Computational Atomic Physics with Applications in Astrophysics
Course, Master's level, 1FA261
Summer 2023 Summer 2023, Flexible, 50%, Distance learning, English
- Pace of study
- Teaching form
- Distance learning
- Number of mandatory on-campus meetings
- Number of optional on-campus meetings
- Instructional time
- Study period
- 5 June 2023–27 August 2023
- Language of instruction
- Entry requirements
120 credits in science/engineering with Quantum Physics and Computer Programming I. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.
Higher education credits in science and engineering (maximum 240 credits)
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees.
- Application fee: SEK 900
- First tuition fee instalment: SEK 24,167
- Total tuition fee: SEK 24,167
- Application deadline
- 15 March 2023
- Application code
Admitted or on the waiting list?
- Registration period
- 8 May 2023–4 June 2023
- Information on registration.
About the course
A summer course focused on theoretical atomic structure and processes in the context of astrophysical spectra. The course is taught from a practical, computational point of view using research-level scientific methods and codes with a strong emphasis on numerical ""experiments"".
The following subjects are introduced and used in practice throughout the course:
- Atomic structure: the central-field approximation, electron correlation, relativistic effects, bound and continuum states.
- Atomic processes: radiative transitions, photoionisation, electron scattering processes.
- Methods: Hartree- and Dirac-Fock methods for computing non-relativistic and relativistic atomic structure, configuration-interaction and multi-configurational Hartree/Dirac-Fock to include electron correlation, Z-dependent perturbation theory to estimate how different atomic properties varies with the nuclear charge, R-matrix methods for radiative and electron scattering processes involving the continuum.
- Applications: atomic parameters in the analysis of astrophysical spectra, basic plasma modelling in and out of equilibrium, partition functions, Saha-Boltzmann equations, setting up and solving the rate equations.
Outline for distance course: Communication between teachers and students is done using the learning management system and e-meeting tools. A computer with a stable internet connection and webcam is required. The course is organised in two parts. The first part consists of lectures and workshops during the first 4–5 weeks (until mid-July). The second part consists of a larger project that will be conducted during 2 weeks (distributed during July and August after agreement with the allocated supervisor). The course ends with a common seminar where the projects are presented.