Syllabus academic year 2010/2011
(Created 2010-07-25.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. Optional for: F4, F4asf, F4tf. Course coordinator: Ingemar Ragnarsson, and Ragnar Bengtsson,, Department of Physics. Recommended prerequisits: FMFN01 Quantum Mechanics, Advanced Course (spin formalism, Dirac notation, operator formalism of harmonic oscillator). Assessment: The student must pass an oral exam, successfully complete some homework assignments and take active part in computer exercises, and have the written reports on these exercises approved. The grade is based mainly on the oral exam. Home page:

The course aims at giving a basic understanding of theoretical models used in nuclear physics, specifically focusing on the structure of atomic nuclei.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Basic properties of the atomic nucleus. Nuclear potentials, deformed nuclei. Coupling of angular momenta and Clebsch-Gordan coefficiants. Some topics of current interest like rapidly rotating nuclei and nuclei far from the beta-stability line are introduced. Creation and annihilation operators are discussed and the theory of superconductivity (BCS theory) applied to nuclei is presented.

The course includes some computer based exercises where realistic nuclear models are used to calculate some interesting properties of nuclei.

Nilsson, S.G and Ragnarsson, I: Shapes and shells in nuclear structure, Cambridge University Press, 1995 and recent reference material.