cod. 1004038

Academic year 2013/14
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Fisica nucleare e subnucleare (FIS/04)
Microfisico e della struttura della materia
Type of training activity
52 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Integrated course unit module: INTRODUCTION TO THE PHYSICS OF MATTER

Learning objectives

The course will provide a basic knowledge of the main aspect of the Physics of Matter: particle physics, nuclear physics, atomic and molecular physics using relativity and quantum mechanics.


Basic knowledge of classical physics, special relativity and qauntum mechanics

Course unit content

Mass and energy -relativistic dynamics

Nuclear Physics - SEMF - Nuclear Models - Shell model

Nuclear reactions - Radioactive decays - Energetics of nuclear reactions

Neutron activation - C14 dating - Rutherford Backscattering - PIXE - PIGE

Fission - Fusion

Atoms - Hydrogen Atom - Angular moments - vector model - Spin - Symmetries - Selection rules - spin-orbit interaction - LS and jj coupling - perturbation theory and variational method - He atom - Zeeman effect - electronic configurations - atomic spectra - equivalent electrons - levels - states - degeneracy - multielectron atoms - Hartree Fock method and Slater determinant - XPS

Moleculs - MO-LCAO - Classification of states - Approximation techniques - Molecular spectroscopy (vibrational, IR, Raman, UV-VIS) - Density functional

Symmetries ed applications of group theory - Selection rules

Elementary particles - Classifications - conservation laws - Quarks and standard model

Full programme

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Notes given by the teacher

P.A. Tipler, R.A. Llewellyn: Modern Physics, WH Freeman
P. Atkins, Paula, F. Friedman: Quanta, Matter and Change, WH Freeman
B.R. Martin: Nuclear and Particle Physics. An introduction, Wiley
H. Haken, H.C. Wolf: The physics of atoms and quanta, Springer
P. Atkins, F. Friedman: Molecular Quantum Mechanics, Oxford UP
W.N. Cottingham, D.A.Greenwood: An introduction to nuclear physics, Cambridge UP
P.J. Mulders, W. Ubachs: The structure of Matter, UUA
W. Loveland, D.J. Morrison, G.T. Seaborg: Modern Nuclear Chemistry, Wiley
R.A. Serway, C.J. Moses, C.A. Moyer: Modern Physics, Thomson
R.G. Mortimer: Physical Chemistry, AP

Teaching methods

Class lectures.

Class exercises

Assessment methods and criteria

Written and oral examination.

Other information

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