Course data
Course name: Particle Physics
Neptun ID: BMETE15MF43
Responsible teacher: Gábor Takács
Department: Department of Theoretical Physics
Programme: Courses for Physicist MSc students
Course data sheet: BMETE15MF43
Requirements, Informations



The course consists of 2x45 minutes of lectures every week, and an exercise class, organised as 2x45 minutes every two weeks. The language of the course is English; consultation in Hungarian is available upon request.

Topics covered: 

  1. Overview of scales in Nature. Special relativity. Classification of particles.
  2. Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations.
  3. Introduction to weak interactions. Beta decay, neutrino. Parity and CP violation. CPT symmetry.
  4. Introduction to strong interactions. Isospin, strangeness. SU(3) quark model.
  5. Relativistic field theory, canonical formalism, Noether theorem.
  6. Basic principles of quantum field theory. Feynman rules.
  7. Weak interactions: charged currents, FCNC and GIM mechanism. Flavour mixing. Neutrino oscillations.
  8. Non-Abelian gauge theories.
  9. Fundamentals of quantum chromodynamics.
  10. Spontaneous symmetry breaking, Goldstone theorem. Higgs mechanism.
  11. Electroweak unification. The Standard Model. The Higgs boson.
  12. Overview of latest developments and open problems in particle physics.

Lecture notes

In preparation: a preliminary version is available (note: for technical reasons, the file is relatively large, over 100 MB).

If you find errors, mistakes or misprints, please enter the details into the error report form.

Examination requirements 

There is a written exam at the end of the semester covering the exercise class, and an oral exam in the examination period covering the lecture material. The oral exam consists of one topic chosen randomly from the following

List of exam topics 

and some short questions regarding the rest of the material. Preparation time is 45 minutes.

The final mark is a combination of the two exams with equal weights.


Written exam: results

(now including test #2)