Particle Physics with Cosmic and Terrestric Particle Colliders

Module PH2082

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

PH2082 is a semester module in German or 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 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2082 is Siegfried Bethke.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module provides an introduction to modern experimental astro-particle and particle physics. It covers:
- The connections of particle and astro-particle physics
- Experimental methods and detectors in astro-particle physics
- Precision tests of the Standard Model of particle physics
- Cosmic acceleration mechanisms
- The physics of charged and neutral cosmic rays and the search for the sources of the highest energy particles in the universe
- Dark Matter and Dark Energy
- Gravitational Waves
- Atmospheric, solar and cosmic neutrinos

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in this module, the student is able to
1) Understand the concepts of modern astro-particle physics experiments
2) Discuss the physics of the Standard Model
3) Explain the acceleration mechanisms for highly energetic particles in cosmic objects
4) Discuss the latest results both from studies of high- and ultra-high energy charged and neutral cosmic rays as well as from neutrino physics
5) Understand the evidence for Dark Matter and Dark Energy, and the experimental strategies to study them


Introductory lecture in Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics (KTA at TUM or equivalent)

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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