The course gives an introduction to modern atomic physics. It starts with methods to observe and measure properties of free and bound atoms. The main part is devoted to the quantum-mechanical description of one- and many-electron atomic systems. Relativistic effects, such as electron-spin and the fine-structure, as well as corrections for quantum-electrodynamic effects (Lambshift), are considered. Then the response of atoms in external electrical and magnetic fields plus applications are treated. The fundamental interaction between light and matter, and the principles of lasers and masers is a further subject. The course finishes with a paragraph on atomic collisions as an example for a time dependent phenomenon.
VT 2012 v 3-11. after this, the course will next be taught Spring 2013
Haaken-Wolf: 'The Physics of Atoms and Quanta',
Springer-Verlag, New York; 2001, ISBN 0-387-57874-9
G.K. Woodgate: 'Elementary Atomic Structure',
McGraw-Hill, London; 2000, ISBN 0-19-851156-6
B.H. Bransden&C.J. Joachain: 'Physics of Atoms and Molecules',
Hall, Edinburgh; 2003, ISBN 0582 35692
Required prior courses
For access to this course it is required that the course FK5012 has been passed or that equivalent skills has been obtained.
Course is given in the form of lectures, home excercises, and laboratory work.
written exam and reports on laboratory work.
During the course detailed information will be available here
Henrik Cederquist , tel: 08 5537 8626, e-post:
Erik Bäckström , tel: 08 5537 8629, e-post: