Introduction to nuclear physics and measurements
Prof. Nicolas Pauly – Université Libre de Bruxelles
3 ECTS
^{90 hours study time}
 24 contact hours theory
 9 contact hours exercises/laboratory sessions/visits
 0 hours additional personal work (reading etc.)

 To understand the basic properties of a nucleus
 To analyze the role of conservation laws in decay processes and reactions
 To understand the principles of neutron physics related to nuclear fission reactions
 To describe interactions of radiation with matter
 To describe characteristics of main particle detectors
 To understand the principles of particles accelerators

 Nuclear physics (10h)
 Nuclear properties (nuclear radius; mass and abundance of nuclides; nuclear binding
energy; nuclear exited states)  Elementary introduction to nuclear models (drop & shell)
 Radioactive decay: radioactive decay law, radioactive motherdaughter chains, natural
radioactive chains, types of radioactive decay, units of radioactivity  Alpha, Beta and Gamma decay
 Fission and fusion
 Nuclear properties (nuclear radius; mass and abundance of nuclides; nuclear binding
 Interactions of particles with matter (4h)
 Nuclear detectors (8h)
 Accelerators (2h)
 Nuclear physics (10h)

The PowerPoint presentations of the lectures are available on the BNEN website.
Other useful references:
 Krane, K.S. “Introductory Nuclear Physics”, John Wiley, 1987.
 Tavernier, S. “Experimental techniques in nuclear and particle physics”, SpringerVerlag, 2010.
 Knoll, G.F. “Radiation detection and measurement”, 4 ed., Wiley, 2010.

Bachelor level lectures on physics, mechanics, and mathematics.

 First and second session: written examination (closed book).
 Laboratory sessions are compulsory and count for 20% of the global mark (report + attendance).
 Laboratory sessions cannot be repeated in the second session.