This course is intended to acquaint the student with the measurable
properties of nuclei and the principles necessary to perform these
measurements. The major part of the course will be an introduction to the
theory of nuclei. The principal topics will include binding energy, nuclear
models and nuclear reactions. The deuteron will be discussed in detail and the
nuclear shell model will be treated as well as the nuclear optical model. Elementary
Particles: The Fundamental Interactions, Classification of Elementary Particles
Conservation Laws and Symmetries; Quarks, the standard Model.
provides a working knowledge of nuclear structure, nuclear decay and certain
models for estimating nuclear masses and other properties of nuclei. Also
students will become familiar with the basics of elementary particle physics
and particle accelerators. They will have an understanding of building blocks
of matter and their interactions via different forces of Nature.
By the end of this
course, the student should be able to:
§ Explain that Nuclear Physics Course consists of two
parts, Physics of nuclei and Introduction to elementary particle Physics.
§ Get the essential elementary concepts with
comprehension of the phenomena governing reactor Physics.
§ Introduce the fundamental concepts of radiation that
control nuclear reactions, including fission and fusion that underpin nuclear
science and engineering.
§ Provide understanding of how electricity is generated
using nuclear reactors, through discussions of nuclear reactor types.
A student completing
the course is expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
§ nuclear structure,
nuclear decay and certain models for estimating nuclear masses and other
properties of nuclei.
§ familiarity with
the basics of elementary particle physics and particle accelerators and
understanding of building blocks of matter and their interactions via different
forces of Nature.
Scattering, various properties of Nuclei, the Liquid Drop Model and the Shell
Model, radioactive decay, fission and fusion.
particles into hadrons and leptons, and understand how hadrons are constructed
§ flavour quantum
numbers such as isospin, stangeness, etc. understanding which interactions
conserve which quantum numbers
§ carriers of the
fundamental interactions and have a qualitative understanding of QCD as well as
the mechanisms of weak and electromagnetic interactions