NUCLEAR PHYSICS SH2302
8 ECTS credits
The course is also given as an introductory graduate course [5A5420, 8 credits]
A brief video presentation of the course can be found here
The course covers selected topics in basic and applied nuclear physics, such as:
Basic nuclear properties
Nucleon structure, the quark model (in brief)
Nuclear forces, effective nucleon-nucleon interaction, two-nucleon systems
Nuclear decay modes;
the strong interaction - alpha-decay,
the weak interaction - beta-decay
the electromagnetic interaction - gamma-decay
Nuclear reactions, basic scattering theory
Deformed nuclei and collective motion - rotations - vibrations
“Microscopic” models of nuclear structure; nuclear shell model, mean field models, ab initio models
Nuclei under extreme conditions of temperature (quark-gluon plasma), deformation and angular momentum
Fission and fusion - nuclear energy production
Applications of nuclear physics in industry and medicine
Outlook: The research frontier
laboratory exercises will take place at AlbaNova, Roslagstullsbacken 21 except for the
internal conversion/beta decay lab which is given at Roslagstullsbacken 33.
Try to form groups of minimum 2 and maximum 3 students and sign up for the available slots in Canvas.
SUGGESTED COURSE LITERATURE:
K. Krane, Introductory Nuclear Physics, J. Wiley & Sons, 1988
N.A. Jelley, Fundamentals of Nuclear Physics, Oxford University Press, 1990
S.S.M. Wong, Introductory Nuclear Physics, 2nd Ed., J. Wiley& Sons, 1998
C.A. Bertulani, Nuclear Physics in a Nutshell, Princeton University Press, 2007
Grades are determined based on the result of the written examination.
All lab reports must be accepted, but they are not graded.
Grading scheme for the written examination:
E: At least 50% correct answers.
D: At least 60% correct answers.
C: At least 70% correct answers.
B: At least 80% correct answers.
A: At least 90% correct answers.
Fx: 40 – 49% correct answers
Links to nuclear physics labs and resources:
Nuclear Astrophysics Data - LBNL
Swedish Radiation Safety Authority
Society for nuclear medicine (USA)
ABC of nuclear physics
Are you interested in a M.Sc. diploma work project in Nuclear Physics? – Contact the course coordinator for information!
Nuclear Physics / KTH