Particle Physics with Neutrons 1

Module PH2066

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

PH2066 is a semester module in German 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.

  • 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 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2066 is Bastian Märkisch.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This lecture provides an overview of the field of particle physics with neutrons. The introductory part deals with the interaction of neutrons with matter. Sources of neutrons, cold and ultra-cold neutrons, as well as instrumentation and the necessary knowledge are explained. In the following, the role of neutrons in the particle and astrophysics will be discussed. Here, the standard model of particle physics is treated with emphasis Neutron Physics and  experiments to test the Standard Model of particle physics are presented, such as the measurement of lifetime and decay parameters of the free neutron.

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of this module, the students are able to 1) explain the principles of neutron physics 2) to understand experimental methods in neutron physics and instrumentation and to make estimations, 3) to explain the role of neutrons in the standard model of particle physics and astrophysics


Keine Vorkenntnisse nötig, die über die Zulassungsvoraussetzungen zum Masterstudium hinausgehen.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Teilchenphysik mit Neutronen 1 Fierlinger, P. Mittwoch, 13:30–15:30

Learning and Teaching Methods

Vortrag, Beamerpräsentation, Tafelarbeit


Vorlesungsskript, Präsentationsunterlagen, begleitende Internetseite


Standard text books for neuton physics. The lecture is close to:

J. M. Byrne, Neutrons, Nuclei and Matter, IOP Publishing (1994) Für aktuelle Beiträge sind Unterlagen beim Dozenten erhältlich.

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 PH2106: Teilchenphysik mit Neutronen 2 / Particle Physics with Neutrons 2 after the follwoing semester. In this case you need to register for both exams in the following semester.

Exam Repetition

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

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