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 homework problems will be designed to improve the understanding of and to explore the topics covered in the lecture.


  • Hint H9.3: The single-particle energies for a uniform gas with g=2 are given by εi=ki2/2m + C0n/2 .
  • The bonus test has been graded and the results are available from the exercise tutors. Of the 15 people who took the bonus test, 8 have achieved the bonus (with ≳ 50 % of the score).
  • We have uploaded lecture notes from past lectures. We are in the process of combining these into new lecture notes, which will be provided as each chapter is finished. The complete lecture notes of the course will be available at the end of the course.
  • 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.
  • Office hours for excercises: Monday, 15:30 at S2|11 207, before handing in excercises in lecture


  1. Organizational matters and guiding principles
  2. Introduction to nuclei and strong interactions notes
  3. Nuclear forces: scattering and bound states
    relevant scattering theory notes (in German)
    older lecture notes
  4. Effective theories for low energies
    older lecture notes 1 2 3
  5. Many-body basics
    older lecture notes on second quantization
  6. Many-body methods for nuclei and nuclear matter
  7. 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 10
BFri, 9:50-11:30S2|07 109


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