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Fields, Symmetry and Quantum Phenomena for M.Sc. Students

Module PH1415

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

PH1415 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in 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 30 h 4 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH1415 is Martin Beneke.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Seminar talks by students on current topics in theoretical particle physics with focus on classic and phenomena and effects, which are important for the understanding of particle and quantum physics. The seminar is suited for third-year bachelor students and first-semester master students.

Tuesday, 12.15-13.45h, room 3344. A short introduction to the topics and the assignment of topics will take place on Tuesday, October 15.

The topics listed below cover two seminar dates and will be assigned to two students each.

Topics (winter term 2019/2020)

Casimir effect and renormalization in quantum mechanics

Anharmonic oszillator, divergence of the perturbation expansion and Borel summation

Euler-Heisenberg Lagrangian and pair production in strong fields

Quantun computing

Quantization of a scalar field in curved space-time and Unruh-Effekt

Supersymmetry: Multiplets and the Wess-Zumino model

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the module the student can use the basic methods of literature retrieval, condense their knowledge from scientific papers into a presentation and obtain presentation skills.

They have learned about recent topics in the field of research.


Quantum physics, Quantum Mechanics II and/or Relativity, Particles, Fields are helpful

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Preparation, presentation and discussion of a scientific subject, reading of scientific literature


Usually blackboard presentation, reading of scientific literature


Text books, original papers, selected specifically for a given topic

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.

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