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 interactions between radiation and matter. 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
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, 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,
Revision Session 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)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify basic nuclear phenomena and outline their theoretical descriptions
- Apply learned concepts to the calculation of key nuclear parameters
- Manage to solve problems similar to those discussed in workshops
- Produce clear and effective essays on the main topics covered
- Develop critical thinking and independent learning while working as part of a group
|Course material will be made available in Learn|
|Course organiser||Dr Moritz Reiter
Tel: (0131 6)50 5286
|Course secretary||Miss Yolanda Zapata-Perez
Tel: (0131 6)51 7067