Theoretical Particle Physics 2

Module PH2039

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.

Module version of SS 2013 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

available module versions
SS 2013SS 2010

Basic Information

PH2039 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

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

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses 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)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2039 is Björn Garbrecht.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Special and advanced topics in theoretical particle physics among: strong interactions (e.g. factorization, jet physics, effective field theories), electroweak interactions (e.g. Higgs-physics), flavour physics (e.g. some decays, flavor mixing, neutrinos), beyond the Standard Model.

Learning Outcome

After taking part in this course the student acquires  an overview of the most important open problems in theoretical particle physics and has the tools to start a master work in theoretical particle physics.


The participants should have taken:

 -Quantum Field Theory 1

 -Elementary Particle Physics 1

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 3 Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics 2 Garbrecht, B. einzelne oder verschobene Termine
sowie Termine in Gruppen

Learning and Teaching Methods

Blackboard presentation, slides, computer projection, individual and group exercises.


blackboard, slides.


Standard books for particle physics, e.g.:

Cheng & Li "Gauge Theory of Elementary Particle Physics";

Ellis, Stirling & Webber "QCD and Collider Physics";

Muta "Foundations of Chromodynamics";
Halzen & Martin "Quarks and Leptons: An Introductory Course in Modern Particle Physics";
Peskin & Schroeder "An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory";
Georgi "Lie Algebras in Particle Physics: From Isospin to Unified Theories";

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

Condensed Matter

When atoms interact things can get interesting. Fundamental research on the underlying properties of materials and nanostructures and exploration of the potential they provide for applications.

Nuclei, Particles, Astrophysics

A journey of discovery to understanding our world at the subatomic scale, from the nuclei inside atoms down to the most elementary building blocks of matter. Are you ready for the adventure?


Biological systems, from proteins to living cells and organisms, obey physical principles. Our research groups in biophysics shape one of Germany's largest scientific clusters in this area.