Minho Aveiro Porto
  • Experimental Particle and Astroparticle Physics
Universidade do Minho
Universidade de Aveiro
Universidade do Porto

Curricular Unit

Advanced Physics Topics 1


Experimental Particle and Astroparticle Physics , Advanced Analysis Methods, Top quark physics, Standard model and beyond (EPAP)


Lecture course

Contact hours

20 (12 T, 8 p)

Professor/Researcher in charge

Juan Antonio Aguilar –Saavedra, Antonio Onofre, Nuno Castro U. Minho

Summary of Contents

This course involves the study of advanced analysis methods for PhD students within the field of Particle Physics. Following a theoretical revision on the current status of top quark physics, several applications are discussed. During the course, students are expected to be able to perform simple theoretical calculations related to top quark physics and explore the physics of its decay. The interplay between the top quark physics and the recently discovered Higgs boson is exercised as an application. Students are expected to analyse dedicated samples of ttH Monte Carlo events (with an hands-on approach). A production cross section limit at the LHC is extracted using advanced statistical tools.


Students are expected to follow at least 2/3 of the lectures, in both topologies i.e., Theoretical (T) and Theoretical-Pratical (TP). The grading plan involves attendance and participation in discussions, individual and team work as well as a final exam.

Coursework will be weighted as follows:



Individual/Team work




Final Exam