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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

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
SS 2022SS 2021SS 2020SS 2019SS 2017SS 2016SS 2011

Basic Information

PH2074 is a semester module in English or German 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.

  • 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 60 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2074 in the version of SS 2017 was 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

The exam may be repeated at the end of the 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 Astro Particle Physics 2
Mon, 2023-11-20 Dummy-Termin. Wenden Sie sich zur individuellen Terminvereinbarung an die/den Prüfer(in). Anmeldung für Prüfungstermin vor 16.09.2023. // Dummy date. Contact examiner for individual appointment. Registration for exam date before 2023-Sep-16. till 2023-11-03 (cancelation of registration till 2023-11-19)
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