FYS9545 – Resonances in Atomic Nuclei

Course content

The course covers resonance phenomena in atomic nuclei: giant dipole resonances, pygmy resonance and scissor resonance. The course gives an introduction to the theoretical background for these resonances, numerical calculations and how such phenomena are explored experimentally.

Learning outcome

Upon completing the course:

  • You will have knowledge of different resonance types in atomic nuclei and how these phenomena are interpreted
  • You master the theoretical background for the understanding of resonance phenomena
  • You have knowledge of experimental methods to study resonance phenomena in atomic nuclei
  • You will master codes for numerical calculations of resonances in atomic nuclei.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with FYS4545 – Resonances in Atomic Nuclei


The teaching will either be offered in the form of intensive teaching at summer schools; 2 weeks with 30 hours of lectures and 30 hours of hands on numerical calculations and student presentations, or as self-study.


Home exam in the form of a project assignment. 

For PhD students, generally higher demands are placed on the content of the project assignment.

Examination support material

All aids are allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






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