Nuclear & particle physics

Seminar on the theory of particles and fields

Summer semester 2017


Course number in the course overview: 118294

  • Organizers, organization & dates


    Dates & locations

    Seminar Wednesday, 10:00–12:00 KP/TP, seminar room 304
    Registration and preparatory meeting: Wednesday, 19.04.2017, 10:15

    Registration and guidance

    PD 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

    Symmetries and conservation laws

    Topic for summer semester 2017
    Image of a snowflake
    © WWU/ITP
    Illustration of the “eightfold way” (flavor symmetry in QCD)
    © WWU/ITP

    Symmetries and the conservation laws connected to them play an important role in nearly all areas of physics. The notion of symmetry and prominent examples, especially from quantum mechanics, will be treated in some talks. Later on, the description of symmetries through group theory, symmetries in elementary particle physics (e. g. the flavor symmetry SU(3) and gauge symmetries), symmetry breaking and supersymmetry will be among the topics.

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


    • [A] I.J.R. Aitchison: An informal introduction to gauge field theories, Cambridge, Cambridge, 1982
    • [DF] A. Das, T. Ferbel: Kern- und Teilchenphysik, Spektrum, Heidelberg, 1995
    • [G] S. Gasiorowicz: Elementary Particle Physics, Wiley & Sons, New York, 1966
    • [GD] H. Genz, R. Decker: Symmetrie und Symmetriebrechung in der Physik, Vieweg, Braunschweig, 1991
    • [GM] W. Greiner, B. Müller: Quantenmechanik, Teil 2: Symmetrien, Harri Deutsch, Frankfurt, 1990
    • [GP] A. Galindo, P. Pascual: Quantum Mechanics I, Springer, Berlin, 1990
    • [N] J.-M. Normand: A Lie Group: Rotations in Quantum Mechanics, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1980
    • [SU] R.U. Sexl, H.K. Urbantke: Relativität, Gruppen, Teilchen, Springer, Wien, 1988

    Supplementary and advanced literature

    • M. Böhm, A. Denner, H. Joos: Gauge Theories of the Strong and Electroweak Interaction, Teubner, Stuttgart, 2001
    • T. Mayer-Kuckuk: Kernphysik, Teubner, Stuttgart, 1979
    • M. Schottenloher: Geometrie und Symmetrie in der Physik, Vieweg, Braunschweig, 1995
    • W. Ludwig, C. Falter: Symmetries in Physics, Springer, Berlin, 1988
    • M. Wagner: Gruppentheoretische Methoden in der Physik, Vieweg, Stuttgart, 1998

    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
    19.04.2016 Preparatory meeting
    Introduction to the notion of symmetry and fundamentals of group theory
    Symmetries in quantum mechanics
    Parity, time reversal and charge conjugation
    Permutation group
    24.05.2017 SU(2) and SO(3) Jan Flechsig
    SU(3) and the quark model
    Abelian gauge symmetry
    14.06.2017 Non-Abelian gauge symmetry Jan Mandrysch
    Representation theory of the Lorentz group
    21.06.2017 Symmetry breaking and Goldstone theorem Dominik Thomas
    28.06.2017 Introduction to supersymmetry Christopher Liberum
    05.07.2017 CP violation Daniel Kavajin
    Scale symmetry
    12.07.2017 Video session