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Module PY3P05 Atomic and Nuclear Physics

Cohort: JS Physics, JS Physics and Astrophysics, JS Theoretical Physics

Credits: 5

Lecturers: Professor P. Gallagher, E. C. Finch

Duration: Hilary Term, Atomic & Molecular Spectroscopy: 15 lectures, Nuclear Structure: 15 lectures

Assesment: End of Year Exam.

Part I: Atomic & Molecular Spectroscopy
One-electron and multi-electron atoms, orbital and spin angular momentum, shell structure, Aufbau principle, electric and magnetic moments, spin-orbit coupling and fine structure, Lamb shift, addition of angular momenta, term symbols, electric dipole and quadrupole and magnetic dipole selection rules, atomic energy levels and spectroscopies in electric and magnetic fields, linewidths, chemical binding in molecules, rotational, vibrational and electronic spectroscopies of molecules, traps, condensates and 'slow light'.

Part II: Nuclear Structure
Strong and electromagnetic forces and the nuclear potential. Conservation laws, including those for parity and symmetry. Nuclear sizes and their measurement. Nuclear electromagnetic moments.  Nuclear models, including liquid drop, shell, collective and cluster effects. Gamma decay, internal conversion. Beta decay, the Fermi theory. Nuclear reactions.