FYSJ5102 PH1: Nuclear Structure: from Small Nuclei to Massive Stars (JSS30) (2 cr)

Study level:
Postgraduate studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Mathematics and Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022


This course is organized in collaboration with course PH2. The following subjects will be discussed:

  1. Basic nuclear phenomenology
  2. Using simple quantum mechanics example applied to nuclear case: finite square well
  3. Phenomenological potentials
  4. Discussion on numerical solvers (introduction to computing nuclei)
  5. Mean field methods: Hartree Fock
  6. Phenomenological interactions: how they work and how we build them?
  7. From Hartree-Fock to density functional theory
  8. An overview on modern functionals: achievements and well-known problems
  9. Extrapolation: can we predict nuclear properties in unknown regions?
  10. Introduction to Neutron Stars: what’s the role of nuclear physics?

Learning outcomes

  • Application of quantum mechanics concepts to nuclear case
  • Understanding of basic nuclear phenomenology
  • Understanding of mean field techniques
  • Application of mean field methods to realistic cases using existing solver
  • Understanding of the basic physics of neutron star
  • Comparing models with data

Description of prerequisites

Basic coding skills, quantum mechanics

Completion methods

Method 1

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Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (2 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Study methods:
Lectures and exercises