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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.

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 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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