York Schröder: Lectures on Theoretical Physics (eKVV)


Theory I: Mechanics, Electrodynamics

Core undergraduate lecture on Classical Mechanics, Electrodynamics and special Relativity.


Quantum Chromodynamics

Lecture on the theory of strong interactions, for graduate students with knowledge of Quantum Field Theory. Covers basics such as Gauge symmetry, Lagrangian, Feynman rules, Quantization, Loops, Asymptotic freedom and Renormalization; Phenomenology such as Deep inelastic scattering, Jets, Gluon saturation as well as QCD and Heavy ion physics; and more advanced features auch as Confinement and Anomalies.


Proseminar on Physics

In this seminar, each student is required to give an oral presentation about a topic connected to the grander theme ``Milestones in modern physics''. Topics cover a broad range of (mostly Nobel-price worthy) 20th century physics. I set the stage by introducing all topics to be covered, and guide students to give successful talks, which includes learning skills like efficient literature research, organizing comprehensible and entertaining presentations, and initiating scientific discussions.


Theory II: Quantum Mechanics

This is the one of the core theory courses in our curriculum, and follows classical mechanics and electrodynamics. Topics cover wave mechanics, one-dimensional problems, the general formalism, symmetries and angular momentum, as well as discussions of the hydrogen atom, approximation methods, identical particles, entanglement and decoherence.


Physics Prep course

This course provides an overview of the mathematical methods used theoretical physics, aimed at incoming students. It covers elementary topics in Analysis and Algebra, linking to highschool-material and providing a common basis for first-year undergraduates.


Elementary Particle Physics

In this lecture, students with a background in Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity are introduced to the concepts of modern theoretical Elementary Particle Physics. The main topics include decay and scattering of relativistic particles, electromagnetic, weak and strong interactions, leading to the structure of the Standard Model, as well as to a discussion of structures beyond.


Multiloop Working Group

An informal weekly meeting for postdocs and PhD students in which we shall discuss modern multiloop methods, and work through some related basic literature.


AMM Seminar

This seminar is a preparation for Bachelor thesis projects in Elementary Particle Physics. In particular, we will discuss topics related to precision measurements and precision computations related to Lepton Anomalous Magnetic Moments.


Methods of Theoretical Physics

The aim of this lecture for first year students is to introduce the key mathematical concepts needed in the theory courses (which start the subsequent semester). The topics that are covered include vector analysis, differential equations, integration, linear algebra, and tensor calculus, as well as Fourier series and -transforms. All topics are motivated in their respective typical physics context. Furthermore, weekly (graded) exercise sheets are offered in order to deepen the understanding of the material.


Finite Temperature Field Theory

In this specialized lecture, the subject of field theory at finite temperature is introduced. Building upon concepts from Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Mechanics, topics include path integrals, Greens functions, perturbative expansions, renormalization, infrared resummations, collective excitations, hard thermal loops. While the main vehicle to introduce various concepts is scalar field theory, full QCD is also covered in detail.


Seminar on Elementary Particle Physics

In this seminar, each graduate student is required to give an oral presentation about a modern problem in Elementary Particle Physics. I gave a 6-hour introduction into the Standard Model, key experimental efforts, and current research frontiers, and motivated a number of topics that would form the backbones of the students' presentations. Furthermore, each student is guided towards identifying key strategies to prepare for research talks on current topics, and to sharpen his/her presentation and scientific discussion skills.