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Advanced experimental physics: Particle and astroparticle physics



Time and place:

  • Do 12:00-14:00, Room HD
  • Di 14:00-16:00, Room HE

Fields of study

  • WPF Ph-MA 123456789ABCDEF

Prerequisites / Organisational information

Solid knowledge of the topics covered in EP-5 (Kern- und Teilchenphysik) is highly recommended.


This lecture provides a deeper introduction into particle and astroparticle physics. It builds upon the competences and knowledge gained in EP-5.


- Introduction: particle zoo, interactions and exchange particles, relativistic kinematics, Feynman diagrams
- Covariant description of relativistic particles: Klein-Gordon equation, crossing symmetry, invariant amplitude and cross section, Fermi's Golden Rule
- Quantum electrodynamics of spin-less particles: covariant electrodynamics, photon propagator, Feynman rules, scattering cross section
- Quantum electrodynamics of spin-1/2 particles: Dirac equation, electron-muon scattering cross section, helicity conservation, electron-positron scattering
- Weak Interactions: charged-current interactions, V-A structure, parity violation, quark couplings and CP violation
- Physics of massive neutrinos: neutrino oscillations, mass hierarchy, double beta decay
- Towards the Standard Model of Particle Physics: neutral current interactions, weak isospin and hypercharge, electroweak unification
- The Higgs mechanism: gauge invariance, spontaneous symmetry breaking, Higgs couplings, Higgs production and decay
- Beyond the Standard Model: introduction to supersymmetry, Dark Matter