Modern Physics

Course Description

This course is intended to develop basic theoretical tools needed to understand fundamental atomic processes. It will introduce you to modern quantum physics starting with the special theory of relativity and the foundations of quantum mechanics. Then it presents the basic concepts and principles of atomic physics. Topics may include the hydrogen and helium atoms, spin-orbit coupling schemes, hyperfine interaction, Lamb shift, atoms in magnetic fields, multi-electron atoms, Pauli exclusion principle, Hund's rules, diatomic molecules, Born-Oppenheimer approximation, electronic, vibrational, rotational and rotational-vibrational spectra;



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