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

Module PH1498

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

PH1498 is a semester module in English language at Bachelor’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 the Bachelor's programme Physics

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 PH1498 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.

A short introduction to the topics and the assignment of topics will take place at the first date.

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

Topics (Winter term 2021/2022):

Instantons, solitons and the path integral

Topological defects in quantum mechanics and/or quantum field theory

Lamb shift from effective theory

Anyons and spin in arbitrary dimensions

Large order perturbative expansions in quantum mechanics, Borel summation, transseries

Quantization of scalar fields in curved backgrounds, Unruh effect

Hawking radiation

Learning Outcome

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.


Quantum physics

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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