Nuclear & particle physics

Seminar on the theory of particles and fields

Summer semester 2018


Course number in the course overview: 112293

  • Organizers, organization & dates


    Dates & locations

    Seminar Wednesday, 10:00–12:00 KP/TP, seminar room 304
    Registration and preparatory meeting: Wednesday, 11.04.2018, 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 and Statistical physics.

  • Contents & literature

    Cosmology and particle physics

    Topic for summer semester 2018
    Evolution of the universe
    © WWU/ITP

    Cosmology describes the physical world at the largest observable length scales, while particle physics deals with the smallest elementary constitutents of matter. A fascinating intersection of these areas are the first seconds after the Big Bang, where many properties of the cosmos were determined through particle physics processes. In some introductory talks, the experimental and theoretical fundamentals of the standard Big Bang model are treated; afterwards, topics like nucleosynthesis (formation of nuclear matter), phase transitions, baryogenesis (formation of the asymmetry between matter and antimatter), inflation, dark matter and dark energy are on the agenda.

    Topics are primarily given out to master’s students. A limited number of topics can possibly also be worked on by bachelor’s students.


    • [KT] E.W. Kolb, M.S. Turner: The Early Universe, Addison Wesley, 1991
    • [KZ] H.V. Klapdor-Kleingrothaus, K. Zuber: Teilchenastrophysik, Teubner, 1997
    • [Ch] T.-P. Cheng: Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology: A Basic Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2004
    • [BG] L. Bergström, A. Goobar: Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics, Springer, 2004

    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
    11.04.2018 Preparatory meeting
    Observable fundamentals of cosmology
    06.06.2018 Friedmann-Robertson-Walker metric and Friedmann equation Johannes Branahl
    Thermodynamical aspects of the standard model of cosmology
    13.06.2018 Neutrino cosmology Vera Elliger
    20.06.2018 Inflationary universe Anja Brüggemann
    Phase transitions
    27.06.2018 Baryogenesis Florian Fabry
    04.07.2018 Dark matter Dane-Vincent Schlünz
    Structure formation in the universe
    Dark energy
    Inflationary universe
    Cosmic radiation
    11.07.2018 Video session