### 20-21 PH3510: Atomic Physics

Aims: to apply the principles of quantum mechanics (from courses PH2210,
PH3210) to many electron atomic systems. To build quantitative models to
understand and predict the behaviour of multi-electron atoms, which
were introduced qualitatively in PH1920. To understand experimental
spectroscopy techniques and compare with model predictions.

On completion of the course, students should be able to:

• understand the basic theoretical physics of atoms and the interaction between

radiation and matter;

• understand the experimental techniques and results;

• appreciate the quantitative validity of models in describing the properties and

behaviour of atoms, when comparing to experiments;

• being able to generalize atomic physics concepts to nuclear and molecular

physics