Undergraduate Course: Nuclear Physics (PHYS11041)
Course Outline
School  School of Physics and Astronomy 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate) 
Availability  Available to all students 
SCQF Credits  10 
ECTS Credits  5 
Summary  The course will build on the Subatomic Physics course by further exploring the fundamentals of nuclear matter as well as considering some of the most important applications of nuclear physics. Topics to be studied will include decay modes, nuclear reactions, and nuclear astrophysics. The lecture course will be integrated with problem solving classes. 
Course description 
Alpha decay:
Energetics. Tunneling effect and probability. GeigerNuttall plot. Transition rates and selection rules.
Beta decay:
Electron and positron spectra. (Neutrino mass). Kurie plot. Fermi theory of beta decay. Fermi and GamowTeller interactions. Transition rates and selection rules. Electron capture. Neutrinos. Parity violation in beta decay.
Gamma decay:
Energetics. Weisskopf units. Transition rates and selection rules. Angular distribution measurements. Internal conversion.
Nuclear reactions:
Nomenclature and general features. Conservation laws. Reference frames and transformation laws. Cross section. Energy spectra. Angular distributions. Elastic scattering. Direct reactions. Compound nucleus reactions. (Heavyion reactions).
Nuclear physics applications:
Sources of radiation and their interaction with matter: charged particles, gamma rays, neutrons. BetheBloch formula. Bragg curve. Particle range. Photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, pair production. Neutron scattering and moderation. Radiation detection and measurement. Examples of practical applications.

Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: None 
Course Start 
Semester 2 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
100
(
Lecture Hours 22,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 22,
Formative Assessment Hours 10,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
42 )

Assessment (Further Info) 
Written Exam
100 %,
Coursework
0 %,
Practical Exam
0 %

Additional Information (Assessment) 
Degree Examination, 100% 
Feedback 
Not entered 
Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)  Nuclear Physics  2:00  
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1)identify basic nuclear properties and outline their theoretical descriptions
2)understand the differences between various decay modes, state selection rules, and determine wether a given decay can take place
3)calculate Qvalues for alpha and beta decays and for nuclear reactions
4)apply conservation laws to nuclear reactions and transform quantities between laboratory and centreofmass frames
5)compare and constrast different reaction mechanisms in relation to crosssections, excitation functions, and angular distributions
6)summarise and account for the main aspects of at least one application of nuclear physics (e.g. Nuclear Astrophysics)
7)manage to solve problems similar to those discussed in the afternoon sessions
8)develop critical thinking and independent learning, work effectively within a team
9)produce clear and informative written and oral presentations
10)develop judgement capabilities through assessment of their own work and that of others

Reading List
Course material will be made available in Learn 
Contacts
Course organiser  Dr Marialuisa Aliotta
Tel: (0131 6)50 5288
Email: m.aliotta@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Miss Paula Wilkie
Tel: (0131) 668 8403
Email: Paula.Wilkie@ed.ac.uk 

