Hadron Physics at Accelerators, Symmetries and Neutron Stars

Module PH2241

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH2241 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h  h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2241 is Laura Fabbietti.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Strong Interaction in the non-perturbative regime ( Low Energy QCD)

Chiral Symmetry Breaking (CSB) and possible Restauration (CSR)

Hadron properties in the nuclear medium and link to CSR

Meson-Nucleon and Meson-Nucleus Interaction

Hyperon-Nucleon interaction

Scattering experiments, pionic and kaonic atoms

Hadronic Resonances and Exotic bound state in low energy QCD

dense and strange matter

Link to dense and cold system as Neutron Stars

Learning Outcome

Modern experiments at different accelerator facilities to study low energy QCD processes involving hadrons and their interaction with nuclear matter under different temperature and density conditions will be presented. A complete overview of the observables and the techniques to extract the latter from experiments with accelerated beam up to few GeV will be provided.

The focus will be on Hadron properties within nuclear matter and in particular we will learn how this can be connected to a possible observation of chiral symmetry restauration. Another rather hot topic in our field is the tests with terrestrial experiments of diferent hypotheses for the content of neutron stars. The state of the art of this kind of research will be discussed as well.


KTA course I and II, Expert or Intro

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Hadronenphysik an Beschleunigern, Symmetrien und Neutronensterne Fabbietti, L. Donnerstag, 10:30–12:00

Learning and Teaching Methods

The course will be based on scientific articles, mainly experimental works, that will be explained and discussed.


The articles treated during the course will be distributed during each lessons to the students.

Slides with all the exposed material will also be made available to the students.

Explenatory examples will be presented at the blackboard.


Book: The structure of the Nucleon

A. W. Thomas and W. Weise 

Review Articles:

Hadrons in strongly interacting matter 
Stefan Leupold, Volker Metag, Ulrich Mosel (Giessen U.). Jul 2009. 80 pp. 
Published in Int.J.Mod.Phys. E19 (2010) 147-224 
DOI: 10.1142/S0218301310014728 



Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In a written exam of 60 minutes the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as an oral exam. In this case the time duration is 25 minutes.

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