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Quantum Phenomenology and Radiation Physics

  • 7.5 credits

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.

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.


    During the autumn 2019

    David Marsh, tel: 08 5537 8597, e-mail:

    David Marsh, tel: 08 5537 8597, e-mail:

    Jorge Larana Aragon, e-mail:


  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Schedule FK5015 Autumn 2019 Daytime

  • 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)
    • A.Beiser, Concepts of Modern Physics, sixth edition (McGraw Hill) and some additional material handed out during the course.
  • Contact

    Academic Advisor: