Physics at the Large Hadron Collider

Module PH1310

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

PH1310 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.

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

  • Catalogue of student seminars for the Bachelor's programme Physics
  • Catalogue of student seminars for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
120 h 40 h 4 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH1310 is Hubert Kroha.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Introductory and topical talks about the physics topics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) including

- the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC),
- particle identification with the ATLAS detector at the LHC
- precise measurement of energy and momentum of particles in the ATLAS experiment,
- the Higgs mechanism in the Standard Model of particle physics,
- supersymmetric extensions of the Standard Model,
- the discovery of the Higgs boson at the LHC,
- measurements of the properties of the new (Higgs) boson,
- search for additional Higgs bosons in extensions of the Standard Model,
- B-meson physics and measurements of CP symmetry violation at the LHC,
- physics of the top quark,
- searches for supersymmetric particles,>br /> - searches for Dark Matter particles at the LHC,
- searches for new heavy resonances,
- searches for effects of large extra dimensions at the LHC.

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the Module the student will understand

1. the concepts and functionality of modern detector systems for particle physics,

2. the principles and open questions of the Standard Model of particle physics and its possible extensions,

3. the data analysis methods and main physics topics of hadron collider experiments and

4. have the ability to independently study a selected topic of modern physics in depth and present it comprehensively in English language.


No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

requirements: regular participation and own presentation in English language,
independent study of a current topic of modern particle physics,
learning of presentation techniques and of giving talks in English language,
lecture preparation and presentation with beamer, participation in discussion and answering questions.


Beamer presentation


The ATLAS Collaboration:
The ATLAS Experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, 2008 JINST 3 S08003, 2008; Expected Performance of the ATLAS Experiment, Vol. I-III, CERN-OPEN-2008-020, December 2008.
The CMS Collaboration:
CMS Physics Technical Design Report, Vol.I, CERN-LHCC-2006-001, February 2006, Vol.II, CERN-LHCC-2006-021, June 2006.
Lecture Notes of the European School of High-Energy Physics, CERN Yellow Reports,
Special literature for each topic provided by the tutor.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In the course of the seminar each student individually prepares a talk on a topic of current research. Based on this talk the learning outcome is tested.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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