402-0883-63L  Symmetries in Physics

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersN. Beisert
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


402-0883-63 VSymmetries in Physics
Course will start in the second week of the semester.
2 hrs
Tue11:45-13:30HCI J 3 »
N. Beisert
402-0883-63 USymmetries in Physics
Excercises will start in the second week of the semester.

Tue 15-16 or
Tue 16-17
1 hrs
Tue14:45-15:30HCI D 2 »
15:45-16:30HCI D 2 »
N. Beisert

Catalogue data

AbstractThe course gives an introduction to symmetry groups in physics. It explains the relevant mathematical background (finite groups, Lie groups and algebras as well as their representations), and illustrates their important role in modern physics.
ObjectiveThe aim of the course is to give a self-contained introduction into finite group theory as well as Lie theory from a physicists point of view. Abstract mathematical constructions will be illustrated with examples from physics.
Contentsymmetries in two and three dimensions, groups and representations, finite group theory, point and space groups, structure of simple Lie algebras, finite-dimensional representations; advanced topics such as: representations of SU(N), classification of simple Lie algebras, conformal symmetry

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersN. Beisert
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 20 minutes
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

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