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.
PH2242 is a semester module in English 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 workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||75 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2242 is Sherry Suyu.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
Imagine a galaxy that lies behind another galaxy. Will you see the galaxy in the back? If you think not, think again. The gravitational field of the galaxy in the front will bend the light from the background source, so that the background source appears to be distorted, magnified and can even have multiple images. This phenomenon is gravitational lensing.
Gravitational lensing is now a powerful astrophysical tool to study planetary systems, black holes, galaxies, clusters of galaxies and cosmology. This course presents the underlying theory of gravitational lensing and the various astrophysical applications.
After this course, students will know how gravitational lensing works and how to use it as an astrophysical tool to study current puzzles in astronomy such as how galaxies form and evolve, what is dark matter and what is dark energy.
No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
Learning and Teaching Methods
lecture on black boards, beamer presentation, discussion, tutorial exercises