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Introduction to Flavor Physics

Module PH2268

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.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2022SS 2021SS 2020SS 2019SS 2018

Basic Information

PH2268 is a semester module in German or English language at which is offered in winter 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
  • Specialization Modules in Elite-Master Program Theoretical and Mathematical Physics (TMP)

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 45 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2268 in the version of SS 2018 was Danny van Dyk.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The students will learn about

- the CKM paradigm and unitarity of the flavour mixing matrix;

- flavour changing processes in the SM any beyond, for transitions |Delta B| = 1 and |Delta B| = 2;

- meson mixing in the B-meson and kaon systems;

- experimental aspects of flavour physics, with the mechanism behind B factories as an example;

- introduction to two effective field theories relevant for B decays (Weak Effective Theory, Heavy Quark Effective Theory)

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of the module the students are able to:

  1. research topics within the field of flavour physics as part of their master thesis.


- basic knowledge of quantum field theory

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Introduction to Flavor Physics Greenwald, D. Fri, 14:00–16:00, PH 3344
UE 2 Exercise to Introduction to Flavor Physics Greenwald, D. Mon, 10:00–12:00, PH 3343

Learning and Teaching Methods

In the lectures the building blocks of flavour physics are presented. The lectures will further present phenomenological applications of these building blocks at the hand of examples from B- and kaon-physics. In the bi-weekly exercises, the understanding will be deepened by explicitly deriving some of the exemplary results on B-physics presented in the lectures.


- black bord

- exercises (discussion bi-weeky)



Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

no info

Exam Repetition

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

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