Undergraduate Course: Nuclear Physics (PHYS11041)
|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
|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.
Energetics. Tunneling effect and probability. Geiger-Nuttall plot. Transition rates and selection rules.
Electron and positron spectra. (Neutrino mass). Kurie plot. Fermi theory of beta decay. Fermi and Gamow-Teller interactions. Transition rates and selection rules. Electron capture. Neutrinos. Parity violation in beta decay.
Energetics. Weisskopf units. Transition rates and selection rules. Angular distribution measurements. Internal conversion.
Nomenclature and general features. Conservation laws. Reference frames and transformation laws. Cross section. Energy spectra. Angular distributions. Elastic scattering. Direct reactions. Compound nucleus reactions. (Heavy-ion reactions).
Nuclear physics applications:
Sources of radiation and their interaction with matter: charged particles, gamma rays, neutrons. Bethe-Bloch formula. Bragg curve. Particle range. Photo-electric effect, Compton scattering, pair production. Neutron scattering and moderation. Radiation detection and measurement. Examples of practical applications.
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Degree Examination, 100%
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Nuclear Physics||2:00|
| 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 Q-values for alpha and beta decays and for nuclear reactions
4)apply conservation laws to nuclear reactions and transform quantities between laboratory and centre-of-mass frames
5)compare and constrast different reaction mechanisms in relation to cross-sections, 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
|Course material will be made available in Learn|
|Course organiser||Dr Marialuisa Aliotta
Tel: (0131 6)50 5288
|Course secretary||Miss Paula Wilkie
Tel: (0131) 668 8403
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