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Particle Physics with Accelerators and Natural Sources

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.

Module version of SS 2021 (current)

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 2021SS 2020SS 2019SS 2018SS 2017SS 2011

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.

  • 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 PH2082 is Frank Simon.

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
  • Precision tests of the Standard Model of particle physics
  • Dark Matter - WIMPs and Axions
  • Neutrinos in the cosmos, from accelerators and natural sources
  • Precision experiments at accelerators and the physics of heavy quarks
  • Gravitational waves

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 precision measurements and heavy quark physics at accelerators
  3. Explain the evidence, motivation and experimental searches for different dark matter candidates
  4. Discuss and understand the latest results from neutrino physics
  5. Explain the first experimental observation of gravitational waves 


Introductory lecture in Nuclear, Particle, and Astrophysics at bachelor level (PH0016 at TUM or equivalent)

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

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. In the journal club, selected scientific publications are discussed to explore topics in more detail and to strengthen the connection to current research. 


Blackboard presentation, PowerPoint presentation, website for presentation material, additional literature and links. For the journal club, access to the relevant publications is provided.


  • Mark Thomson: "Modern Particle Physics", Cambridge University Press 2013.
  • L. Bergström and Ariel Goobar, "Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics", Springer

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:

  • Which experimental observations lead to the postulation of Dark Matter?
  • How could axions be detected in the laboratory?
  • What is the experimental proof that neutrinos have mass?
  • What is the role of the top quark in the Standard Model?
  • How do precision experiments provide sensitivity to physics beyond the Standard Model?
  • What is the origin of gravitational waves that have been observed?

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.

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 Particle Physics with Accelerators and Natural Sources
Tue, 2021-03-23 Dummy-Termin. Wenden Sie sich zur individuellen Terminvereinbarung an die/den Prüfer(in). Anmeldung für Prüfungstermin zwischen Di, 23.03.2021 und Sa, 17.04.2021. Die Lehrveranstaltungen des Moduls fanden im SS 2020 statt. Melden Sie sich bitte nur an, wenn Sie die Prüfung verbindlich auch nach Lektüre der Informationen unter ablegen werden. // Dummy date. Contact examiner for individual appointment. Registration for exam date between Tue, 2021-03-23 and Sat, 2021-04-17. The courses of this module where offered in SS 2020. See for further information and only register after reading! till 2021-03-22
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