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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.

Module version of WS 2017/8

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 2021/2WS 2020/1WS 2019/20WS 2018/9WS 2017/8WS 2010/1

Basic Information

PH2081 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This module description is valid to SS 2018.

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 30 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2081 in the version of WS 2017/8 was 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

Learning and Teaching Methods

The lecture presents the learning content in consecutive topical blocks and provides extensive cross references to latest results in particle and astroparticle physics, which can be used by the students to deepen their understanding of individual topics. The lecture coninuously offers the possibility for intensive discssions of the topics of the course and thematically related questions that arise from the referenced material.


PowerPoint presentation, website for presentation material, additional literature and links.


Will be announced in the lecture.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

There will be an oral exam of 30 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using comprehension questions.

For example an assignment in the exam might be:

  • Describe the working principle and the most important elements of modern particle accelerators
  • How is the energy of particles measured in collider experiments?
  • How do we describe the structure of the proton?
  • How are Higgs bosons produced at the LHC, and how do they decay?
  • Which open questions of the Standard Model of Particle Physics could be solved by Supersymmetry?

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.

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