Curriculum / s

There will be three specialization paths:

 

  • PATH 1: Experiments and Instrumentation in large accelerators. Students following this path (50% approx) will start in Spain for S1 & S2, then go to France for S3 and finally will go to Italy (either Padova or Catania) for the Master Thesis in S4.
  • PATH 2: Theoretical nuclear physics. Students within this path (25% approx) will start in Italy (Padova) for S1 & S2, then to France for S3 and, finally to Spain for the Master Thesis in S4.
  • PATH 3: Applications and small accelerators. Students within this path (25% approx) will start in Italy (Catania) for S1 & S2, then to France for S3 and, finally to Spain for the Master Thesis in S4.

Specialization paths

The general scheme ECTs distribution of the Course is presented in the following table, giving the number of credits associated to each module according to the mobility and specialization path:

 

PATH 1 - EXP: Large accelerators (~1/2 of the students*)

PATH 2 - THEO: Theoretical Nuclear Physics (~1/4 of the students*)

PATH 3 - APP: Small accelerators (~1/4 of the students*)

 

 

MOD1

MOD2

MOD3

MOD4

MOD5

 

 

EXP

THEO

APP

 

 

 

PATH 1

24

24 or 12

12

12 or 24

6

12

30

PATH 2

24

12

36

0

6

12

30

PATH 3

24

12 or 24

12

24 or 12

6

12

30

Total

24

48

6

12

30

*) Experience coming from national master Degrees in previous years makes us to estimate that the number of students coming to path 1 will be around 50% of the total, while those selecting paths 2 and 3 will be around 25% in each itinerary.

The list the courses offered in each University for semesters one, two and three each year is given in the table below for each path separately.  Concerning semester 3, only 12 ECTS have to be obtained in regular courses, since 12 ECTS correspond to the internship and 6 ECTS are assigned to a common course (module 3, see below) which is compulsory for all students. Semester 4 is devoted to the preparation of the Master thesis in a host University, research center or company (MOD 5):

 

MODULE 1
Basic nuclear physics and tools
MODULE 2
Advanced nuclear physics (EXP)
MODULE 2
Advanced nuclear physics (THEO)
MODULE 2
Advanced nuclear physics (APP)
MODULE 3
Common Advanced Course
MODULE 4
Internship
MODULE 5
Master Thesis

PATH 1: Experiments, instrumentation and large accelerators (1/2 of the students)

Spain S1

Basic Experimental Nuclear Physics (6)

Quantum Mechanics
(6)

Atomic and Molecular Physics (6)

Advanced Experimental Techniques in Nuclear Physics (6)

Applied Nuclear Physics I (6)

Spain S2

Nuclear Structure: properties and models
(6)

Nuclear Astrophysics (6)

Introduction to Nuclear Reactions
(6)

Many-Body Theories in Nuclear Physics
(6)

Applied Nuclear Physics II (6)

France S3

Research Internship + Thesis project (12)

Common Advanced course (6)

Choice between

Metrology and data analysis (6) + exp.nucl.phys.+accelerators (6)

Applications for therapy (12)

Italy S4

Master thesis on experimental nuclear physics, instrumentation in large accelerators at LNL (Padova) or LNS (Catania) (30)

PATH 2: Theoretical nuclear physics (1/4 of the students)

Padova S1

Theoretical Physics 1 (6)

Theoretical Physics of Fundamental Interactions (6)

Nuclear Physics (6)

Physics Laboratory (6)

Radioactivity and Nuclear Measurements (6)

Padova S2

Subnuclear Physics (6)

Introduction to Many-Body Theory (6)

Introduction to Radiation Detectors + Introduction to the World of Work (6)

Nuclear Astrophysics (6)

Advanced Physics Laboratory A (6)

France  S3

Research Internship + Thesis Project (12)

Common Advanced course (6)

Choice between

Metrology and data analysis (6) + exp.nucl.phys.+accelerators (6)

Theoretical nuclear, atomic and collision physics (12) (strongly recommended for this path)

Spain S4

Master thesis on  theoretical nuclear physics  (30)

PATH 3: Applications and small accelerators (1/4 of the students)

Catania S1

Advanced Quantum Mechanics (6)

Advanced Statistical Mechanics (6)

Nuclear & Subnuclear Physics Lab.  (6)

Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics (6) or /  Nuclear Structure (6)

Advanced Nuclear Techniques Applied to Medicine/ Environmental Radiactivity (6)

Catania S2

Nuclear Reaction Theory (6)

Theory of the Strong Interaction (6)

Nuclear Astrophysics (6)

Experimental Nuclear Physics / Environmental            Physics Lab. (6)

Archeometry / Accelerator Physics and Applications (6)

France; S3

Research Internship + Thesis Project (12)

Common Advanced course (6)

Choice between

Metrology and data analysis (6) + exp.nucl.phys.+accelerators (6)

Applications for therapy (12)

Spain S4

Master thesis on applications and small accelerators  (30)

Courses will be taught in English. Students will be provided with the appropriate academic material in English.

It is important to note that in addition to the participant Universities, the associated Labs and Companies can be the hosts for internship and Master Thesis development. In particular, the following associated research centers could be the host for students: CAEN: Costruzioni Apparecchiature Elettroniche Nucleari S.p.A. through its branches CAEN Sys (Systems and Spectroscopy Solutions) and CAEN (tools for discovery) Electronic Instrumentation, CERN: European Organization for Nuclear Research (Geneva, Switzerland), CNA: Centro Nacional de Aceleradores (Seville, Spain), CMAM : Centro de Microanalisis de Materiales (Madrid, Spain), CIEMAT : Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (Madrid, Spain), CSIC: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain), INFN-LNL: Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro (Legnaro, Italy),  HGS-HIRe: Helmholtz Graduate School for Hadron and Ion Research for FAIR (Darmstadt, Germany), GANIL:  Grand Acceleateur National d’Ions Lourds (Caen, France), INFN-LNS :  Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Catania, Italy) (includes AOUP: Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Policlinico di Catania), INFN-LNF:  Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Frascati, Italy), CNRS-In2p3-LPC: Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique- Institut National pour la Physique Nucléaire et des Particules- Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire (Caen, France), ENSICAEN : Ecole Nationale Supérieure,  (Caen, France), TALENT : Training in Advanced Low Energy Nuclear Theory (EU-USA), HVM : Hospital Virgen Macarena (Sevilla, Spain),  CETIR : Image Diagnostic Company (Barcelona, Spain),  AAA : Advanced Accelerator Applications (Ibérica) S.L (Barcelona, Spain), Nucleopolis : Pôle Nucléaire Normand pour la Santé et l’Energie (Caen, France).