Department of Physics and Astronomy

Atomic Physics (F3211)

Atomic Physics

Module F3211

Module details for 2014/15.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

- Physics of the hydrogen atom
- Relativistic hydrogen atom (fine structure, antimatter)
- Hyperfine structure of hydrogen and the 21-cm line
- Interaction with external fields (Zeeman Effect, Stark Effect)
- Helium atom
- Multi-electron atoms and the periodic system
- Molecules and chemical binding
- Molecular structure: vibration and rotation
- Radiative processes, emission and absorption spectra


Pre-requisite: (F3239) Quantum Mechanics 1 [Level 5, Spring Term]

Module learning outcomes

Systematic understanding of the structure of atoms and molecules.

Detailed knowledge of the physical processes determining the properties of atoms.

Familiarity with modern applications of atomic physics in spectroscopy and astrophysics.

Ability to solve simple physical problems in atomic physics.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Problem SetT1 Week 5 33.00%
Problem SetT1 Week 9 33.00%
Problem SetT1 Week 12 34.00%
Unseen ExaminationEnd of Year Assessment70.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
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Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour222222222222

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

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