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SH2011 Theoretical Nuclear Physics 6.0 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 17 Mar 2025 programme students

Target group


Part of programme

Master's Programme, Engineering Physics, åk 1, TFYB, Conditionally Elective


P4 (6.0 hp)


17 Mar 2025
2 Jun 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location


Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 17 Mar 2025 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 17 Mar 2025 programme students


Chong Qi,


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SH2011 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Nuclear force and second quantization
  • Fundamental coupling schemes
  • Basic excitations in atomic nuclei and collectivity
  • Nuclear deformation
  • Magnetic resonances and medical applications
  • Normal product and the Wick theorem
  • Tamm-Dankoff & Random Phase Approximations
  • Nuclear shell model, seniority and computation
  • Fission, fusion and nuclear energy
  • Nuclear astrophysics and nucleosynthesis

Key words: Central forces, spherical tensors and angular momentum coupling by means of 3j, 6j and 9j symbols. The one particle potential, one particle excitations and the effect of polarization (concept of effective charge). Two-body forces and excitations in two-body systems. Anisotropic harmonic oscillator and the Nilsson model. The cranking approximation, the Inglis formula and determination of the moment of inertia. Quasispin and derivation of the BCS-equation. Second quantization, Wicks theorem, the self consistent Hartree-Fock potential and Hartree-Fock-Bogolyubov approximation. The Tamm-Dankoff (TDA) and Random Phase Approximation (RPA). Broken symmetries and separation of spurious modes by means of the RPA. Restoration of broken symmetries and particle number projection.

Intended learning outcomes

The course gives an introduction to different models of theoretical nuclear structure physics. The aim of the course is to provide understanding of the fundamental excitations and decays of atomic nuclei from a microscopic point of view and give capability to perform simple calculations.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

Quantum physics


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Home assignments (INL1; 6 cr).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination



Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Chong Qi,