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SCP7081703, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC2382, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ASTROPARTICLE PHYSICS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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Teacher in charge FRANCESCO D'ERAMO FIS/02

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines FIS/02 Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Models and Methods 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: It is suggested to take the following courses in the first semester: Theoretical Physics, Theoretical Physics of Fundamental Interactions and General Relativity.
Target skills and knowledge: In this course, we will highlight the synergy between studies of the largest and smallest observable length scales. As we will see throughout the lectures, the tools we developed by investigating Nature at the smallest observable length scales allowed us to come to a consistent picture of the Universe. According to such a picture, the fundamental constituents are baryons, dark matter, and dark energy, supplemented by initial conditions determined by an early epoch of inflation. However, many questions are still unanswered. The aim of this course is to make students aware of such issues, review the most common solutions and potentially discuss novel ideas suited for a master thesis project.
Examination methods: Oral Exam.
Assessment criteria: The oral exam will establish the degree of understanding of the material covered in class and the ability to expose it in a logical and coherent manner.
Course unit contents: 1) Symmetries and Conserved Quantities in the Standard Model of Particle Physics

2) Particle Physics in the Expanding Universe

3) Energy Budget of our Universe

4) Big Bang Nucleosynthesis as a Probe for Physics Beyond the Standard Model

5) Particle Physics Models for Baryogenesis

6) Dark Matter Genesis in the Early Universe

7) Inflation and its Role in Dark Matter Genesis

8) Dark Matter Particle Candidates

9) Cosmic Rays

10) Experimental Searches for Dark Matter

11) Stars as Particle Physics Laboratories
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Blackboard lectures.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The students will be provided with notes on each topic discussed during the course. Moreover, in each chapter of the notes there will be a reference to the literature that inspired the discussion in class.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Perkins, Donald H., Particle astrophysicsD.H. Perkins. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Bergstrom, Lars; Goobar, Ariel, Cosmology and particle astrophysicsLars Bergstrom, Ariel Goobar. Berlin [etc.]: Springer, --.
  • Kolb, Edward; Turner, Michael, Early Universe. New York: Westview Press, 1994. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Profumo, Stefano, An introduction to particle dark matterStefano Profumo. New Jersey: World Scientific, 2017.
  • Raffelt, Georg, Stars as Laboratories for Fundamental Physics. --: The University of Chicago Press Book, 1996. Cerca nel catalogo