Nuclear Physics

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8 ECTS credits

Lecturer and course coordinator:

Prof. Bo Cederwall
Department of Physics,
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
Roslagstullsbacken 21,
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

Laboratory exercises

Prior knowledge from first-level courses in Modern Physics is assumed.

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

Lecture notes
Lab instructions

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:

Course coordinator and lecturer:
Bo Cederwall (phone 08-55378203)

Nuclear Physics / KTH
Last updated 2015-10-05 / BC


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