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Atomic and Molecular Physics

  • Number of credits 7.5 Credits
  • Level Bachelor's level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2018

About the course

Atomic and molecular physics is of fundamental importance in an education in physics. To start with, it is the most direct, concrete application of quantum mechanics. Thus, it promotes the understanding of, and concretizes the importance of quantum mechanics. Moreover, fundamental atomic and molecular structure is the basics for all that we know about matter. In order to understand e.g. condensed matter, nuclear physics and particle physics, one must first learn the basics in atomic and molecular physics. Included in the course will be fundamental atomic and molecular structure. Systems will be treated with an increasing level of complexity. First, we go through the hydrogen atom, thereafter helium, alkali atoms and other atoms. A concrete application of perturbation theory is given when one starts with a central field approximation and then step by step introduces orbital angular momentum, spin, spin-orbit interaction, nuclear effects and the influences of external fields. The treated molecules are to start with diatomic. Bond mechanisms such as ionic bonds and covalent bonds are introduced and placed on a quantum mechanical footing. Vibrational and rotational structure is treated, as is the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. At the end of the course, we treat polyatomic molecules.

Application and eligibility

Atomic and Molecular Physics, 7.5 hp

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2018 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


Lectures begin on week starting 5 November 2018


Lectures end during the week of 14 January 2019

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 50%

Required Knowledge

Quantum Mechanics 1, or equivalent.


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



The online application opens 15 March 2018 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 16 April 2018.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

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Tuition fee, first instalment


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Contact us

Contactperson for the course is: Claude Dion

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