| Nuclear & particle physics
Nuclear & particle physics

Seminar on the theory of particles and fields

Winter semester 2019/2020


Course number in the course overview: 118286

  • Organizers, organization & dates


    Dates & locations

    Seminar Wednesday, 10:00–12:00 KP/TP, seminar room 304
    Registration and preparatory meeting: Wednesday, 09.10.2019, 10:15

    Registration and guidance

    Prof. Dr. J. Heitger

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

    Certificate of performance

    Presentation and regular participation.


    Quantum theory and statistical physics.

  • Contents & literature

    Cosmology and particle physics

    Topic for winter semester 2019/2020
    Evolution of the universe
    © Uni MS/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. Thus, we refer to the seminar on the theory of atoms, nuclei and condensed matter at this point, which is targeted exclusively towards 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
    09.10.2019 Preparatory meeting
    16.10.2019 Observable fundamentals of cosmology Jonas Hallekamp
    23.10.2019 Friedmann-Robertson-Walker metric and Friedmann equation Mathias Kuschick
    30.10.2019 Thermodynamical aspects of the standard model of cosmology Luca Wiggering
    06.11.2019 Nucleosynthesis Jan-Hauke Graalmann
    13.11.2019 Neutrino cosmology Jan Nellesen
    20.11.2019 Phase transitions Anthony Pietz
    11.12.2019 Dark matter I: Introduction and "WIMP Dark Matter" Jan Riegelmeyer
    18.12.2019 Dark matter II: "Non-WIMP Dark Matter" Thede de Boer
    15.01.2020 Structure formation in the universe Kai Benning
    Dark energy
    22.01.2020 Inflationary universe Justus Kuhlmann
    29.01.2020 Baryogenesis
    Cosmic radiation
    29.01.2020 Video session (if necessary right after the talk)