Testing the Standard Model of Particle Physics 1
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 WS 2018/9 (current)
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
|available module versions|
|WS 2018/9||WS 2017/8||WS 2010/1|
PH2044 is a semester module in German or 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.
- Specific catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses 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 workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||60 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2044 is Hubert Kroha.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
Two-semester course, continuation in the following summer semester:
1. The Standard Model of particle physics
1.1 Principles of Quantum Field Theory
1.2 Symmetry Groups, gauge symmetries and interactions
1.3 The fundamental forces and their unification
1.4 The origin of particle masses - the Higgs mechanism
1.5 Perturbation theory and Feynman graphs
2. Experimental tests of the Standard Model
2.1 Precision measurements of the electroweak interaction
2.2 Physics at the Large Hadron Collider
2.3 Search for the Higgs boson
With the successful participation in this module the student achieves in-depth understanding of the principles of the Standard Model of particle physics with particular emphasis on
- the role of local gauge symmetries in the description of the fundamental interactions,
- the generation of elementary particle masses through spontaneous gauge symmetry breaking and the Higgs mechanism,
- relating theory and experiment using perturbation theory and Feynman diagrams,
- the principles and successes, but also the limitations and possible extensions of the Standard Model
as well as comprehensive overview of the current main topics, experiments and results of modern particle physics with emphasis on
- the precision measurements of the electroweak interaction by the LEP, Tevatron and LHC experiments,
- current topics and results of the LHC experiments at the highest energies,
- measurements of the CP violation in B meson decays and search for rare decays at B factories and at the LHC,
- measurements of neutrino oscillations and masses,
- search for new phenomena beyond the Standard Model: Grand Unification of all interactions, supersymmetric particles, Dark Matter,
- concepts and functionality of modern particle physics experiments.
No requirements in addition to admission to the master studies.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Testing the Standard Model of Elementary Particle Physics 1||Kroha, H.||
Thu, 14:00–16:00, PH II 127
|UE||2||Exercise to Testing the Standard Model of Elementary Particle Physics 1||Kroha, H.||dates in groups|
Learning and Teaching Methods
In the lectures, the contents are presented according to topics. The basic concepts of the Standard Model of particle physics and the major experimental tests of the theoretical predictions up to the latest experiments and measurement results are explained. Special emphasis is put on the discussion of the findings with the students in order to deepen the understanding of the principles of the theory and the interconnection with the experimental tests.
In the tutorials, the understanding of the concepts widened by discussing problems and additional applications enabling the students to explain the contents and apply them in a different context.
Lectures with integrated tutorials and script. The tutorials are optional for deepening and widening of the acquired knowledge. The script is handed out for the lectures.
- B. Povh, K. Rith, Ch. Scholz, F. Zetsche: Teilchen und Kerne, Springer, 1997.
- Ch. Berger: Elementarteilchenphysik, Springer, 2002.
- P. Schmueser: Feynmangraphen und Eichtheorien fuer Experimentalphysiker, Springer, 1995.
- I. J. R. Aitchison, A. J. G. Hey: Gauge Theories in Particle Physics, Vol. 1, Institute of Physics Publishing, 2002.
- W. Greiner, B. Mueller: Quantum Mechanics - Symmetries, Springer, 2. Auflage, 1994.
Description of exams and course work
There will be an oral exam of about 30 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using comprehension questions, discussions of sketches and simple formulae.
For example an assignment in the exam might be:
- Which are the fundamental particles and forces described by the Standard Model?
- Which is the common symmetry principle of the fundamental interactions?
- What are the consequences of the symmetries for the force mediating particles?
- What is the role of the Higgs boson in the standard model and what is known experimentally about its properties?
- Which experiments and measurements test the predictions of the standard model in higher orders of the perturbations theory?
Participation in the tutorials is strongly recommended since the exercises prepare for the problems of the exam and rehearse the specific competencies.
Remarks on associated module exams
The exam for this module can be taken together with the exam to the associated follow-up module PH2045: Tests des Standardmodells der Teilchenphysik 2 / Testing the Standard Model of Particle Physics 2 after the follwoing semester. In this case you need to register for both exams in the following semester.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.