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Atom and Molecule Physics

Course Code :2001WETAMF
Study domain:Physics
Academic year:2020-2021
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:60
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Sabine Van Doorslaer

3. Course contents *

In this course, the electronic structure of atoms and molecules is being treated. The derivation is mainly based on the concepts of rotation-invariance and the succesive reduction in symmetry due to the different Hamiltonian terms. Are being treated: the hydrogen atom, central-field potential, rotation-invariance and momentum, Clebsch-Gordon-coefficients, Wigner-Eckart-theorem, commutators and their physical meaning, degeneracy and symmetry; atoms with several electrons: central-field approximation, orbitals, spin, Pauli-principle, Slater-determinants, correlation and exchange, LS- and jj-coupling, spin-orbit interaction, Zeeman-effect, Stark-effect, hyperfine interactions; interaction of atoms with an electromagnetic field; molecular structure: Born-Oppenheimer-approximation, molecular orbitals.