Courses & Units

Atomic and Nuclear Physics KYA323



Students majoring in Physics must take at least one of KYA322 and KYA323.

This unit is offered in even numbered years only.


Atomic and nuclear physics studies atomic and nuclear structure and our understanding of these phenomena based on quantum mechanics. Topics include alkali and alkaline earth spectra, the physics of angular momentum, exchange forces, spin and the Pauli principle, many electron atoms and the Zeeman effect, the periodic table; nuclear semi-empirical mass formulae, systematics of nuclear transformations, introduction to the nuclear shell model and introduction to particle classification and the standard model.Applications of nuclear physics to medical physics and medical imaging are introduced. Topics covered include radiation dosimetry, radiation oncology, medical imaging, nuclear medicine and design of medical linear accelerators

The laboratory program includes advanced individual experiments in selected areas of physics and/or readings and presentations covering selected topics in modern physics.


Unit name Atomic and Nuclear Physics
Unit code KYA323
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics

Teaching staff

Dr A Cole, Prof S Ellingsen and others

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,701.00 010301

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Teaching Pattern

3 lectures, 1 tutorial weekly, 39 lab hrs total


1 x 3hr exam (50%), laboratory work (25%), assignments & internal tests (25%)

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