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Cryogenic Detectors for Neutrinos and Dark Matter for M.Sc. Students

Module PH1536

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

PH1536 is a semester module in language at which is offered irregularly.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of student seminars for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
  • Catalogue of student seminars for Applied and Engineering 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 60 h 4 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH1536 is Raimund Strauß.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This proseminar will give an introduction to the principles of cryogenic detectors operated at mK temperatures and their application in modern astroparticle physics. Seminar talks on the topic will be prepared by Master and PhD students. The presentations will cover the following topics: - Fundamental aspects of cryogenic detectors - Cryogenic experiments for the direct search for Dark Matter - Cryogenic experiments for neutrino-less double beta decay - Cryogenic experiments for coherent neutrino nucleus scattering - Cryogenic neutrino-mass experiments - Cryostats: New generation dilution refrigerators - Application of cryogenic detectors

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the proseminar the student will have learned:

  1. basic methods of literature retrieval
  2. the ability to condense their knowledge from scientific papers into a presentation
  3. presentation skills for science and industry
  4. about principles of cryogenic detections and their application in modern astroparticle physics experiments


No preconditions beyond the basic knowledge of nuclear-, particle-, and astro-physics (KTA). Engagement.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

HS 2 Cryogenic Detectors for Neutrinos and Dark Matter Strauß, R. Tue, 11:15–12:45, virtuell
and singular or moved dates
RE 2 Revision Course to Cryogenic Detectors for Neutrinos and Dark Matter
Responsible/Coordination: Strauß, R.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Note: Kick-off seminar will be on TUESDAY May 11th at 11:15 The following seminars will be held TUESDAYS at 11:15 Preparation and presentation of a scientific talk, beamer presentation, presentation at blackboard, discussions with advisors, literature studies.


Presentation materials, complementary literature.


Specialized literature to the individual topics of the seminar talks will be provided, additional independent literature search recommended.

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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