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Experimental Astroparticle Physics — Teaching

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If you are interested in doing your Bachelor, Master, or Ph.D. thesis with us, get in contact with Dr. Kathrin Egberts or drop by in our offices 2.131 and 2.134 in building 28. Research areas for theses are:

  • The population of Galactic gamma-ray sources, details of the population modelling, the role of source confusion
  • Correlations on the multi-messenger night sky
  • Deep learning methods in gamma-ray astronomy
  • Talk with us about your own ideas!


open position at Potsdam University:  ./.

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Research for Master students (by arrangement)

  • Introductory Project Astrophysics: The students select an upper-level seminar and an introducy project in the same topic area. The topic of the introducy project generally corresponds to their specialization are for their Masters thesis.                       * Master of Science Astrophysics, module PHY-941 *                                                                     * Master of Science Physics, modules 941, PHY-941 *
  • Research training Astrophysics: The students carry out a supervised independent study and a guided lab in the field of the Masters thesis. The supervision and guidance are provided in regular consultations with the supervisor(s).                            >  Friday  12:00 - 14:00 / Golm, Bldg. 28, Room                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 * Master of Science Astrophysics, module PHY-942 *                                                                   * Master of Science Physics, modules 942, PHY942 *


Photo: DESY/Torsten Saffier
Photo: DESY/Torsten Saffier


Summer term 2024:

Experimental Astroparticle Physics:  Research seminar - Members of the experimental astroparticle physics group, including PhD and Master students as well as guests, present and critically discuss their current science work. The level of presentation shall be comprehensible for advanced students of the field. 

  • S / Monday 14:15 - 15:45 / Golm, bldg. 28, room 

* Master of Physics modules 731, 732, 941, PHY941 *                                                                         * Master of Astrophysics module PHY-941 *

Photo: DESY/Torsten Saffier
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Summer term 2024: 

Aspects of Astroparticle Physics:

* Master of Astrophysics module PHY-765 *


  • L / Tuesday  11:00 - 11:45 / Golm, Bldg. 28, Room
  • S / Tuesday 10:15 - 11:00 / Golm, Bldg. 28, Room 


Astroparticle Physics:

*Master of Science Physics and Mathematics, modules PHY-731a*

In the last 150 years, thanks to the rapid development of new detection methods as well as swift progress in theoretical physics, our understanding of the Universe has changed dramatically. In this lecture we discuss the topics at the forefront of modern astroparticle physics: a discipline joining the microscopic world of particle physics with the macroscopic astrophysical sources. What causes the most powerful explosions observed in our Universe? Can they be the sources of the highest energy cosmic particles arriving from space? How do matter and radiation behave in the extreme conditions needed for their production? This lecture will give you state-of-the-art answers to these questions. You will learn about the different cosmic messengers: photons, cosmic rays, neutrinos, gravitational waves and how we detect them. You will discover the processes responsible for their production in cosmic sources and the theories we employ to explain them.

  • L / Monday  12:15 - 13:45 / Golm, Bldg. 28, Room
  • E / Tuesday  11:15 - 11:45 / Golm, Bldg. 28, Room  


Experimental Physics IV -> Atoms-Nuclei-Elementary particles:

* Bachelor of Physics, modules 401, PHY-301 *                                                                                                                                                                                                                         * Bachelor lectureship of Physics, modules PHY-401 LAS, A401 *

Physics of atoms:  quantum numbers, optical transitions (also fine structure, Zeemann), X-rays, influence of atomic nuclei, forces between atoms, quantum matter                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nuclear physics:  structure of nuclei, stability criteria, radioactivity                                                                                                                                                          Elementary particles:  classification of elementary particles, internal structure of nucleons, symmetries, invariances and conservation laws

  • L / Tuesday 14:15 - 15:45 / Golm, bldg. 27, room
  • L / Wednesday 12:15 - 13:45 / Golm, bldg. 27, room

Previous terms:   

  • Winter term 2023/24: Particle Physics
  • Summer term 2023: Astroparticle Physics                                                                                                                                                                                                              Experimental Physics IV -> Atoms-Nuclei- Elementary particles
  • Winter term 2022/23: Particle Physics
  • Summer term 2022: Astroparticle Physics                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Experimental Physics -> Atoms-Nuclei- Elementary particles
  • Winter term 2021/22: Particle Physics
  • Summer term 2021: Astroparticle Physics                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Experimental Physics -> Atoms-Nuclei- Elementary particles
  • Winter term 2020/21: Particle Physics
  • Summer term 2019: Astroparticle Physics                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Experimental Physics -> Atoms-Nuclei-Elemetary particles
  • Winter term 2018/19: Particle Physics
  • Summer term 2018: Astroparticle Physics                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Experimental Physics -> Atoms-Nuclei-Elementary particles
  • Winter term 2017/18: Particle Physics
  • Summer term 2017: Astroparticle Physics
  • Winter term 2016/17: Particle Physics
  • Summer term 2016: Experimentelle Astroteilchenphysik
  • Summer term 2015: Gammaastronomie
  • Winter term 2014/15: Astroteilchenphysik
  • Summer term 2014: Particle Detectors
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