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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 2020 (current)

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 2020SS 2019SS 2018

Basic Information

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 workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 45 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2268 is 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.

Learning Outcome

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 Kuhr, T. van Dyk, D.
Assistants: Straub, D.
Fri, 14:00–16:00, PH 3344
UE 1 Exercise to Introduction to Flavour Physics 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.


- blackboard

- 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

Module Exam

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

Exam Repetition

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

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