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Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics 1

Module PH0014 [KTA Expert 1]

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.

Module version of WS 2016/7

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

available module versions
WS 2018/9WS 2017/8WS 2016/7WS 2010/1

Basic Information

PH0014 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in winter semester.

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

  • Mandatory Modules in Bachelor Programme Physics (5th Semester, Specialization KTA)

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
270 h 90 h 9 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH0014 in the version of WS 2016/7 was Bastian Märkisch.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Experimental Basics

  • Principles of particle accelerators
  • Detectors in nuclear- and particle physics

Theoretical Concepts

  • Symmetries
  • Scattering and cross sections
  • Klein-Gordon- and Dirac equations
  • Basics of Quantum-Electro-Dynamics

Electromagnetic Interactions

  • Electron scattering and form factors
  • Deep inelastic scattering and structure functions
  • Parton model

Strong Interaction

  • Basics of group theory
  • Basics of Quantum-Chromo-Dynamics
  • Composition and properties of hadrons
  • Standard Model and Higgs mechanism
  • Ideas of Physics beyond the Standard Model

Learning Outcome

Nach der erfolgreichen Teilnahme an dem Modul verfügen die Studierenden strukturiertes Wissen über die Grundlagen der Kern-, Teilchen- und Astrophysik und sind in der Lage die Funktionsweise und Fragestellungen moderner Teilchenphysik-Experimente zu verstehen. Sie verfügen über grundlegende Kenntnisse der elementaren Bestandteile der Materie und ihrer Wechselwirkungen, sowie zusammengesezten Systemen wie Mesonen, Baryonen und Kernen. Sie sind desweiteren in der Lage die theoretischen Grundlagen des Standardmodells der Teilchenphysik auf einfache Phänomene anzuwenden.


PH0001, PH0002, PH0003, PH0004, PH0005, PH0006, PH0007

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Vorlesung: Frontalunterricht
Übung: Arbeitsunterricht (Übungsaufgaben rechnen), Diskussionen und weitergehende Erläuterungen zum Vorlesungsstoff


Tafelanschrieb bzw. Präsentation,
Beispielvideos (z.T. zum Download),
Vorlesungsmitschrift z.T. zum Download,
Übungsaufgaben (Fallbeispiele) und Lösungen zum Download


B. Povh, K. Rith, C. Scholz, F. Zetsche, W. Rodejohann, Teilchen und Kerne (Springer 2013)
B.R. Martin and G. Shaw, Particle Physics (Wiley 2008)
C. Berger, Elementarteilchenphysik: Von den Grundlagen zu den modernen Experimenten (Springer-Lehrbuch, 2014)

F. Halzen and A. D. Martin Quarks and Leptons: an Introductory Course in Modern Particle Physics
O. Nachtmann, Elementary Particle Physics: Concepts and Phenomena (Springer)
J.F. Donoghue, E.Golowich and B.R.Holstein, Dynamics of the Standard Model
C.Quigg, Gauge Theories of the Strong, Weak, and Electromagnetic Interactions

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

There will be a written exam of 90 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using calculation problems and comprehension questions.

For example an assignment in the exam might be:

  • Calculate the energy of an electron beam for the creation of W bosons in a fixed-target experiment.
  • Give the gauge symmetries of the standard model and the corresponding charges.
  • Plot the Feynman diagram for myon decay.
  • Give four conceptually different free parameters in the standard model.

Participation in the tutorials is strongly recommended since the exercises prepare for the problems of the exam and rehearse the specific competencies.

Exam Repetition

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

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