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Claude Semay:

Tensors and Restricted Relativity (Fiche ECTS)

Second year of the Bachelor degree programme in Physical Sciences and Mathematics (60 hours)

These classes are divided into two parts:

  • The first part covers an introduction to Tensor Calculus.
    20 hours are devoted to the theory and 10 hours to practical exercises.

      My book published at Dunod covers all of the material covered in class and includes many sections and appendices for the curious reader (the contents are available here).

  • The second part is on Restricted Relativity.
    20 hours are devoted to the theory and 10 hours to practical exercises.

      My book published at Dunod covers all of the material covered in class and includes many sections and appendices for the curious reader (the contents is available here; the foreword is available here; the bibliography is available here; the illustrations are by Raoul Giordan).


Structure of High-Energy Particles (Card ECTS)

Second year of the Master degree programme in Physics (30 hours)

These classes are addressed to postgraduate students and expose them to state-of-the-art facilities and material concerned with studying the structure of high energy particles. The course contents vary from year to year according to students’ knowledge, from my own research activities and the latest science. Topics covered include (but are not limited to): the nature of quarks, the colour SU(3) and the flavour SU(3) groups, an introduction to quantum chromodynamics, potential models, the Bethe–Salpeter equation, methods of calculating with two and three particles, asymptotic freedom, and the nature of containment.


Nuclear Physics (Card ECTS)

First year of the Master degree programme in Physics (30 hours) 
Introduction to the study of the atomic core structure
(The physics of radiation and detectors is not covered because this module is part of separate degree programme).

General plan:

  1. General information
  2. Static properties of the atomic nucleus;
    Nuclear dimensions;
    Experimental determination of the atomic nucmei dimensions;
    Spins and magnetic moments of the nuclei;
    Electric multipolar moments, the shapes of the nuclei;
  3. The nucleon-nucleon interaction;
    Information drawn from the properties of the deuterium;
    Nucleon-nucleon collisions;
    Phenomenological potentials;
    Meosn theory of nucear forces;
    One-boson-exchange potential (OBEP);
    Isotopic spin;
  4. Nuclear shell model;
    The Fermi gas model;
    Comparison of the predictions of the nuclear shell model from experimental data;
    Extensions of the nuclear shell model;
    Microscopic justifications;
    Deformation of atomic nuclei and collective models.
  5. Nuclear reactions;
    Direct reactions;
  6. Elements of nuclear astrophysics.
  • L. Valentine, subatomic Physics, Vol. 2 (cores and particles), Hermann.   
  • K.S. Krane, Introductory Nuclear Physics, J. Wiley.
  • S.S.M. Wong, Introduction to Nuclear Physics, Prentice Hall.
  • C.A. Bertulani, Nuclear Physics in has Nutshell, Princeton University Press.

(This material is available at the library)

Fabien Buisseret:

Elements of Quantum Chromodynamics (Fiche ECTS)

Second year of the Master degree programmes in Physics and Mathematics (15 hours)

The theory of quantum chromodynamics (QCD) is an important part of the Standard Model of particle physics along with the electroweak interaction theory, which describes the strong quark-antiquark interaction. It rests on gauge invariance compared to the colour SU(3) group and gauge bosons as gluons. Its low energy and non-perturbative nature, related to containment, makes it impossible to use Feynman diagram developments in this sector. Fortunately, other approaches exist and make it possible to obtain many results illuminating non-perturbative QCD physics. The course covers this topic. In particular, chiral pertubation theory (ChPT) and lattice QCD will be studied, as well as colour confinement. These are the three most largely addressed methods in our current research.