Outline of Physics 564

--readings refer to Krane, Introductory Nuclear Physics  (optional)

 

I. Basics of nuclear physics

Basic notation (Chapter 1)

Protons+neutrons=nuclei

nuclear masses and binding energies (Sections 3.2, 3.3)

nuclear radii—approx const radii (Section 3.1)

angular momentum and isospin (Sections 2.5, 3.4)

radioactive decay modes: (Chapter 6)

--ionizing radiation: alpha (8.1, 8.2), beta (9.1), gamma (10.1)

--nonionizing: neutrons (12.1,12.2, 12.3)

Liquid drop (Bethe-Weizsacker) formula for binding energies (3.3, eqns 3.28, 3.29)

Detecting radiation: (parts of Chapter 7)

Interactions of ionizing radiation with matter (7.1, esp eqn 7.3)

Brief overview of accelerators (Chapter 15)

 

         II. Microscopic pictures of nuclear physics

Nuclear forces

--schematic forces: delta-range, pairing, and quadrupole

--meson exchange force (section 4.5)

Nuclear shell model

--mean field and single-particle orbits (Section 5.1)

Microscopic picture of radioactive decay:

Beta decay revisited (9.2-9.6)

Gamma decay revisited (10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8)

Alpha decay revisited (8.3, 8.4)

 

         III. Beyond nuclear physics

The subatomic zoo: quarks and leptons and vector bosons (18.1, 18.2, 18.6)

mesons and hadrons (18.3)

The Standard Model: Quantum electrodynamics & electroweak theory

Quantum chromodynamics (18.4)

 

Possible additional topics: Nuclear fission (13.1-13.3), neutron reactions (12.4-5), nucleosynthesis and nuclear astrophysics, neutrino physics and neutrino oscillations.