
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language English
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Knowledge and understanding:
At the end of the course the student should have acquired the elements of properties of elementary particles and their interactions.

Applying knowledge and understandings: At the end of the course the student should be able to apply the knowledge acquired to simple problems in elementary particle physics.

Making judgement:
At the end of the course the student should be able to recognize by himself the different kinds of reactions and decays involving elementary particles.

Communication skills:
At the end of the course the student should be able to describe with appropriate technical language and mathematical formalism the subjects presented in the course.

Learning skills:
The use of English books should stimulate the learning skills and the ability to go deep in subjects connected with the ones presented in the lessons.

Admission requirements

Good knowledge of classical mechanics and electromagnetism.
Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics and special relativity.

Course contents

Course Programme
Elementary particles: leptons, quarks and gauge bosons.
Particle-matter interaction. Particle detectors.
Space-time symmetries. Hadrons: quantum numbers, excited states; colour, QCD, gluons. Weak interaction: W and Z bosons, electroweak unification, charge coniugation and parity. Neutrino masses and oscillations. Higgs mechanism.

Examinations:end-of-course oral assesment

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Teaching methods

Lectures, few laboratory experiments on the detection of nuclear radiation. Lectures will be normally given at distance with asynchronous (recording) or synchronous (streaming) technologies due to COVID-19 sanitary situation. Exercises will be normally done in presence and will be made remotely available in synchronous or asynchronous mode.

Assessment methods

The final exam consists in a test divided in two parts: i) numerical exercises and ii) discussion of some topics of the program chosen by the teacher. Examinations could be carried out in presence or at distance, depending on COVID-19 sanitary situation.

Learning outcomes

Basic knowledge of elementary particles and their interactions.


B.R. Martin and G.P. Shaw, Particle physics (Fourth edition), Wiley 2016