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Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics 1

Module PH0014

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 2022/3 (current)

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

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2022/3WS 2020/1WS 2019/20WS 2018/9WS 2017/8WS 2016/7WS 2010/1

Basic Information

PH0014 is a semester module in German language at which is offered in winter semester.

This module description is valid from WS 2022/3 .

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
240 h 90 h 8 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH0014 is Peter Fierlinger.

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

After the successful completion of the module, students have structured knowledge about the basic concepts of Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics and are able to understand the science case and the technical details of modern experiments in particle physics. They have basic knowledge about fundamental particles and their interactions as well as about systems that consist of several fundamental particles (Mesons, Baryons and nuclei). They are able to apply the theoretical concepts of the standard model of particle physics to basic phenomena.


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

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Please keep in mind that course announcements are regularly only completed in the semester before.

Learning and Teaching Methods

In the thematically structured lecture the learning content is presented via ex-cathedra teaching using instructive examples. The students are encouraged to engage in scientific discussions, to revisit the learning content themselves and to work through the textbooks mentioned in the section "Literature". Cross references to physical principles taught earlier help the students to grasp the universal concepts of physics.

The tutorial is held in small groups. The students are asked to work out the solutions to the weekly problem sets themselves at home before coming to the tutorial. In this way the students can control and deepen their understanding of the methods and concepts presented in the lecture. During the tutorial solutions to the weekly problem set are presented by the students and the tutor. The tutorial provides room for discussions and additional explanations to the lectures, prepares for the problems of the exam and rehearses the specific competencies.

The different teaching formats are closely intertwined and the lecturers are in constant exchange.


Blackboard or presentation,
Example videos (partly as downloads),
Lecture notes (partly as downloads),
Problem sets and solutions (as 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 exercise classes 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.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Exam to Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics 1
Fri, 2021-03-05, 11:30 till 13:00 00.02.001
MI: 00.02.001
till 2021-01-15 (cancelation of registration till 2021-02-26)
Thu, 2021-04-01, 11:30 till 13:00 CH: 21010
till 2021-03-22 (cancelation of registration till 2021-03-25)
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