Outline of Physics 564

--readings refer to Povh, et al., Particles and Nuclei, and

Krane, Introductory Nuclear Physics

 

Historical background (Povh, 2.1) 

Scales and units (Povh, Section 1.1, 1.5)

 

I. Basics of nuclear physics

Basic notation (Povh 2.2, Krane Chapter 1)

Protons+neutrons=nuclei

nuclear masses and binding energies (Povh 2.2, Krane 3.2, 3.3)

nuclear radii—approx const radii (Povh 5.4, Krane Section 3.1)

scattering, cross-sections, and form factors (Povh 4, 5.1-5.4)

angular momentum and isospin (Povh Appendix A.2, Povh 2.4, Krane Sections 2.5, 3.4)

radioactive decay modes: (Povh Ch 3; Krane Chapter 6)

--ionizing radiation: alpha (Povh 3.2, Krane 8.1, 8.2), beta (Povh 3.1, Krane 9.1), gamma (Povh 3.4, Krane 10.1)

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

Liquid drop (Bethe-Weizsacker) formula for binding energies (Povh 2.3, eqn 2.8; Krane 3.3, eqns 3.28, 3.29)

Fermi gas model (Povh 18.1)

Detecting radiation: (Povh A.2, Krane parts of Chapter 7)

Interaction of ionizing radiation with matter ( Povh A.2, Krane 7.1, esp eqn 7.3)

Brief overview of accelerators (Povh Appendix A.1, Krane 15)

 

         II. Microscopic pictures of nuclear physics

Nuclear forces (Povh 17)

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

--meson exchange force (Povh 17.3, Krane section 4.5)

Nuclear shell model (Povh 18.3, 21)

--mean field and single-particle orbits (Povh 18.4, Krane Section 5.1)

Microscopic picture of radioactive decay:

Beta decay revisited (Povh 10.1, 18.6, 18.7,  Krane 9.2-9.6)

Gamma decay revisited (Povh 19.1-3 Krane 10.2-4, 10.6-8)

Alpha decay revisited (Krane 8.3, 8.4)

 

         III. Beyond nuclear physics

The subatomic zoo: quarks and leptons and vector bosons (Povh 7.4, 8.1, 10, 12, Krane 18.1, 18.2, 18.6, Wong Chapter 2)

mesons and hadrons (Povh 15, 16, Krane 18.3, Wong Chapter 2)

The Standard Model: Quantum electrodynamics & electroweak theory (Povh Chapter 10, 12, 13)

Quantum chromodynamics (Povh 8.2, 15, 16, Krane 18.4)

Feynman diagram (Povh 4.4, Chapter 9)