Physics 545: Introduction to Atomic Structure
This course is an introduction to:
- The structure and properties of atoms
- Nuclear atom
- Hydrogen atom
- Bohr/deBroglie model
- Electron spin
- Quantum theory
- Lamb shifts
- Fine and hyperfine structure
- External fields.
- Many electron atoms
- Central field
- Pauli principle
- Periodic table
- X-ray spectra
- Vector coupling
- Systematics of ground states
- Interaction of atoms with light
This course is aimed at advanced undergraduate and graduate students in astronomy, chemistry, engineering, and physics who desire or need a good understanding of the properties of atoms.
The course assumes a basic understanding of quantum theory, though many aspects of it will be reviewed in the course.
Typical coursework includes homework assignments, two hour exams, and a research paper.
The text often used is Elementary Atomic Structure, by Woodgate.
Lawler, Anderson, Lin.