Universität Wien

260129 VO Astroparticle Physics (2020W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 26 - Physik


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates



Based on the doodle poll, Thursday 14:00 is the general preference. Unfortunately, I have a conflict on Thursday for the next two weeks, so I propose to have

Tuesday, Oct 6: 10:00

Tuesday, Oct 13: 10:00

and then switch to

Thursday, 14:00 for the rest of the semester.

In case you miss a lecture, don't worry: I will publish a Zoom recording.

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Meeting ID: 494 050 3352
Passcode: Astro

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Meeting ID: 494 050 3352
Passcode: 378133


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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