Elementary Particle Physics

Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics (winter term 2017/2018)


Tuesdays, 13:30-15:10, S2 11/10
Fridays, 13:30-15:10, S2 11/10

On January 12th there will be a lecture. The next tutorial is on January 16th.


Jens Braun


Quantum mechanics


Every second Friday, 13:30-15:10, S2 11/10

Contents (planned)

  • Introduction/Motivation: Standard model of particle physics, key experiments
  • Basic introduction to group theory
  • Klein-Gordon equation and Dirac equation
  • Perturbation theory and processes
  • Introduction to the theory of the strong interaction (Quantum Chromodynamics, QCD): quarks, gluons and the hadronic mass spectrum
  • (Spontaneous) Symmetry breaking in QCD: Goldstone theorem & Pions
  • Phases of QCD (depending on time)
  • Introduction to the weak interaction, and the Higgs mechanism (depending on time)


  • (Hand-written) lecture notes available for download on this page (see below)
  • Relativistic Quantum Mechanics, Springer, W. Greiner
  • Quantum Mechanics - Symmetries, Springer, B. Müller, W. Greiner
  • Introduction to Elementary Particles, Wiley-VCH, D. Griffiths
  • Introduction to High Energy Physics, Cambridge University Press, D. H. Perkins
  • Teilchen und Kerne, Springer, B. Povh, K. Rith, C. Scholz, F. Zetsche
  • Quantenmechanik für Fortgeschrittene, Springer, F. Schwabl
  • Quantum Field Theory and Critical Phenomena, Clarendon Press, J. Zinn-Justin
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