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QCD and Collider Physics

Module NAT3003

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

NAT3003 is a semester module in language at which is offered irregularly.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Specialization Modules in Elite-Master Program Theoretical and Mathematical Physics (TMP)

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 45 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module NAT3003 is Lorenzo Tancredi.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This course provides an introduction to Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) focusing on its pertubative aspects and on applications to the physics of hadron colliders like the LHC. The main topics covered will be:

  1. The QCD Lagrangian, quantization and Feynman rules 
  2. Asymptotic freedom and the QCD beta function, the idea of factorization
  3. Parton evolution and Parton distributions functions (PDFs)
  4. Partonic cross-section at Leading Order (LO)
  5. One-loop scattering amplitudes and one-loop Feynman integrals
  6. Infrared singularities and NLO calculations in collinear factorization
  7. Basics of resummation
  8. If time permits: basics of parton showers

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of the module the students are able to understand and model processes that happen at hadronic colliders. For example the students will be able to

  1. Compute tree-level and one-loop amplitudes in QCD
  2. Describe the parton model and parton evolution in perturbative QCD
  3. Describe the pattern of infrared singularities in QCD up to NLO
  4. Model the transverse momentum distribution of a colorless final state at the LHC 


The course will assume some familiarity with standard ideas described in Quantum Field Theory 1 (Feynman rules in QED, basics of scattering amplitudes and cross-sections)

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 QCD and Collider Physics Tancredi, L. Thu, 08:00–10:00, PH 3344
UE 1 Exercise to QCD and Collider Physics
Responsible/Coordination: Tancredi, L.
dates in groups

Learning and Teaching Methods

Blackboard frontal lectures and tutorials


Blackboard lectures, possibly but not necessarily with use of slides to show complicated results


  • Lectures on LHC Physics, T. Plehn,
  • QCD and Collider Physics, R.K. Ellis, W.J. Stirling and B.R. Webber
  • Quantum Chromodynamics, G. Dissertori, I.G. Knowles, M. Schmelling
  • Collider Physics within the Standard Model, G. Altarelli

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

no info

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

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