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Department of Physics
Undergraduate Students

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

  • Multiplets

  • 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. 

Recent instructors
Lawler, Anderson, Lin.


Last updated: 2/18/2007
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