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260129 VO Astroparticle Physics (2019W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 26 - Physik


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Language: English

Examination dates



The course is held in collaboration with Federico Ambrogi. All courses take place in the library of the Institute of High Energy Physics, Nikolsdorfergasse 18.
8 Oct.13:30 - 17:30, 6 Nov. 14:00 - 17:30, 20 Nov. 14:00 - 17:00, 4 Dec. 14:00 - 17:00, 11 Dec. 14:00 - 17:00.


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"); 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 Universe.

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

Course materials are available on the homepage of the course:

Reading list

D.H. Perkins, "Particle Astrophysics" (Oxford Master Series In Physics)
Claus Grupen, Astro-Particle Physics
Malcolm S. Longair, High Energy Astrophysics
Lars Bergstroem and Ariel Goobar, Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics
Peter Coles, Cosmology: a very short introduction 2001

Association in the course directory

M-ERG, MaInt, UF MA PHYS 01a, UF MA PHYS 01b

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