Atomic, Nuclear, and Particle Physics
SCQF Level 10
Academic year(s): 2019-2020
SCOTCAT credits : 15
ECTS credits : 7
Level : SCQF Level 10
Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students
The aim of this module is to describe in terms of appropriate models, the structure and properties of the atom, including its nucleus, the classification of fundamental particles and the means by which they interact. The syllabus includes: electron cloud model of an atom, electron spin and magnetic moment, spin-orbit interactions, revision of single-electron atom and brief qualitative extension to multi-electron atoms, selection rules and line intensities for electric-dipole transitions; nuclear sizes, binding energy, properties of the strong nuclear force; radioactivity, the semi-empirical mass formula; nuclear stability, the shell model, magic numbers; energetics of beta-decay, alpha-decay and spontaneous fission; nuclear reactions, resonances; fission; electroweak and colour interactions, classification of particles as intermediate bosons, leptons or hadrons. Standard model of leptons and quarks.
Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PH2011 and pass PH2012 and pass MT2501 and pass MT2503 and ( pass PH3081 or pass PH3082 ) or ( pass MT2506 and pass MT2507 ) and pass PH3061 and pass PH3062
Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take PH4022 or take PH4037 or take PH4040
Weekly contact: 3 lectures per week with total of 3 replaced by a tutorial
Scheduled learning hours: 32
Guided independent study hours: 118
As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 95%, Coursework (quizzes) = 5%
As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 5%
Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7
Module coordinator: Dr A Kohnle
Module teaching staff: Dr A Kohnle, Dr D Cassettari
To present an introductory account of atomic and nuclear physics and elementary particle physics, including
By the end of the module, students will have a comprehensive knowledge of the topics covered in the lectures and be able to:
From the start of semester to approximately week 4:-
Atomic structure of hydrogen and of the alkali metals.
Atomic spectra and selection rules for optical dipole transition.
Introduction to spin-orbit coupling, fine structure of spectral lines.
Ordinary Zeeman effect.
From approximately week 4 to week 11:-
Binding energy of nuclei, liquid drop model of the nucleus - Stability of nuclei, alpha-decay, beta-decay, fission, fusion - nuclear shell model
Scattering, relativistic kinematics, cross section, luminosity, Fermi's second golden rule, resonances
The four fundamental interactions and Feynman diagrams
The standard model of particle physics: Quarks, gluons and hadrons
The standard model of particle physics: Phenomenology of the weak interaction
Additional information on continuous assessment etc.
Please note that the definitive comments on continuous assessment will be communicated within the module. This section is intended to give an indication of the likely breakdown and timing of the continuous assessment.
5% of the module mark is based on five online quizzes with submissions in weeks 4, 7, 8, 10 and 11.
This module contains material that is or may be part of the IOP “Core of Physics”. This includes
Energy momentum relationship
Nuclear masses and binding energies
Radioactive decay, fission and fusion
Pauli exclusion principle, fermions, bosons, and elementary particles
Fundamental forces and the Standard Model
Please view University online record:
Please also read the general information in the School's honours handbook that is available via st-andrews.ac.uk/physics/staff_students/timetables.php.