Nuclear Theory / Theoretische Kernphysik

Nuclear Theory / Theoretische Kernphysik


Achim Schwenk
S2|11 205, Tel. -21550
Office hours: Wed, 15:00-16:00

This course provides an introduction to modern nuclear theory. The lecture will be held in English, as all references are in English; questions and discussions in German are of course welcome. The discussion and homework problems will be designed to improve the understanding of and to explore the topics covered in the lecture.


  • Please also note the extensive material from the INT TALENT course (see below).
  • There are no stupid questions!
  • Please let us know if something can be improved.
  • There are now additional office hours provided on Fridays at 15:30 by Hannah and Margarida.


  1. Organizational matters and guiding principles
  2. Notes, handout
  3. Introduction to nuclei and strong interactions
    Notes, handout
  4. Nuclear forces: scattering and bound states
    Preliminary chapter, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 11, Nov. 16, Nov. 23, Nov. 25, Nov. 30, Dec. 2, Dec. 7
  5. Effective theories for low energies
    Dec. 14, Dec. 16, Dec. 21, Jan. 11
  6. Many-body basics
    Jan. 18, Jan. 20, Jan. 25
  7. Many-body methods for nuclei and nuclear matter
    Jan. 25
  8. Chiral effective field theory for nuclear forces and applications to nuclei


Exercise groups (biweekly)

Participation and solving homework sets are essential for understanding the material.

AFri, 9:50-11:30S2|11 10Hannah Göttling
BFri, 9:50-11:30S2|14 24Margarida Companys

Office hours

Fr 15:30 - 16:30S2|11 207 (Seminar room on second floor of theory center)


Lecture notes will be provided. An extensive set of material is also given at
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