Particle Oscillations

Module PH2210

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

PH2210 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.

  • 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 PH2210 is Lothar Oberauer.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Attention! Lecture will be each Friday, 12:30 until 2pm !!

Venue: 3046 in PH-I

1st lecture on April 22th !!


Oscillations of particles are fascinating quantum-mechanical phenomenons. In October 2015 the discovery of neutrino oscillations was honoured by the Nobel price for physics. It is th first direct and experimental hint for physics beyond the standard model. Also the discovery of oscillation of neutral kaons lead to new insights of very fundamental questions. In this case it was the inititive for the discovery of CP-violation in weak interaction, which is one of the three Sacharov-conditions for explaining the assymmetry between matter and antimatter in the universe.

In detail we will discuss the following topics:

- Particle- antiparticle oscillations of neutral mesons. Fundamental experiments and theoretical description. Link to CP-violation in the quark system.

- Neutrinooscillations. Fundamental experiments and theoretical description. Conditions for coherence. Matter effects of solar neutrinos. Open questions and new ideas.

- Search for sterile neutrinos. Theoretical models and experimental status. Link to the question of dark matter in the universe.

The lecture is complementing the lecture "Astroparticle Physics".

Preminary discussions on April 12th at 2:15pm, room number 3046 (Physik-I, 2nd floor).

Questions? Please contact L. Oberauer:

Learning Outcome

Immersed knowledge of the quantum mechanics of particle oscillations. Immersed knowledge of relevant experiments and theoretical approaches. Transfer and application for new projects in this field, especially for a future MSc-thesis.


Introduction in nuclear and particle physics (KTA-lecture). Students would benefit from the lectures Astroparticle physics I and II, but knowledge of both is not mandatory.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Teilchenoszillationen Oberauer, L. Dienstag, 14:00–16:00

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lecture with instructions for a successful self-study via application of specific literature.

Inclusion of students via open discussions.


PPTX presentations and use of the blackboard.

Intensive discussion with students.


F. Suekane, Neutrino Oscillations, Lecture Notes in Physics 898, Springer, 2014

F. Böhm, P. Vogel, Physics of Massive Neutrinos, Cambridge University Press

D. Perkins, High Energy Physics, Addison Wesley

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In a written exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as an oral exam. In this case the time duration is 25 minutes.

Exam Repetition

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

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