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Quantum Phenomenology and Radiation Physics

Do you want to learn more about quantum mechanics and applications in radiation physics? This course covers the basics, with focus on relevant applications in radiation physics, such as atomic physics, molecules, solid state physics and nuclear physics. The course provides a base for further studies in radiation physics.

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This course takes off after a basic course in quantum mechanics and you will learn more about quantum mechanics, such as how a physical system can be in two states simultaneously and how we can describe that as an expansion in base states. You will also learn about the matrix representation and about spin and addition of angular momentum and how perturbation theory can be used to solve difficult problems.

In this course, you will also apply quantum mechanics on other parts of physics, such as Hydrogen like atoms, many electron atoms, molecules and solid-state physics. You will also get acquainted with nuclear physics and learn about the atomic nucleus, nuclear methods and radioactive decay.

The course focus on applications of relevance in medical radiation physics.

  • Course structure

    This is a first cycle course given during the daytime. The course is part of the Master's programme in medical physics. It can also be studied as a separate course.

    Teaching format

    The education on the course typically includes three lectures and three tutorials per week. Students are encouraged to solve a broad spectrum of problems related to the various parts of the course.


    The course is examined through a written exam at the end of the course.


    David Marsh

    Phone: +468 5537 8597


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Primary: Lecture notes in English, which are provided to registered on the course through the learning management system Athena.


    • D.J.Griffiths, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, second edition (Pearson or Cambridge University Press)
    • Quantum Phenomenology and Radiation Physics, D. Marsh
  • Course reports

  • More information

    When can I apply?

    Registration is open from mid-March to mid-April for courses that run in the fall, and from mid-September to mid-October for courses that run in the spring.

    Please note that many courses open for late registration in mid-July for courses in the autumn term and in mid-December for courses in the spring term.

    Read our step by step guide on how to apply

  • Contact

    Course coordinator and teacher:
    David Marsh, phone: +468 5537 8597, e-mail:

    Ahmed Abouelkomsan, e-mail:


    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics:

    Student office: