• Class Number 3513
  • Term Code
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr James Sullivan
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
SELT Survey Results

Quantum Scattering (PHYS8304)

This course will explore scattering of quantum particles with both classical and quantum approaches, using examples from atomic, molecular and nuclear physics. Quantum effects will be explored through prototypical examples such as the Born approximation, Rutherford scattering and fusion processes. Descriptions will then be expanded to incorporate inelastic effects to mimic real scattering processes including the role of excited states and resonant processes. Semiclassical descriptions will be developed for high energy scattering, as well as approximation methods for lower energy processes, such as close-coupling and static exchange models. The course will also explore applications of scattering in various fields, such as atmospheric science and astrophysics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand the definition and interpretation of cross sections;
  2. Apply appropriate approximations to calculate scattering in different energy regimes;
  3. Use scattering techniques for applications in different areas of physics;
  4. Interpret real world scattering data in the context of the theory provided in the course;
  5. Make calculations of complex scattering problems, using simplifying assumptions;
  6. Communicate the relevance of the results of scattering measurements and calculations, in the context of experimental limitations and theoretical assumptions.
Dr James Sullivan

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Dr James Sullivan

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