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766665S Atomic physics 2, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 766665S  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Atomic physics 2  Abbreviation Atomic physics 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3251 Physics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 



Not lectured every year.

Learning outcomes 

After the course the student is able to explain the fundamentals of the numerical research in atoms, especially the Hartree-Fock type methods, and can interpret the basic features of the atomic spectra with the physical principles presented. The student will know the principal features of the existing codes in order to perform simple numerical analysis on the structure of atoms.


The goal is to form deep understanding of the structure of many-electron atoms and their electron-electron interactions and electron dynamics. The quantum mechanical formalisms are applied to the description of quantum states and transitions in a many-electron atoms. The students will be introduced to codes used in practical simulations. Model computations will be performed whose results will be compared to the experimental ones. This will familiarize the student to the steps in actual research: the models of atomic structure are refined using the experimental and computational methods simultaneously.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 26 h, exercises 20 h, self-study 134 h

Target group 

Primarily for the students of the degree programme in physics. Also for the other students of the University of Oulu.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

766326A Atomic physics 1 and 763312A Quantum mechanics I

Recommended optional programme components 

No alternative course units or course units that should be completed simultaneously.

Recommended or required reading 

Lecture notes, B.H. Bransden, C.J. Joachain: Physics of atoms and molecules.

Assessment methods and criteria 

One oral (if agreed) examination.


Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail

Working life cooperation 

No work placement period


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