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.
Overview of the Course
Remembering Geiger, Marsden and Rutherford, Alpha particle scattering from metal foils
Overview of Nuclear Physics
Basic Nuclear Constituents and Properties
Measurement of Nuclear Sizes
Binding Energy, Nuclear mass, Semi empirical formula, valley of stability, Drip Lines
Inside the nucleons: quark picture
Information from Deuteron bound state
Information from Nuclear scattering
Nuclear Structure Models
Nucleon mean potential, approximation by specific solvable potentials, single particle energy levels, magic number
Moments, excited states and other predictions from shell model