Particle Physics for Astrophysicists

Module PH2146

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

PH2146 is a semester module in 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)
150 h 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2146 is Stephan Paul.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Overview on the basic concepts of particle and nuclear physics

Klein.Godon Equation

Dirac equation

Feynman diagrams


Gauge theories


Scattering and cross sections

Quarks and Gluons

Strong interaction

Weak interaction and symmetry violations (selected topics)

Electroweak unification

Standard model

Higgs mechanism and Higgs search

Beyond standard model

Neutrino oscillations

How stars burn

Basics of nuclear physics

Quark Gluon Plasma

Primordial nucleosynthesis

Mini black Holes

Learning Outcome

no info


quantum mechanics

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Teilchenphysik für Astrophysiker Paul, S. Montag, 10:00–17:00

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lecture and Discussions


Teaching at balckboard and via powerpoint presentaion. Intermittent discussions of physics content.


B. Povh and K :rith: Particles and Nuclei

F. Halzen and A.D. Martin: quarks and Leptons

D. Perkins. INtroduction into Particle Astrophysics

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.

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.