Atomic Structure


Physics 512.001

Fall 2009

Dr. N. L. Markworth

Physics and Astronomy


Class Schedule:

11:00 – 12:15 TR

318 Miller Science

Office Hours

MWF   01:30 - 03:30 PM

TR       01:30 - 03:30 PM (TEC)

Phone: 468-3001

Fall 2009

Room S-322F

Markworth's Home Page



This is a graduate level course in advanced atomic structure. The goal is to give the student an in-depth understanding of the field.

Credit Hours: 3

Pre-requisites: PHY 431 (Introductory Quantum Mechanics)

Program Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes


The text is Introduction to the Structure of Matter by John J. Brehm and William J. Mullin.



Statistical Distribution Laws

Heisenberg Resonance

Blackbody Radiation

Quantum Numbers and Selection Rules

Bohr Theory for Hydrogen and Hydrogenic Atoms

Vector Model of the Multi-electron Atom

The Classical Two-Body Problem applied to Atoms

Zeeman Effect

Solution of the Schrödinger Equation for Hydrogen

Dipole Radiation

Course work



Term Project


Problem Sets


The exams will be conducted on the following dates and will each cover a limited amount of course material.

September 29

October 29

December 17, 10:30 - 12:30

The term project is a paper and presentation on a topic in atomic structure of current interest.  The problems will be taken from the text. Complete, easily followed solutions are expected. Where graphical results are requested, students should use a good spreadsheet.

Grading Scale

A 90 – 100           B 80 – 89                   C 70 – 79                   D 60 – 69                   F < 60

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Students with disabilities

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