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FUF050 - Subatomic physics  
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-22 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKTFY
6,0 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: Swedish
Block schedule: C

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0106 Examination 6,0 c Grading: TH   6,0 c   31 May 2016 am SB,  06 Apr 2016 pm SB,  25 Aug 2016 pm M

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Professor  Thomas Nilsson


Environment 1,5 hec


In order to be eligible for a first cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme(s) that has the course included in the study programme.

Course specific prerequisites

Quantum physics F3


Subatomic physics covers the area of physics that describes the composition of the atomic nucleus as well as its properties and interaction with matter. The subject, earlier known as nuclear physics, has been enlarged to contain the interface between nuclear and particle physics and also nuclear astrophysics. World-wide intensive research activities are going on both theoretically and experimentally.
Based on the knowledge of quantum physics acquired in earlier courses the aim of the course is to give an introduction to the subatomic part of modern physics.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

The goal is to develop specific knowledge about the constituents of and structure of the atomic nucleus and to provide understanding of subatomic processes. The student will further acquire an introductory knowledge of phenomenological models describing the nucleus. The basics of elementary particle physics will be introduced and also intermediate energy phenomena at the border between nuclear and particle physics. Nuclear synthesis and energy production in the sun are also included. Description of experimental techniques will make the student acquainted with scientific methodology.


The most important sections of the course are
radius and mass, nuclear stability, radioactivity, alpha- and beta-decay, gamma emission, nuclear reactions, fission, fusion, nuclear models, elementary particles, cosmology, nuclear astrophysics and experimental techniques.


Teaching is mediated in lectures, problem solving sessions and laboratory work. The laboratory exercises normally include beta spectroscopy, coincidence measurements and neutron activation of silver.


Communicated minimum two weeks ahead of course


Assignments and written examination.

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