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.


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  1. Organizational matters and guiding principles
  2. Notes, handout
  3. Introduction to nuclei and strong interactions
  4. Notes, handout
  5. Nuclear forces: scattering and bound states
  6. Notes, Preliminary book chapter, handout
  7. Effective theories for low energies
  8. Notes
  9. Many-body basics
  10. Notes
  11. Many-body methods for nuclei and nuclear matter
  12. Notes
  13. Chiral effective field theory for nuclear forces and applications to nuclei
  14. Notes


Exercise groups (biweekly)

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

AFri, 8:00-9:40S2|11 10Catharina Brase
BFri, 8:00-9:40S2|14 24Margarida Companys

Office hours

Every Tuesday, 10:00-11:00S2|11 207


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