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Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics

Prof. Martin Beneke

Research Field

Our research is in theoretical particle physics. We are interested in high-energy collider phenomenology, perturbative loop calculations, searches for physics beyond the Standard Model and the phenomenology of the Standard Model, the physics of heavy quarks (bottom, top), CP violation, strong interaction physics and some aspects of cosmology/dark matter.


James-Franck-Str. 1/I
85748 Garching b. München
+49 89 289 12374
Fax: +49 89 289 14655

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Offers for Theses in the Group

Polarized gravitational waves

The detection of gravitational waves was one of the biggest scientific
breakthroughs of the past decade. Yet, little is known about the
polarization of these waves. In this thesis, the student should learn the
basic theory of gravitional waves in General Relativity drawing on
analogies with electromagnetic waves. Based on these properties, it will
be analyzed which interferometer configurations and which type bineary
black hole/neutron star merger events are optimal for an accurate
measurement of polarization. The present observational status is reviewed.
Using the available data of the advanced Virgo and LIGO detectors, the
student is expected to perform numerical studies of a few binary-BH events
with respect to their polarization signature.

No prior knowledge of general relativity is required. Learning the basics
of the theory is part of the thesis work.

suitable as
  • Bachelor’s Thesis Physics
Supervisor: Martin Beneke

Current and Finished Theses in the Group

Asymmetry between Matter and Antimatter: Leptogenesis
Abschlussarbeit im Bachelorstudiengang Physik
Themensteller(in): Martin Beneke
Strukturbildung in der Kosmologie und nicht-lineare Korrekturen
Abschlussarbeit im Bachelorstudiengang Physik
Themensteller(in): Martin Beneke
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