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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.

Module version of SS 2018

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

available module versions
SS 2019SS 2018WS 2014/5

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.

  • Specific catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics
  • Complementary catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics

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 30 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2210 in the version of SS 2018 was Lothar Oberauer.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions

Content

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".

Questions? Please contact L. Oberauer: oberauer@ph.tum.de

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of the module the students are able to understand the basical quantummechanical descriptions which lead to the phenomenon of particle oscillations. In this way already existing knowledge of quantummechanics gets fostered. Common aspects but also differences betwenn oscillations of hadrons (consisting of quark-antiquark systems) will be understood. In a next step the specific experimental challenges for detecting particle oscillations will be teached and the studenta will be able to differentiate (pros and cons) between several experimental approaches. The lecture should motivate students to think deeper about open problems in particle physics and finally act as a bridge towards a successful MSc-thesis in this field of physics.

Preconditions

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

TypeSWSTitleLecturer(s)Dates
VO 2 Particle Oscillations Oberauer, L. Fri, 12:30–14:00, PH 3046
UE 2 Exercise to Particle Oscillations
Responsible/Coordination: Oberauer, L.

Learning and Teaching Methods

In the thematically structured lecture the learning content is presented. With cross references between different topics the universal concepts in physics are shown. In scientific discussions the students are involved to stimulate their analytic-physics intellectual power.

In the exercise the learning content is deepened and exercised using problem examples and calculations. Thus the students are able to explain and apply the learned physics knowledge independently. In the exercise we will also explain and discuss the most important experiment in the field of particle oscillations in detail. This part is linked to the proseminar 'Methoss and detectors in Astroparticle physics'.

Media

PPTX presentations and use of the blackboard.

Intensive discussion with students.

Literature

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

The achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using presentations independently prepared by the students. The exam of 20 minutes consists of the presentation of the project’s results and a subsequent discussion.

For example an assignment in the exam might be:

  • Direct and indirect CP-violation in oscillations of neutral mesons
  • Experimental challenges to detect so-called "Mößbauer"-neutrinos
  • How can we get hands on the neutrino mass ordering?
  • How can we probe sterile neutrino oscillations?
  • How can we measure CP-violation in the neutrino sector?
  • Atmospheric ans solar neutrino experiments

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Title
TimeLocationInfoRegistration
Exam to Particle Oscillations
Mon, 2019-07-22 Dummy-Termin. Wenden Sie sich zur individuellen Terminvereinbarung an die/den Prüfer(in). Anmeldung für Prüfungstermin vor So, 22.09.2019. // Dummy date. Contact examiner for individual appointment. Registration for exam date before Sun, 2019-09-22. till 2019-06-30 (cancelation of registration till 2019-07-21)
Tue, 2019-09-24 Dummy-Termin. Wenden Sie sich zur individuellen Terminvereinbarung an die/den Prüfer(in). Anmeldung für Prüfungstermin von Mo, 23.09.2019 bis Sa, 19.10.2019. // Dummy date. Contact examiner for individual appointment. Registration for exam date from Mon, 23.09.2019 till Sat, 19.10.2019. till 2019-09-23
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