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Understanding the Universe. Proseminar IKTP Allgemeine Qualifikation Bachelor Kurs Organiser: Prof. T. Cowan et al. WS 2011/12. List of seminar topics. 1. The story of matter (1, Chap. 1) 2. The standard model, the Higgs, and Beyond (1, Chap. 3)

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understanding the universe

Understanding the Universe

Proseminar IKTPAllgemeine Qualifikation Bachelor Kurs

Organiser: Prof. T. Cowan et al.WS 2011/12

list of seminar topics
List of seminar topics

1. The story of matter (1, Chap. 1)

2. The standard model, the Higgs, and Beyond (1, Chap. 3)

3. Accelerating and detecting particles- Particle accelerators and colliders (1 ,Chap. 2)- Particle Detectors (1, Chap. 2 )

4. Understanding nuclei and their decay

- Understanding nuclear stability (1, Chap. 1) - Nuclear reactions from thermal to relativistic energies

5. Revelations of the neutrino

- Weak interactions (beta-decay, double beta decay) (1, 4.3)- Mass of the neutrino (KATRIN)

6. Radioactivity in our everyday life

- Sources of radioactivity (Primordial, Cosmogenic, Artificial ) - Dosimetry and uses of radioactivity (medical, nuclear dating)

7. Nuclear power

- The fission mechanism and nuclear energy - Transmutation of nuclear waste- Fusion reactions and Fusion energy (NIF,ITER)

9. Origin of the chemical elements

- Stellar Evolution and Explosions (Star formation, properties of matter & radiation)

- The Big Bang and primordial nucleosynthesis (1, Chap. 4)

- Stellar evolution and explosive nucleosynthesis (1, Chap. 6, Chap.1)

10. Cosmology

- The cosmic microwave background (1, Chap. 4)

- The missing mass problem and Dark Matter (1, Chap. 5)

- The expansion of the universe and Dark Energy (1, Chap. 6)

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  • J.L. Basdevant, J. Rich, M. Spiro Fundamentals in Nuclear Physics – From nuclear structure to cosmology Springer, Heidelberg, 2005
  • A.C. PhillipsThe Physics of StarsJ. Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 1999