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Particle Physics with Neutrons

Module PH2285

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 2019

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 2019

Basic Information

PH2285 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

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 60 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2285 in the version of SS 2019 was Peter Fierlinger.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This lecture provides an Overview of precision measurements, which probe the limits of the laws of nature complementary to high-energy accelerators and search for new physics beyond the standard model.

Topics are:

- Precision measurement of the decay of neutron and muon

- Search for electric dipole moments of fundamental quantum systems

- Tests of Lorentz Invariance

- Conservation of CPT symmetries

- Ultra-light axion-like particles

- Structure of the proton and neutron, charge radius

- Ramsey Method

- Spin clocks

- Anti hydrogen spectroscopy

- Novel magnetometry concepts

- Insights in systematic effects and limitations at high precision

Learning Outcome

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

  1. Discuss an Overview of the field of precision measurements
  2. Explain the larger context of precision experiments within the standard model of particle physics
  3. Describe experimental methods in this field of research
  4. Explain and estimate limitations of the methods


No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Particle Physics with Neutrons Fierlinger, P. Wed, 08:00–20:00
UE 2 Exercise to Particle Physics with Neutrons
Responsible/Coordination: Fierlinger, P.
Wed, 08:00–20:00

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.


Powerpoint, blackboard


J. Byrne, Neutron Physics

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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