Observational High-Energy Astrophysics

Module PH2114

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

PH2114 is a semester module in 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.

  • 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 PH2114 is Roland Diehl.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


  • astrophysics at high-energies
  • radiation processes
  • instruments, telescopes, experiments
  • compact objects, relativistic plasmas, accretion
  • nuclear interactions and nucleosynthis
  • interstellar medium and cycles of matter
  • galaxies: AGN, Blazars etc.
  • cosmic rays
  •  literature and databases for HE astrophysics 

Learning Outcome

After passing of the module, students are able to

  • know the non-thermal physical processes in cosmic objects
  • describe the properties of cosmic Plasmas in different density domains, from the neutron star surfaces to interstellar up to intergalactic gas
  • know the origin of the chemical elements and their development, incl the cosmic source objects
  • understand the design and the critical components of telescopes for x- and gamma radiation and the instruments for cosmic rays and neutrinos


No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Vortrag, Beamerpräsentation, Tafelarbeit, Lehrfilme


no info


Longair: High-Energy Astrophysics, Cambr. Univ. 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

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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