Introduction to Flavor Physics
Module version of SS 2020
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 2021||SS 2020||SS 2019||SS 2018|
PH2268 is a semester module in German or 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.
- 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 workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||45 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2268 in the version of SS 2020 was Daniel Greenwald.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
Flavour physics concerns itself with the different species of the matter content of the standard model of particle physics --- namely the six quark and three lepton flavours. The larger goals of the field are to understand the differences between particle and antiparticle, the underlying structure of the different species, and the nature of the weak interactions at shortest distances.
This lecture presents the basic flavor structure of the standard model and, in more detail, selected topics of current experimental and theoretical research.
By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the matter content of the standard model and the nature of the weak interaction. Our goal is to prepare students with the background knowledge necessary to carry out supervised research in the field for a master’s thesis.
Students should have basic knowledge of quantum field theory --- they should be able to recognize, for example, the Dirac equation and know what a gamma matrix is.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Introduction to Flavour Physics||
van Dyk, D.
Assistants: Greenwald, D.
Fri, 14:00–16:00, PH 3344
|UE||2||Exercise to Introduction to Flavour Physics||Greenwald, D. van Dyk, D.||dates in groups|
Learning and Teaching Methods
As much as possible, all topics will be presented at the blackboard with step-by-step derivations. Students are encouraged to ask questions and initiate discussions during the lectures. The setting is informal. Selected topics will be more deeply discussed in the weekly exercise sessions.
- weekly exercises (homework bi-weeky)
Schwartz, M.D., Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model
Zee, A., Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell
Bigi, I.I. & Sanda, A.I., CP Violation
Sozzi, M., Discrete Symmetries and CP Violation
Branco, G. & Lavoura, L. & Silva, J., CP Violation
Description of exams and course work
There will be an oral exam of 30 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using comprehension questions and sample calculations.
For example an assignment in the exam might be:
- explaining the flavour structure of the SM
- explaining tau decay signatures and detection principles
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.