Theoretical Particle Physics: Fields, Symmetries and Quantum Phenomena
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.
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 workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|120 h||90 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 first-semester master students.
Tuesday, 16.30-18.00h, room 3343. A short introduction to the topics and the assignment of topics will take place on October 13.
Topics (winter term 2015/2016)
Path integral representation of quantum mechanics
Elementary quantisation of the electromagnetic field and lifetime
of the hydrogen 2p level
Divergence of the perturbation expansion in quantum mechanics, Borel summation, resurgent series
Metastable states in quantum mechanics
Quantum mechanics at finite temperature (Matsubara formalism)
Dirac/Majorana fermions, neutrino oscillations in vacuum
Landau-Zener theory, neutrino oscillations in matter
Topological defects: Monopoles and domain walls
Representation of symmetry groups, example of rotations
Spontaneous symmetry breaking and Goldstone bosons
Pions and the non-linear sigma model
Supersymmetry, multiplets, Wess-Zumino model
Quantisation of the scalar field in time-dependent backgrounds:
particle production through pre-heating
Generation of primordial cosmological perturbations in the curvature
After successful participation in the module the student can use the basic methods of literature retrieval, condense their knowlegde from scientific papers into a presentation and obtain presentation skills.
They have learned about recent topics in the field of research.
Quantenmechanik, wenn möglich (aber nicht zwingend) Quantenmechanik II und/oder Relativität, Teilchen Felder
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|HS||2||Theoretical Particle Physics: Fields, Symmetries and Quantum Phenomena||Beneke, M. Garbrecht, B. Weiler, A.||
|UE||4||Preparation of Student Seminar Theoretical Particle Physics: Fields, Symmetries and Quantum Phenomena||Beneke, M. Garbrecht, B. Weiler, A.|
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 specificallz for a given topic