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Overview of Lectures (I). Introduction Fri. Week 1, Lindemann (L) Why do we study Nuclear Physics What will this course cover Shape and density of the nuclei 2. The Semi Empirical Mass Formula (SEMF) Thu. Week 2, Martin Wood (MW) The liquid drop model The Fermi Gas Model

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Overview of lectures i
Overview of Lectures (I)

  • Introduction

    Fri. Week 1, Lindemann (L)

    • Why do we study Nuclear Physics

    • What will this course cover

    • Shape and density of the nuclei

      2. The Semi Empirical Mass Formula (SEMF)

      Thu. Week 2, Martin Wood (MW)

    • The liquid drop model

    • The Fermi Gas Model

    • Experimental verification

      3./4./5. Using the SEMF and transition to Shell Model

      Fri. (L) Week 2 & Thu. (MW), Fri (L) Week 3

    • The valley of nuclear stability

    • Nuclear decays (a, b, fission, others)

    • Natural radioactivity

    • The end of SEMF: Evidence of magic numbers

    • The Shell Model

Note: lectures in the Martin Wood starting 12:05

lectures in the Lindemann starting 14:05 (wks 1-4), 12:05 weeks 6-8

Nuclear Physics, Dr. Armin Reichold


Overview of lectures ii
Overview of Lectures (II)

6./7. Crossections

Thu. (MW), Frid (L) Week 4,

  • Experiments, natural units, conventions and definitions

  • Fermi’s Golden Rule

  • Rutherford Scattering

  • Breit-Wigner resonances and partial decay widths

    Note: No nuclear physics lectures in week 5 !

    8./9. Theory of Decays

    Thu. & Fri. Week 6, (MW)

  • Tunnelling model of a-decay

  • Selection rules and decay rates in g-decay

  • Fermi theory of b-decay

Nuclear Physics, Dr. Armin Reichold


Overview of lectures iii
Overview of Lectures (III)

10./11. Particle Interactions with Matter

Thu. & Fri. Week 7, (MW)

  • dE/dx by ionisation and the Bethe-Bloch formula (9)

  • Photoeffect, Compton Scattering, Bremsstrahlung, Pair Production

  • Cherenkov radiation

    12./13. Applications of Nuclear Physics

    Thy. & Fri. Week 8, (MW)

  • Particle Detectors

  • Fission Reactors

  • Bombs

  • Fusion reactors

  • Radioactive dating (notes only)

Nuclear Physics, Dr. Armin Reichold


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