Particle Physics with Highest Energy Particle Colliders

Module PH2081

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

PH2081 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.

  • 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 PH2081 is Siegfried Bethke.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module provides an introduction to modern experimental particle physics at the highest energy accelerators. It covers:
- Design and technology of high-energy colliders (Tevatron, Large Hadron Collider)
- Detector systems for collider experiments, introduction to detector physics
- Current topics in particle physics, both within and beyond the Standard Model, with a thorough discussion of the experimental methods, including: Higgs, Top, Strong and weak interactions, Supersymmetry and other extensions of the Standard Model
- Outlook on future projects in accelerator based particle physics  

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in this module, the student is able to
1) Understand the concepts of modern accelerators and accelerator experiments
2) Describe the experimental detection of particles and the interactions of particles with matter
3) Discuss the physics of the Standard Model, with a focus on the latest experimental results
4) Describe the motivation and ideas for physics beyond the Standard Model as well as the experimental strategies to search for new physics


Introductory lecture in nuclear, particle and astrophysics.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Presentation & black board


web-site for lecture, additional literature


Will be announced in the lecture.

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

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