PHY251 - From Thermodynamics to Atomic and Nuclear Physics

Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics

Prof Jamie Hobbs

(Module Leader)

Solids II

Prof David Mowbray

Atomic Physics

Prof Dmitry Krizhanovskii

Nuclear Physics

Prof Vitaly Kudryavtsev

Quantum Mechanics II

Prof Lee Thompson

Transverse Zeeman EffectModule Summary

This course provides the second half of second year core physics. Continuing the study of quantum mechanics this module applies the Schrodinger equation to increasing complex systems and considers some of the puzzles and paradoxes that arise in this field. The physics of the very tiny atoms builds on the quantum mechanics developed in this and the previous module. The introduction to nuclear physics covers the structure of the nucleus and key nuclear reactions which led to the fundamental breakthrough in our understanding of the micro-world and to the source of energy that powers millions of homes across the world. Thermodynamics and statistical physics introduces the concept of entropy and how it can be used to understand the state of systems above absolute zero, and demonstrates how basic probability concepts can be used to accurately model a wide range of systems from gases to photons. Finally the properties of electrons in a solid, vital to our understanding of technologically important metals and semiconductors, are covered.


Module description


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