FYSS4551 Ultra-relativistic Heavy Ion Physics (7 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Physics
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023


  • Goals of the experiments

  • Quark-Gluon Plasma, QGP

  • Detectors in (relativistic heavy ion) experiments

  • Beam facilities, operation principles of accelerators

Heavy-ion physics program
  • Comparison to physics in proton-proton and e+e- collisions

  • Flow harmonics and hydrodynamics

  • pQCD and Fragmentation

  • Jet quenching

  • Chiral Magnetic Effect

  • QGP in small systems, particularly proton-lead or proton-proton

Programming materials for few topics are prepared. Students who are interested in learning physics with programming can be guided.

Learning outcomes

  • After the course, a student is able to describe the main goals of the relativistic heavy ion collisions. She knows the basic principles of the measurement techniques used in the major detectors and accelerators related with the research, particularly LHC.

  • Student familiarizes himself to timely research topics and can explain them to his peers.

  • Student learns how to find scientific articles from the field and gets used in reading articles. She will enforce her learning strategies.

  • He will develop communication and presentation skills through weekly poster sessions and peer group working. 

Description of prerequisites

Basics of particle and statistical physics, particularly elementary particles and basic interactions, foundations of Quantum Chromo Dynamics (QCD), parton model, baryons, concept of cross sections and different cross sections in particle physics, hard (partonic) processes, relativistic kinematics, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics. 

Study materials

  • Lectures and lecture material in moodle.jyu.fi

  • Printed articles will be provided for reading circles 

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
50 % from weekly poster sessions, 20 % of project work, 20 % for reading circles, and 10 % of the final report.
Time of teaching:
Period 4, Period 3
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Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (7 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Evaluation criteria:
50 % from weekly poster sessions, 20 % of project work, 20 % for reading circles, and 10 % of the final report.
Study methods:
  • Independent use of www lectures and material

  • Making and presenting a poster each week in group based on what has been learned

  • One or two project works in group (presentation or poster)

  • One final report in the end of the lecture.