Rudiments of the Structure of Matter
To provide knowledge of the most significant experiments carried out in the study
of the electronic structure of atoms, molecules and solids. To explain the
theoretical models developed to describe and interpret the experimental data. To
apply the basic notions of quantum mechanics to solving problems regarding the
electronic structure of atoms (spin-orbit coupling, sum of angular momenta,
Zeeman and Paschen-Back effects and hyperfine structure).
– Electronic structure of atoms.
– Removal of orbital decay in alkali atoms. Orbital angular momentum and spin.
Spin-orbit coupling. Fine structure. Atoms in a magnetic field. Zeeman effect
and Paschen-Bach effect. Selection rules for optical transitions.
– Width and shape of spectral lines. Atoms with several electrons. The helium
atom. Pauli exclusion principle. Exchange integral. Composition of angular
momenta. L-S coupling. Hund's rule. j-j coupling. X-ray spectra. Nuclear spin
and hyperfine structure.
– Effect of the nucleus on atomic spectra. Spin and magnetic moment of atomic
nuclei. Hyperfine interaction. Hyperfine structure in an external magnetic
– Electronic structure of molecules. The ionized hydrogen molecule. Molecular
orbitals of diatomic molecules. Polyatomic molecules. LCAO method.
Hybridization. Crystalline structure and X-ray diffraction. Elastic diffusion of
X-rays by electrons. Diffusion by a set of diffusion centres. Bragg's law.
Crystal diffraction.
– Electronic structure of solids. Covalent solids, ionic crystals, molecular solids,
and metals. Periodic potentials and the origin of electronic bands. State density.
Experimental evidence of electronic bands. Photoelectron spectroscopy.
H. HAKEN E H. C. WOLF, Fisica Atomica e Quantistica, Bollati-Boringhieri, Torino
R. EISBERG E R. RESNICK, Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei and
Particles, Wiley, 2nd ed 1985
Lectures (about 24 hours)
Class exercises (about 16 hours)
Course material available from the professor's web site.
Preliminary written examination followed by an oral examination.
Oral examination.
Further information can be found on the lecturer's webpage or on the Faculty notice board.

Rudiments of the Structure of Matter

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