CONTENTS of the course at Department of Nuclear Physics, KTH

Spring semester 1997 (24h lectures)

Lecturer: Ramon Wyss

The course starts on wednesday 15nd January, 10:15 am, in F24

There exist two grand designs in nature at zero temperature - the solid and the liquid. Most systems belong to the former. Although the atomic nucleus is kept together via strong forces, we can assume that it forms a liquid. The potential energy is not strong enough to overcome the zero point motion of the nucleons....

The course in Nuclear Physics will give the student a first introduction to basic pehonmena in Nuclear Physics and important applications of Nuclear Physics in technology. The course will selected items such as:

the deuteron - the nuclear shell model - the liquid drop model - basic scattering theory - nucleon-nucleon interaction -

the strong force - alpha-decay

the weak force - beta -decay

the electromagnetic force - gamma-decay

deformed nuclei and collective motion - rotations - vibrations

fission and fusion - future sustainable nuclear energy production



K.Krane, Introductory Nuclear Physics


  1. Introduction and repition
  2. The Deuteron
  3. The Fermi Gas model - the Fermi liquid
  4. The nucleon-nucleon interaction, the nuclear potential
  5. The nuclear shell-model
  6. Collective motion
  7. Alpha decay and barriar penetration, WKB-method
  8. The Fermi theory of beta-decay, the neutrino, helicity
  9. Gamma-decay - electromagnetic interaction
  10. Fission - fusion - sustainable nergy sources
  11. Neutron Physics and applied nuclear physics


week 3 lectures: wednesday 10 - 12 F24,

week 5-9 lectures: wednesday 10 - 12 E53,

week 3-8 lectures: thursday 10 - 12 F32,

Five Laboratory exercises

responsible: Joakim Cederkäll, tel: 16 11 02

  1. Principles of radiation detection
  2. internal conversion
  3. the Moessbauer effect
  4. gamma-gamma coincidences
  5. Nuclear Reaction at the MSL-van de Graaf acelerator

laboratories start: week 7

sign up! SCHEDULE at Physics I, Lindstedtsv. 24, 1th floor

The examination will be based on the lectures and laboratory exercises
book: K.S. Krane, Introductory Nuclear Physics


Examination will be in approved home exercises and written reports from laboratory lessons

Home exercises will be put onto this homepage!!


The lecturer (Ramon Wyss) can be reached on telephone 790 8452, 161107 or by e-mail

The course assistant (Joakim Cederkäll) has telephone 161102 and e-mail



1) Beraekna N- och Z-linjen foer prompt proton- och neutron emission vid A=100,200 utifraan den semi-empiriska massformeln.

2) Foer vilka masstal kan atomkaernor fissionera utifraan den semi-empiriska massformeln?

3) Hur stor aer Coulombenergin foer tvaa protoner med samma medelradie som deutronen?

4) Loes uppgift 4.3 och 4.7 i Krane, sid 113,114