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Testing the Standard Model of Particle Physics 1

Module PH2044

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 2010/1

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

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2022/3WS 2021/2WS 2020/1WS 2019/20WS 2018/9WS 2017/8WS 2010/1

Basic Information

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 workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 75 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2044 in the version of WS 2010/1 was 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

Learning Outcome

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

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lectures with integrated tutorials,
tutorials optional (2SWS)


Script will be distributed.


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.

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.

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.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Exam to Testing the Standard Model of Particle Physics 1
Mon, 2022-09-19 Dummy-Termin. Wenden Sie sich zur individuellen Terminvereinbarung an die/den Prüfer(in). Anmeldung für Prüfungstermin zwischen Mo, 19.09.2022 und Sa, 22.10.2022. Die Lehrveranstaltungen des Moduls fanden im WS 2021/2 statt. // Dummy date. Contact examiner for individual appointment. Registration for exam date between Mon, 2022-09-19 and Sat, 2022-10-22. The courses of this module where offered in WS 2021/2. till 2022-09-18
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