Advanced Topics in Quantum Field Theory

Module PH2142

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

PH2142 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered irregular.

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)
300 h 110 h 10 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2142 is Martin Beneke.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


1) Spontane Symmetriebrechung, nicht-lineare Symmetrien,
    effektive Wirkung
2) Supersymmetrische Feldtheorie
3) LHC Physik (QCD, Partonverteilungen, Faktorisierung)
4) Higgs Boson (Eigenschaften, Produktion, LHC
Im Einzelfall kann die Themenauswahl variieren.

Learning Outcome

Verstaendnis von Quantenfeldtheorien mit gebrochenen
Symmetrien oder Supersymmetrien einschliesslich von
Berechnung von einfachen Kollisionsprozessen am
Large Hadron Collider, Ueberblick ueber relevante
Befaehigung zur eigenstaendigen Bearbeitung von
Problemstellungen aus der angewandten Quantenfeldtheorie
im Rahmen einer Masterarbeit.


Fortgeschrittene Quantenfeldtheorie

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 6 Spezielle Themen aus der Quantenfeldtheorie Beneke, M. einzelne oder verschobene Termine
sowie Termine in Gruppen

Learning and Teaching Methods

Tafelvortrag, Diskussion, Bearbeitung und Diskussion von Uebungsaufgaben


Tafel, Uebungsblaetter


M.E. Peskin, V. Schröder, An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory, Addison-Wesley
S. Weinberg, The Quantum Theory of Fields Vols. I/II, Cambridge University Press
M. Böhm, A. Denner, H. Joos, Gauge Theories of the Strong and Electroweak Interaction, Teubner
weiterfuehrende Literatur wird bekannt gegeben

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

There will be a bonus (two intermediate steppings of "0,3" to the better grade) on passed module exams for students who obtained at least 50 % of the points in the homework sheets.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 90 minutes.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

Condensed Matter

When atoms interact things can get interesting. Fundamental research on the underlying properties of materials and nanostructures and exploration of the potential they provide for applications.

Nuclei, Particles, Astrophysics

A journey of discovery to understanding our world at the subatomic scale, from the nuclei inside atoms down to the most elementary building blocks of matter. Are you ready for the adventure?


Biological systems, from proteins to living cells and organisms, obey physical principles. Our research groups in biophysics shape one of Germany's largest scientific clusters in this area.