12th Course on Physics at the LHC 2023

Conference Room (LIP)

Conference Room (LIP)


This is the 12th edition of a specialized course on the Physics at the Large Hadron Collider. It is organized by LIP in the framework of the International Doctorate Network in Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology (IDPASC). The course is intended for under-graduate or graduate students with basic training in Particle Physics. The objective of the Course is to introduce the physics, analysis methods and results on the physics areas covered by the LHC experiments.

Lectures will take place in person at LIP (in "sala Seminarios"). A Zoom link is provided to connect remotely. 


  • Experimental program at the LHC
  • Standard Model at the LHC
  • Detectors
  • Statistics
  • Top quark physics
  • Higgs Physics
  • SuperSymmetry
  • Exotic processes and Dark Matter
  • Heavy flavor physics and rare decays searches
  • Matter at high density and temperature


WHOM is this course for?

For anyone with a basic course on particle physics and/or to be familiar with the basics of physics.

Required background
Attendees are expected to have followed a basic course on particle physics and/or to be familiar with the following topics:

  • Basic concepts Elementary constituents of matter and interactions. Quantum numbers and conservation rules. Spin and symmetry groups. Relativistic kinematics. Cross-section. Natural units. Mass and lifetime. Resonances.
  • Structure of matter Elastic scattering and form factors. Inelastic scattering experiments. Nucleon structure functions. Scale invariance. Quark model. Parton distribution functions. Introduction to QCD.
  • Fundamental interactions Introduction to QED. Fermi interaction. Parity violation. Currents V-A and weak doblets. W and Z bosons. Cabibbo angle. Neutral currents. Electroweak interaction. Gauge symmetries. The Higgs mechanism. Weinberg-Salam model. CP violation.

Students are recommended to refresh their knowledge in particle physics prior to the Course. Suggested bibliography:

  • F. Halzen and A.D.Martin, ' Quarks and Leptons ', John Wiley and Sons (1991)
  • D. Griffiths, ' Introduction to Elementary Particles ', John Wiley and Sons (1987)
  • B.R.Martin, G. Shaw, ' Particle Physics ', John Wiley and Sons (2008)
  • D. Perkins, `Introduction to High Energy Physics', Cambridge University Press (2000)

The registration for the Course is free but mandatory.

A certificate will be delivered after the Course upon regular attendance and successful final examination.

The content of the Course may be updated as a result of possible discoveries at LHC during the Course duration.


Zoom Meeting ID: 668 4696 8788

Passcode: 87654321

Zoom URL: https://cern.zoom.us/j/66846968788?pwd=N3R5c3k2M3N1NE9WaXFreXBFVDhqQT09


All lectures will start at 5pm (Lisbon time), unless otherwise stated. Please note that Lisbon is one hour behind CET.

Registration for the course on Physics at the LHC 2023