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 regularly offered in summer semester as well as in winter 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
Particle identification with the ATLAS detector at the LHC
Energy and momentum measurement 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  a (Higgs) boson at the LHC
Measurement of the properties of the new (Higgs) boson                                                                                          Search  for Higgs bosons in the minimal supersymmetric extension of the Standard Model
B meson physics at the LHC
Top quark physics at the LHC
Searches for supersymmetric particles                                                                                                                           Search for Dark matter particles at the LHC                                                                                                                  Searches for new heavy resonances
Search for the effects of large extra dimensions at the LHC

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the Module the student will be able to

  1. understand the concepts and functionality of modern particle detector systems at high-energy colliders,
  2. understand the principles and open questions of the Standard Model of particle physics and its supersymmetric extensions,
  3. understand the methods of data analysis and the main physics topics of hadron collider experiments,
  4. independently study a selected topic of modern physics in depth and present it comprehensively in English language.


Keine Vorkenntnisse nötig, die über die Zulassungsvoraussetzungen zum Masterstudium hinausgehen.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

lecture preparation and presentation, beamer presentation, board work, discussion


complementary literature


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 seminar organizer.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Exam typedurationexam elementsrepetition
immanenter Prüfungscharakter Presentation
following semester

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