Astro Particle Physics 2

Module PH2074

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 2017 (current)

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

available module versions
SS 2017SS 2016SS 2011

Basic Information

PH2074 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 75 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2074 is Susanne Mertens.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions



      I.    The search for Dark Matter

  1. Candidates
  2. Axion search experiments
  3. Direct- and indirect detection of WIMPs
  4. Experiments for drect search of WIMPs
  5. Experiments for indirect search of WIMPs

    II.     Neutrinophysics

  1. Experimental Discoveries
  2. Most important neutrino properties
  3. Neutrino sources
  4. Experiments to study neutrino properties
  5. Neutrinos in astrophysics und cosmology

  III.     Cosmic Radiation

  1. Primary cosmic rays
  2. Experiments for detection of cosmic rays
  3. Gamma –Astronomy
  4. Ultra high energetic (UHE) - cosmic ray particles

  IV.     Gravitational waves

Learning Outcome

The student will understand the intimate connection between particle physics and cosmology.

Basic concepts of experimantal approaches to rare event searches will be worked out.


Nuclear- and particle physics

Astroparticlephysics I is helpful

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

It is recommended to repeat the lecture material after the lecture

Particiapation in excercises is recommended in order to strengthen understanding of details.


Black board.

Some diagrams and pictures willl be projecetd.

It is planned that lecture notes will be available


L. Bergström, A. Goobar: Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics (Springer)
C. Grupen: Astroteilchenphysik (Vieweg)
H. Klapdor-Kleingrothaus, K. Zuber: Teilchenastrophysik (Teubner Studienbücher), 1997
D. Perkins: Particle Astrophysics (Oxford University Press)

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.