Atomic Physics (F3211)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module will cover the following topics:

  • Fine structure in hydrogen
  • Hyperfine structure including isotope and nuclear spin effects
  • Interaction of atoms with external fields
  • Helium atom
  • Multi-electron atoms and the periodic system
  • Radiative processes, Einstein coefficients
  • Emission and absorption spectra, line broadening
  • Basics of molecular structure: vibration and rotation.


69%: Lecture
31%: Seminar (Class)


20%: Coursework (Problem set)
80%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 42 hours of contact time and about 108 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: