NUCLEAR PHYSICS SH2302
8 ECTS credits
Lecturer and course coordinator:
Prof. Bo Cederwall
Department of Physics,
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
(AlbaNova University Centre for Physics, Astronomy and Biotechnology)
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 and the corresponding (dominant) interactions:
— 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
- Radiation protection information (To be studied carefully before the first laboration!)
- Alpha decay and spontaneous fission.
- Internal conversion.
- Mössbauer effect. Measuring the natural linewidth of an excited nuclear state.
- Gamma-gamma coincidence measurement.
- Construction of a nuclear level scheme based on the laboration Gamma-gamma coincidence measurement.
Prior knowledge from first-level courses in Modern Physics is assumed.
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
OTHER COURSE MATERIALS:
EXAMINATION will be in the form of a written examination and written reports from the laboratory work.
Please see the course course homepage for detailed course information.
A video presentation (designed for students in the Nuclear Energy Engineering Master's program) can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhBHp0wqnGM
Course coordinator and lecturer:
Bo Cederwall (phone 08-55378203)
Nuclear Physics / KTH
Last updated 2015-10-05 / BC