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260092 VO MF 8 Astro Particle Physics (MaG 21) (2010S)

2.50 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 26 - Physik

7.-8. Mai 2010 (Fr/Sa) und 28.-29. Mai 2010 (Fr/Sa), 9.00-18.00 Uhr, Ort: Institut für Hochenergiephysik der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Nikolsdorferg. 18, 1050 Wien, 1. Stock, Bibliothek


Language: English



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Aims, contents and method of the course

Signals from outer space: discovery; the birth of high-energy physics; composition and spectra of cosmic radiation; overlap with conventional astronomy; primary and secondary cosmic rays; charged particles; photons; neutrinos; gravitational waves; hypothetical particles ("dark matter"); importance and possible dangers for man on earth and in outer space (influence on the weather, exposure to cosmic rays on earth and on board of airplanes and space ships; ozone hole); interdisciplinary aspects (joint research with environmental physics, meteorology, oceanography and limnology)

Measurement methods of astro-particle physics:
Installations on the surface of the earth, on balloons and in outer space; the earth's atmosphere serving as detector for particles; neutrino detectors in the MeV to EeV range; detectors for "dark matter"; large terrestrial installations (in the 10000 square-kilometer range on the earth's surface, as well as installations under water and in the ice of Antarctica); radio emission of highest-energy particles; installations on satellites and in space stations

Physics aims of astro-particle physics:
Tests of the Standard Model beyond energies that can be reached by accelerators; neutrino oscillations, measurements of properties and mass of neutrinos; search for particles which have not been discovered so far ("dark matter", supersymmetry etc.); CP-violation and antimatter; cosmology, relics of the Big Bang, the origin of the world

Assessment and permitted materials

Oral exam

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Introduction into a new, fascinating field of physics: physics from and with cosmic particle accelerators

Examination topics

Interactive teaching where students can and should provide feedback and ask questions at any moment.

Reading list

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