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Fields, Symmetry and Quantum Phenomena

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

Content

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 October 16.

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

Topics (winter term 2018/2019)

Path integral representation and meta-stability in quantum mechanics

Casimir effect and renormalization in quantum mechanics

Anharmonic oszillator, divergence of the perturbation expansion and Borel summation

Dirac, Weyl, and Majorana fermions in condensed matter systems

Superconductivity and spontaneous gauge symmetry breaking

Neutrino oscillations

Non-linear systems and chaos

Supersymmetry: Multiplets and the Wess-Zumino model

Quantisation of a string (string theory)

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.

Preconditions

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

Media

Usually blackboard presentation, reading of scientific literature

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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