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Micro Physics

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

To provide the student with a broad knowledge of modern physics and the structure of matter.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student must: Have a good understanding of fundamental concepts in quantum mechanics, and be able to convey its central experimental and theoretical results. In addition, have a broad understanding of concepts and methods of solid state, atomic, nuclear and particle physics, including semiconductors, atomic spectra, the periodic table, radioactivity and the standard model of particle physics. Finally, the student must be able to complete simple, illustrative calculations within these areas of physics.


Part I: Experimental basis of quantum mechanics. The Schrödinger equation. The wave function as probability amplitude. The uncertainty principle. Energy levels and stationary states. Solution of the Schrödinger equation - quantum numbers. Penetration of barriers. Harmonic oscillator.
Part II Atomic Physics and the hydrogen atom. Bohr's atomic model. The Pauli principle and electron spin. The periodic system.
Part III Physics and statistical physics of solids. Molecules and simple rotation and vibration levels. Band theory for metals. Semiconductors. X-ray spectra.
Part IV Nuclear Physics and Atomic nucleus. Radioactivity. Nuclear Fission. Nuclear fusion.
Part V Elemental Particles: Bosons and fermions. Mesons, baryons. Leptons, quarks and photons. The standard model and its development. Higgs particle.
Note that the exam will be given in the language in which the subject is being taught.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

FYS200 Thermo- and Fluid Dynamics, FYS300 Electromagnetism and Special Relativity


Oral exam
Weight Duration Marks Aid
O-DAY1 A - F

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Helena Kolesova
Course coordinator
Diana Lucia Quintero Castro
Head of Department
Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

4 hours lectures and 2 hours exercises every week.

Open to

Mathematics and Physics - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Mathematics and Physics, 5-year integrated Master's Programme

Course assessment

Usually by forms and/or discussion according to university regulations.


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 15.08.2020