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PH4042   Concepts in Atomic Physics and Magnetic Resonance

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 9.00 am odd Mon, 2.00 pm even Tue, 9.00 am Wed and Fri 9.00 (TBC)

This module builds on the atomic physics covered in PH4041 to look at the atomic structure of helium and many-electron atoms, magnetic interactions within the atom (leading to fine and hyperfine splitting), the Zeeman effect, and topics in atom-light interaction. These well-established concepts are then used in contemporary topics such as cold atom physics and magnetic resonance, both of which are current research topics within the School.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): The pre-requisite may be waived with special permission from the School.. Before taking this module you must pass PH4041

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take PH4037

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures per week with total of 3 replaced by a tutorial

Scheduled learning hours: 32

Guided independent study hours: 118

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 80%, Coursework = 20%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 80%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 20%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7


Module teaching staff: Dr G Smith, Dr J Lovett, Dr P Wahl

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School¿s Handbook for Honours modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.