Nuclear & particle physics

Seminar on the theory of particles and fields

Summer semester 2016


Course number in the course overview: 114318

  • Organizers, organization & dates


    Dates & locations

    Seminar Wednesday, 10:00–12:00 KP/TP, seminar room 304
    Registration and preparatory meeting: Wednesday, 13.04.2016, 10:15

    Registration and guidance

    Priv.-Doz. Dr. J. Heitger

    ITP, Wilhelm-Klemm-Straße 9, 48149 Münster, room 318
    Tel.: +49 251 83-34948, email: heitger(at)

    Certificate of performance

    Presentation and regular participation.


    Quantum theory.

  • Contents & literature

    Quantum mechanics in depth

    Topic for summer semester 2016
    Illustration of a superposition of quantum states
    © WWU/ITP

    As clear as the formalism of quantum mechanics is, as controversial are many of its fundamentals and interpretations even today. Some famous contributions towards this circle of problems, which are typically beyond the scope of course lectures, are to be trated: the EPR paradox, Bell’s inequalities, hidden parameters, the many-worlds theory etc. Furthermore, mathematical and theoretical aspects as well as further interesting phenomena of quantum mechanics are dealt with, such as the path integral, the Casimir effect and the concept of supersymmetry.

    Topics are given out to students in master’s and bachelor’s programs.


    • G. Münster: Quantentheorie, de Gruyter, 2006
    • J.A. Wheeler, W.H. Zurek (eds.): Quantum Theory and Measurement, Princeton University Press, 1983
    • K. Baumann, R. Sexl (Hrsg.): Die Deutungen der Quantentheorie, Vieweg, 1984
    • G. Auletta: Foundations and Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, World Scientific, 2000
    • F. Selleri: Die Debatte um die Quantentheorie, Vieweg, 1990
    • A. Rae: Quantenphysik: Illusion oder Realität, Reclam, 1996
    • D. Giulini et al. (eds.): Decoherence and the Appearance of a Classical World in Quantum Theory, Springer, 1996
    • P. Mittelstaedt: Philosophische Probleme der modernen Physik, BI Hochschultaschenbücher, Band 50, 1963
    • R.P. Feynman, A.R. Hibbs: Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals, McGraw-Hill, 1965
    • L.S. Schulman: Techniques and Applications of Path Integration, John Wiley & Sons, 1981
    • G.-L. Ingold, A. Lambrecht, Casimir effect from a scattering approach, Am. J. Phys. 83 (2015) 156, arXiv:1404.6919 [quant-ph]
    • H. Kalka, G. Soff: Supersymmetrie, Teubner, 1997

    The literature is made available to the speakers. Further advice concerning complementary literature is given as part of the talk guidance.

  • Topics & schedule

    Date Topic Speaker
    13.04.2016 Preparatory meeting
    25.05.2016 EPR paradox and Bell’s inequalities Manuel Kerk
    01.06.2016 de Broglie-Bohm theory Jonas Potthoff
    08.06.2016 Quantum logic Ralf Herrlich
    15.06.2016 Quantum-mechanical path integral Stefan Bröker
    22.06.2016 The Casimir effect Till Münker
    06.07.2016 Video session