This course is discontinued

FYS9520 – Subatomic many-body theory I

Course content

Subatomic many-body theory is covered by two courses: FYS4520 gives an introduction to quantum mechanical many-body formalism and applies this theory on the structure of the nucleus, while FYS4530 – Subatomic Many-Body Theory II emphasises high-energy collisions between nuclei and phase transitions in nuclear matter. The courses consist of units of approx. 2 credits each. Each of the courses contains 3 basic units, and the rest of the units can be chosen among 11 other units, depending on the students' requirements. In FYS4520 the basic units are:

  • Formalism in non-relativistic quantum mechanical many-body problems
  • Microscopic mean field theory (Hartree-Fock approximation etc.)
  • Shell model of nucleus

The other two units are chosen among:

  • Time independent perturbation theory
  • Time dependent perturbation theory
  • Nucleon-nucleon interaction
  • Effective interactions
  • Pair correlations
  • Nuclear rotation-vibration model
  • Deformed shell model
  • Infinite nuclear matter
  • Neutron stars
  • Nuclear rotation-vibration model
  • Deformed shell model

Learning outcome

FYS4520 and FYS4530 – Subatomic Many-Body Theory II provides the student with knowledge about a modern quantum mechanical many-body description of nuclear systems.


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Overlapping courses

10 credits with FYS4520 – Subatomic many-body theory I (discontinued)


The course extends over a full semester with 3 hours of lectures and 2 hours of problem solving per week.


Written exam after each completed unit. Final oral exam.

Grading scale

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

Facts about this course






Every autumn

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.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)