- 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
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr James Sullivan
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
First Semester 2023
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In 2023, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.
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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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
• Face-to face component which may consist of 1x 3 hour workshop and 2 x 1 hour tutorials per week.
• Approximately 70 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
None necessary, material will be provided as necessary.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3356||20 Feb 2023||27 Feb 2023||31 Mar 2023||26 May 2023||In Person||N/A|