- To learn and understand the basic properties of a nucleus
- To understand the role of conservation laws in decay processes and reactions
- To learn the principles of neutron physics related to nuclear fission reactions
- To describe interaction of radiation with matter
- To describe characteristics of main particle detectors
- 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 mother-daughter chains, natural radioactive chains, types of radioactive decay, units of radioactivity
- Alpha, Beta and Gamma decay
- Types of nuclear reactions: compound nucleus, threshold reactions, concept of cross section
- Interactions of particles with matter (4h)
- Nuclear detectors (8h)
- Accelerators (2h)
Course material and reference books
The PowerPoint presentations of the lectures, and extensive lecture notes, 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”, Springer-Verlag, 2010.
- Knoll, G.F. “Radiation detection and measurement”, 4 ed., Wiley, 2010.
Pre-assumed knowledge or prerequisites
Bachelor level lectures on physics, mechanics, mathematics.
Grading and examination
First and second session: written examination (closed book)
Lab sessions are compulsory and count for 20% of the global mark (report + attendance). Lab
sessions cannot be repeated in the second session