- Code PHYS8304
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Physics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Physics
This course can be adjusted for remote participants in Sem 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please contact course convener for details.
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the definition and interpretation of cross sections;
- Apply appropriate approximations to calculate scattering in different energy regimes;
- Use scattering techniques for applications in different areas of physics;
- Interpret real world scattering data in the context of the theory provided in the course;
- Make calculations of complex scattering problems, using simplifying assumptions;
- Communicate the relevance of the results of scattering measurements and calculations, in the context of experimental limitations and theoretical assumptions.
- Pre-workshop problems/assignments (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Workshop problems (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Modelling/simulation project (20) [LO 2,3,5,6]
- Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,6]
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Pre-workshop material coverage and questions should take approximately 4 hours per week. Weekly workshops will be 3 hours of length and there will be a 1 hour tutorial each week.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
None necessary, material will be provided as necessary.
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