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SH2011 Theoretical Nuclear Physics 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SH2011 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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 in atomic nuclei from a microscopic point of view and give capability to perform simple calculations.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Recommended prerequisites: Quantum physics 5A1324 or corresponding.

Recommended prerequisites

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Own material and/or Kris L.G. Heyde, The Nuclear Shell Model, Springer.

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



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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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web SH2011

Offered by

SCI/Undergraduate Physics

Main field of study


Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Chong Qi,

Supplementary information

The course responsible is Prof. Ramon Wyss. Lectures are given by Chong Qi and Roberto Liotta. This course is alreay taught at the 2nd level.