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PHY211 Kern- und Teilchenphysik I

General Information

Dozent: Prof. Laura Baudis

Dr. Michelle Galloway

Dr. Roman Hiller


Dr. Olaf Steinkamp

Vorlesung: Mittwoch, 10:15 - 12:00, in Y16 G05
Freitag, 10:15 - 12:00, in Y16 G05

Freitag, 10:15 - 12:00, in Y16 G05 und Y34 F01 Gruppeneinteilung (PDF, 47 KB)

Beginn: Freitag, 28. September 2018


Teilchen und Kerne (Particles and Nuclei) - Povh, B., Rith, K., Scholz, C., Zetsche, F., Springer, 9. Auflage

Modern Particle Physics - Mark Thomson, Cambridge University Press

Elementarteilchenphysik - Christoph Berger, Springer, 3. Auflage

Nuclear and Particle Physics - B. R. Martin, Wiley, 2nd edition

Particle Physics - B. R. Martin, G, Shaw, Wiley, 4th edition


Besuch der Vorlesung und der Übungen; 60% aller Übungen gelöst (Punkte nur bei Anwesenheit); Vorrechnen an der Tafel (Zufallsauswahl)

Besuch des Praktikums

Bestehen der schriftlichen Prüfung

Note: Schriftliche Prüfung (3/4) + Praktikum (1/4)


Lecture topics


Date Lecture/exercise


Introduction; Basic concepts


Structure of matter, particles and forces


Natural units, interactions


Exercise 1: Group assignment; (PDF, 47 KB)Exercise sheet 1; (PDF, 79 KB) Solution 1 (PDF, 144 KB)


Interactions and Feynman diagrams


Scattering processes, decay rates, cross sections


Nuclear shapes and sizes, form factors


Exercise 2:  Exercise sheet 2; (PDF, 99 KB)Solution 2 (PDF, 155 KB)

17.10.18 Nuclear properties, liquid drop model
19.10.18 Radioactive decay, types of radiation
24.10.18 Elastic scattering on nucleons, form factors; inelastic scattering; the Delta-resonance
26.10.18 Exercise 3: Exercise sheet 3 (PDF, 97 KB); Solution 3 (PDF, 148 KB)
31.10.18 Deep inelastic scattering and structure functions
02.11.18 Quarks, gluons and the strong interaction; the parton model and nucleon PDFs
07.11.18 Quarks, gluons and the strong interaction: the static quark model
09.11.18 Exercise 4: Exercise sheet 4 (PDF, 244 KB); Solution 4 (PDF, 301 KB)
14.11.18 Particles in e+ e- collisions
16.11.18 Symmetries and conservation laws
21.11.18 C-parity and CPT theorem
23.11.18 Exercise 5: Exercise sheet 5 (PDF, 96 KB); Solution 5 (PDF, 128 KB)
28.11.18 The Dirac equation
30.11.18 Solutions to the Dirac equation
05.12.18 Phenomenology of weak interaction
07.12.18 Exercise 6: Exercise sheet 6 (PDF, 107 KB); Solution 6 (PDF, 146 KB)
12.12.18 Weak interaction, W and Z boson
14.12.18 Quarkonia
19.12.18 Nuclear force and nuclear models
21.12.18 Exercise 7: Exercise sheet 7 (PDF, 112 KB); Solution 7 (PDF, 156 KB)


- Written exam

- Date: January 9, 2019 

- Time: 10.15-12.00

- Location: Y 16 G 05


A review session will take place in Y16G05 on Monday, January 7 from 10:15.


Results: Exam results (PDF, 32 KB)

A review of the exams is possible on Fri. Jan 18th 9:00-12:00 in offices Y36 K38 (Roman) / K40 (Michelle) or later throughout the day after arrangement via galloway(at)


The lab course consists of setting up a small experiment (either "Angular Distribution" or "Positronium"), collecting data,  analyzing the data and writing a short report.

The experiments will take place January 14-25, 2019, in rooms Y 11 G 48 (Angular Distribution) and Y 11 G 78 (Positronium).

You work in groups of two. You have received the schedule by email. Each group has two full days to set up the experiment and collect the data. Each group then has one week to do the analysis and write the report. For example, if you do the experiment on January 14/15, you should hand in the report by January 22.

To prepare, please consult the manuals:

In case of questions, please contact Olaf Steinkamp