Nuclear Physics originated with Geiger and Marsden bombarding alpha particles on metal foils including gold, hundred years ago sometime in the year 1909.

The hundred year journey of Nuclear physics has been very exciting, both in terms of developing experimental techniques to probe at the length scale of femtometers and also developing right kind of theoretcical models to understand the vigorous activities going on inside a nucleus.

On one side it interfaces with Atomic Physics and on the other side with Particle Physics. This Basics course on Nuclear physics will give an introductory but still rigorous description of both experimental and theoretical aspects of the present understanding of nuclei and their interaction.

Module

Lecture

Topic

Overview of the Course

1

Remembering Geiger, Marsden and Rutherford, Alpha particle scattering from metal foils

2

Overview of Nuclear Physics

Basic Nuclear Constituents and Properties

3-4

Measurement of Nuclear Sizes

5-6

Binding Energy, Nuclear mass, Semi empirical formula, valley of stability, Drip Lines

Nuclear Forces

7

Inside the nucleons: quark picture

8-10

Information from Deuteron bound state

11-12

Information from Nuclear scattering

Nuclear Structure Models

13-15

Nucleon mean potential, approximation by specific solvable potentials, single particle energy levels, magic number

16-18

Moments, excited states and other predictions from shell model
Collective model

Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy as a tool for depth profiling

36-37

Nuclear Fission Reactors

38-39

NAA, PIXE, for trace element analysis

40-41

Radioactive Dating

42-43

Mössbauer Spectroscopy

44

Applications in Medicine

Quantum Mechanics up to three dimensional problems.

Introductory Nuclear Physics, by Kenneth S Krane, John Wiley and Sons.

Nuclear Physics: Principles and Applications, J. S. Lilley, Wiley.

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