• Offered by Research School of Physics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr James Sullivan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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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.

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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Pre-workshop problems/assignments (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Workshop problems (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Modelling/simulation project (20) [LO 2,3,5,6]
  4. Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,6]

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Workload

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.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this program you must be active in a Master of Science in Theoretical Physics, Quantum Mechanics or Precision Instrumentation. Incompatible with PHYS4304.

Prescribed Texts

None necessary, material will be provided as necessary.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3800 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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