PHY211 Kern- und Teilchenphysik I

General Information

Lecture: Prof. Laura Baudis

Dr. Michelle Galloway

Dr. Junting Huang

Lab course:

Dr. Olaf Steinkamp

Lecture: Wednesdays 10:15 - 12:00, in Y16 G05
Fridays 10:15 - 12:00, in Y16 G05

Fridays 10:15 - 12:00, in Y16 G05 and 36-J-33

Start: Friday, September 25, 2020


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

Introduction to Elementary Particles - David Griffiths, Wiley, 2nd edition

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


To be eligible for the exam, regular attendance in exercise sessions is required, 50% grade in exercises, and at least one demonstration of exercise on the blackboard. The grade will be from the written exam.


Lecture topics


Date Lecture/exercise


Organisation (PDF, 1 MB); Introduction to lab course (PDF, 1 MB)


Introduction, basic concepts


Natural units and forces as quantum fields


Exercise 1


Interactions and Feynman diagrams


Scattering processes and decay rates


Nuclear shapes, sizes and properties


Exercise 2

14.10.20 Elastic scattering on nucleons
16.10.20 Deep inelastic scattering and structure functions
21.10.20 Properties of nuclei, nuclear stability
23.10.20 Exercise 3
28.10.20 The nuclear force and nuclear models
30.10.20 The nuclear shell model
04.11.20 Accelerators
06.11.20 Exercise 4
11.11.20 Particle identification
13.11.20 Detectors
18.11.20 Quarks, gluons and strong interaction
20.11.20 Exercise 5
25.11.20 Hadrons
27.11.20 Particle production in e+e- collisions
02.12.20 Symmetries and conservation laws
04.12.20 Exercise 6
09.12.20 Dirac equation
11.12.20 Introduction to the weak interaction
16.12.20 Parity violation
18.12.20 Exercise 7


- Written exam

- Date: January 15, 2020 

- Time: 10.00-12.00

- Location: Y16 G05 and Y36 K08

Lab course

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

The experiments will take place during the semester, in rooms Y 11 G 48 (Angular Distribution) and Y 11 G 40 (Positronium).

To prepare, please see the Introduction to the lab course, and consult the manuals:

In case of questions, please contact Olaf Steinkamp