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Bachelor and Master Thesis

We offer bachelor and master theses on the topic "Dark Matter" in our group. A course in Quantum Field Theory is a prerequisite for a master thesis. If you are interested please contact JProf. Dr. S. Vogl at .

Winter 2021/22: Numerical recipes for physicists

Lecture: Monday 12:15-13:45 in HS II (highrise)
parallel online lecture:, passcode:H4pt3u4P9
changes might occur according to the Corona Ordinance on Study Operations 
Tutorial: Thursdays 16:15-17:45 in CIP II (Gustav-Mie Haus), the tutorial consist of hands on exercises with Python, please register in HISinOne for details

Only highly idealized problems can be solved analytically. The solution to all realistic problems rely on numerical methods and their implementation on a computer. This course introduces some of the most important numerical methods and their application in physics.


  • Errors and uncertainties
  • Integration
  • Differentiation
  • Root finding
  • Ordinary differential equations
  • Partial differential equations



None beyond the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics, basic programming skills and interest in problem solving with a computer helpful


  • R. Landau et al: "Computational physics", Wiley-VCH, 2007
  • W. Press et al: "Numerical Recipes", Cambridge University Press, 2007 (slightly naggy online version at )

Summer 2021: Cosmology

Lecture Wednesday 10:00-12:00 c.t. 
online lecture:, passcode:1D13UZsne
if the situation permits in presence participation in SR I possible
Tutorial: Thursday 14-16 (please register in HISinOne for details)


  • Geometry and Dynamics of the smooth Universe
  • Thermal history and origin of matter
  • Cosmological perturbation theory
  • Structure formation and CMB
  • Inflation (optional)



Special Relativity, Thermodynamics, basic knowledge of General Relativity helpful but not required


Fall/Winter 2020/21:Introduction to Dark Matter

Monday 12-14, online (details see HISinOne)


  • Astrophysical evidence for dark matter
  • Relic dark matter abundance
  • Dark matter candidates
  • Indirect detection of dark matter annihilation
  • Dark matter nucleon scattering and direct detection
  • Dark matter production at colliders