Course data
Course name: Particle Physics
Neptun ID: BMETE15MF72
Responsible teacher: Gábor Takács
Department: Department of Theoretical Physics
Programme: Courses for Physicist MSc students
Course data sheet: BMETE15MF72
Requirements, Informations

Informations (semester 2018/19/1)




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.

Lectures: Tuesday 8:15-10:00, room F3M01

Exercise class: Tuesday 16:15-18:00, room F3M01


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 


To obtain the course signature, it is obligatory to participate at min. 70% of the exercise classes (which means at least 5 of the 7 fortnightly occasions).


There is a written test (ZH) at the end of the semester covering the exercise class, with a repeated occasion (pótZH). In case the written test is unsuccessful, there is a supplementary test for obtaining the pass mark (ppZH). Passing the test is a condition to obtain the course signature (i.e. admittance to the final exam).


The final exam is oral and covers the lecture material. It 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 written and oral exams with equal weights.