Module PH2184

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

PH2184 is a semester module in English or German language at Master’s level which is offered in winter 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)
300 h 110 h 10 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2184 is Michael Ratz.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Supersymmetric quantum field theory;

Phenomenology of supersymmetric extensions of the standard model;

Compactification of extra dimensions.

Learning Outcome

Supersymmetry algebra and phenomenology. Compactification.


Quantum field theory; theoretical particle physics.

Group theory advantageous.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 6 Supersymmetrie Ratz, M. Vaudrevange, P. Dienstag, 10:00–12:00
Donnerstag, 10:00–12:00

Learning and Teaching Methods



Black board, slides, movies.


D. Bailin, A. Love: {em Supersymmetric Gauge Field Theory and String Theory,} IOP (1994).
I. Buchbinder, S. Kuzenko, {em Ideas and Methods of Supersymmetry and Supergravity,} IOP (1998).
S.~J.~Gates, M.~T.~Grisaru, M.~Rocek and W.~Siegel, {em Superspace, or one thousand and one lessons in supersymmetry,}  Front. Phys.  {f 58} (1983) 1, hep-th/0108200.
S.~P.~Martin, {em A Supersymmetry Primer,} in *Kane, G.L. (ed.): Perspectives on supersymmetry II* 1-153, hep-ph/9709356.
S. Weinberg, {em The quantum theory of fields, Volume III Supersymmetry,} CUP (2000).
J. Wess, J. Bagger, {em Supersymmetry and Supergravity,} PUP (1992).
  P.~C.~West, {em Introduction to supersymmetry and supergravity,} World Scientific (1990).

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 90 minutes.

Exam Repetition

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

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