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 notes and exercises

The lecture notes, as well as the exercise problems and solutions are provided on OLAT.

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