FYS9570 – Advanced Nuclear Structure

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Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

The course gives an overview of the fundamental models that are used to describe excitations of atomic nuclei. The emphasis is on concepts and phenomenological descriptions, without deriving stringent formal theories. Experimental data will be used to illustrate the phenomena encountered in nuclear structure physics, without going into technical details of how this data is obtained. The course lays out the foundation that allows students to interpret the observations obtained in typical nuclear structure experiments. The course will furthermore introduce numerical tools that allow students to perform theoretical calculations within basic nuclear structure models. 

The following topics will be covered: Liquid drop model, nuclear mass and binding, fission, pairing, shell structure, spin-orbit coupling, single-particle states, electromagnetic moments, nuclear shapes and shape coexistence, spherical and deformed shell model, Strutinsky method, collective rotation and vibration, particle-rotor model, cranking model.

Learning outcome

After having taken the course, you

  • ​have detailed knowledge of nuclear excitations and how they relate to fundamental properties of nuclei such as nuclear shape and shell structure
  • have a good understanding of fundamental nuclear structure models, (liquid drop model, collective model, shell model, Nilsson model, particle-rotor model, cranking model), the assumptions they are based on, and the parameters they use
  • have broad knowledge of nuclear structure phenomena and can interpret experimental observables and spectroscopic information with the help of nuclear structure models
  • are able to use numerical tools that allow to perform basic theoretical calculations
  • have a good overview of current research topics in nuclear structure physics

Admission to the course

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.

Overlapping courses


The course comprises 60 hours of lectures (four hours per week). One hour per week will be devoted to exercises and other practical applications such as instruction in the use of computer codes. Some exercises will be given as homework.

One home assignment must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


One home assignment must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

  • Final oral exam which counts 100% towards the final grade.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS4570 – Advanced Nuclear Structure

Grading scale

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

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 29, 2022 10:12:25 AM

Facts about this course


Every other autumn starting 2012.

If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.

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