Standard Model of Particle Physics

summer term 2020
Lecturer: Westhoff, Schöning
Link to LSF
46 participants


Please download the exam here: exam sheet

- You have one week to work on the problems.
- Once you have completed the exam, you hand in your solution to your tutor by email in a single PDF file. A scan or  pictures of your handwritten solutions is fine.
- The deadline for submitting your solution is Friday, July 31 at midnight.

To pass the exam you need to collect at least 60% of the total number of available points. For a passed exam you will receive 8 ECTS points.

You need to take the exam by yourself without the help of any other person. Please confirm this by signing the corresponding statement on the exam sheet. Otherwise the exam is invalid.

You may use any resources you can find, including your lecture notes, books, and the internet.

The results of the exam will become available in September. We will notify you by email.

Once the results are available, you can review your exam by contacting your tutor if you wish to do this.

In case you fail the exam, we will offer you an oral exam as a second chance. Attending the written exam is mandatory to be eligible to take the oral exam. Should you be ill during the week of the written exam, you need to bring a medical exam from your doctor in order to be eligible for the oral exam.

In case you encounter technical problems, please contact us by email.


All lectures and tutorials take place online.

Please read the text below for important information.

For general information about studying at Heidelberg University during the COVID-19 pandemic please refer to:


April 20  L01 (E): Introduction and key experiments

April 22  L02 (E): Relativistic kinematics and phase space

April 27  L03 (T): From the Lagrangian to observables

April 29  L04 (T): Bosons and fermions

May 04  L05 (T): Abelian gauge theory and quantum electrodynamics

May 06  L06 (E): Tests of quantum electrodynamics (1)

May 11  L07 (E): Tests of quantum electrodynamics (2) 

May 13  L08 (T): Symmetries

May 18  L09 (E): Tests of discrete symmetries

May 20  L10 (T): Non-abelian gauge theory and weak interactions

May 25                no lecture

May 27  L11 (T): Electroweak symmetry breaking

June 01               public holiday - no lecture

June 03 L13 (E): Electroweak precision tests (1)

June 08 L14 (E): Electroweak precision tests (2)

June 10 L12 (T): Electroweak physics at high energies

                            extra material

June 15 L15 (T): Higgs production at the Large Hadron Collider

                            extra material

June 17 L16 (E): Higgs phenomenology (1)      (Video)

June 19 L17 (E): Higgs phenomenology (2)     (Video)

June 22 L18 (T): Quark flavor physics

                            extra material

June 24 L19 (E): Tests of flavor mixing and CP violation

June 29 L20 (T): Lepton flavor physics

July 01  L21 (E): Neutrinos and lepton flavor violation

July 06  L22 (T): Quantum chromodynamics (1)

                            extra material

July 08  L23 (T): Quantum chromodynamics (2)

July 13  L24 (T): Quantum chromodynamics (3)

July 15  L25 (E): Quantum chromodynamics at colliders (1)

July 20  L26 (E): Quantum chromodynamics at colliders (2)

July 22  L27 (T): Beyond the standard model

                           extra material

July 27 & 29       exam period - no lectures



Bjorken, Drell: Relativistische Quantenmechanik (in German)
Peskin, Schröder: An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
Itzykson, Zuber: Quantum Field Theory
Schwartz: Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model
Langacker: The Standard Model and Beyond
Cottingham, Greenwood: An Introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics
Willenbrock: Symmetries of the Standard Model
Barger, Philips: Collider Physics
Halzen, Martin: Quarks and Leptons
Grossman: Introduction to flavor physics
Georgi: Lie algebras in particle physics
Ch. Berger: Elementary Particle Physics
P.Schmüser: Feynman Graphen und Eichtheorien (German)



This course is a specialisation course for master students. It is assumed that you have successfully completed the PEP4 bachelor course (or equivalent). In addition you should have taken at least one (better both) of the follwoing courses: Particle Physics and Quantum Field Theory I.


Lectures on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:15 - 11:00 (starting April 20):
access code: 642346

Backup: In case of problems with heiCONF we will turn to ZOOM (Room Physik 2):

Meeting-ID: 810 475 9006
Passwort: 016090

Tutorial 1 on Tuesdays, 14:15 - 16:00 (starting April 21):
access code: 984886

Backup: In case of problems with heiCONF we will turn to ZOOM (Room Physik 5):

Meeting-ID: 314 117 7797
Passwort: 334833

Tutorial 2 on Wednesdays, 14:15 - 16:00 (starting April 22):
access code: 259929

Backup: In case of problems with heiCONF we will turn to ZOOM (Room Physik 5):

Meeting-ID: 314 117 7797
Passwort: 334833

Tutorial 3 on Wednesdays, 14:15 - 16:00 (starting April 29):
access Code: 031081

Backup: In case of problems with heiCONF we will turn to ZOOM (Room Physik 9):

Meeting ID: 650 612 5613
Passwort: 699394

Online access:

All lectures and exercises will take place online. We will use the conference software heiCONF. Please connect yourself a few minutes ahead of time by entering the corresponding hyperlink in your web browser. Then enter your name and the access code to join the meeting.

During the meeting, please make sure to mute your microphone through the blue button at the bottom of the screen, unless you are called to speak.

If you encounter connection problems, please report them to us by email.

You can find more information about heiCONF here (in German):


Trouble with your connection?

Connection problems:

  • Test different browsers. heiCONF works best with the latest version of Firefox.
  • Restarting your browser and deleting cookies was reported to help. Especially in case that permissions (e.g. for microphone) were wrongly setup.

Sound problems:

  • If you hear an echo when you speak, adjust your microphone to a lower volume in your computer settings.


Each Monday you will find a new exercise sheet on this website, starting on April 20. You have one week to solve the exercises. Please send your solution until the Monday of the following week to your tutor by email in one single PDF file:

Ilaria Brivio:

Sebastian Bruggisser:

Karla Tame Narvaez:

Each student needs to hand in their own solution, even if you have solved the exercises in a team. We encourage and expect you to actively take part in the tutorials. Each week your tutor will select a few of you to present their solutions to the other students.

The first tutorials will take place on Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22. Your tutor will give you an introduction to important general concepts you will need for the lectures. There will also be time to discuss questions your might have.

To connect among yourselves to work on the exercise sheets, check out these free online tools that the university provides for you:

Practice groups

  • Group 01 (Ilaria Brivio)
    18 participants
    Philos.-weg 12 / R 070, Tue 14:15 - 16:00
  • Group 02 (Sebastian Bruggisser)
    17 participants
    Philos.-weg 12 / R 056, Wed 14:15 - 16:00
  • Group 03 (Karla Tame Narvaez)
    11 participants
    Philos.-weg 12 / R 060, Wed 14:15 - 16:00
Standard Model of Particle Physics
summer term 2020
Westhoff, Schöning
Link zum LSF
46 participants