Theoretical Particle Physics

Module PH1005

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 SS 2016 (current)

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

available module versions
SS 2016WS 2013/4WS 2010/1

Basic Information

PH1005 is a semester module in English or German language at Master’s level which is offered irregular.

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

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses 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)
300 h 100 h 10 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH1005 is Antonio Vairo.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


  • Construction, structure and symmetries of the Standard Model of Particle Physics
  • Electroweak symmetry breaking and Higgs physics
  • Quantumchromodynamics and elementary strong interaction processes
  • Flavour physics and flavor mixing
  • Elements of neutrino physics
  • Overview of physics beyond the Standard Model

Learning Outcome

After taking part in this course the student has acquired an overview of the most important aspects of the standard model of theoretical particle physics and its problems, and acquired the tools to start a master work in theoretical particle physics with emphasis on phenomenology.


Relativity, Particles and Fields and Quantum Field Theory or equivalent.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 6 Theoretical Particle Physics Vairo, A. Dienstag, 10:00–12:00
Donnerstag, 08:30–10:00
sowie einzelne oder verschobene Termine
sowie Termine in Gruppen

Learning and Teaching Methods

The course is accompanied by homework problems.


Blackboard, possibly supplemented with slides.


  • B. Martin and G. Shaw, Particle Physics, Wiley, 2008.
  • D. Griffith, Introduction to Elementary Particle, Wiley-VCH 2008.
  • F. Halzen and A. Martin, Quarks and Leptons: An Introductory Course in Modern Particle Physics, 1984, John Wiley and Sons
  • O. Nachtmann, Elementary Particle Physics, Springer-Verlag 1990.
  • M. Peskin and D. Schroeder, An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Addison Wesley, 1995.
  • C. Burgess and G. Moore, The Standard Model: A Primer, Cambridge University Press 2007
  • J. F. Donoghue, E. Golowich, and B. R. Holstein, Dynamics of the standard model, vol. 2, Camb. Monogr. Part. Phys. Nucl. Phys. Cosmol., 1992.
  • T. Cheng, L. Li, Gauge Theory of Elementary Particle Physics, Oxford University Press, 1985.
  • R. K. Ellis, W. J. Stirling, B.R. Webber, QCD and Collider Physics, Camb. Monogr. Part. Phys. Nucl. Phys. Cosmol., 1996

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In a written exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

There will be a bonus (one intermediate stepping of "0,3" to the better grade) on passed module exams (4,3 is not upgraded to 4,0) if the student reaches at least 50% of the points in the exercise sheets.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

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