Modern Subatomic Physics, 7.5p ECTS
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  FYST16/FYS246: Modern Subatomic Physics, 5p

Course Description

What is FYST16/FYS246 about?

With this new course we aim at presenting important models and reactions used in contemporary subatomic physics in their proper context. This means that instead of simply following a textbook, we will present these concepts by intimately connecting them to actual experiments and projects presently in progress in our research groups. Since the subatomic physics research here in Lund covers a broad spectrum, the topics discussed will range from interactions at low energy (photon-induced reactions and nuclear structure far from stability) via intermediate energies (thermodynamical properties of nuclei) to very high-energy collisions (quark-gluon plasma).

For each of the different energy regimes, questions like What can be studied? How can we investigate this? How can we interpret the results? will be addressed. By combining information about the basic interactions, the tools (accelerators and detector combinations) needed to study them, and the models and simulations used to describe and interpret the processes, we can arrive at a "complete picture" of modern subatomic physics.

Who is it for?

The course is intended for anyone who wants to broaden the knowledge of nuclear and subatomic physics from a more experimental perspective. The topics covered are of interest not only to those who wish to specialize in the field, but also to people interested in subjects as varied as astrophysics, particle physics and experimental physics in general.

Taken together with, for example, courses in theoretical physics and experimental methods, FYS246 can serve as a gateway to graduate-level studies. (The course is also open to graduate students.)

Course particulars

The course is scheduled for the second half (LP4) of the spring semester. It will consist of approximately 12 lectures, to which will be added a study visit to MAX-lab. The examination will consist of the presentation of a small individual "research project". Given the participation of foreign students and lecturers, the lectures are often given in English. The project report and oral presentation should be in English.

Apart from the nuclear physics part of FYS023 (prerequisite), some quantum mechanics is recommended (but not required).


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