- Code PHYS8201
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Physics Education Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Physics
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Gregory Lane
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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In the context of the wide application of nuclear techniques, this course aims to introduce students to the key concepts in nuclear physics. These include:
- Fundamental nuclear properties
- Nuclear binding energy
- Nuclear transmutation and decay
- Exponential decay law and secular equilibrium
- Nuclear reactions, fission and fusion
- Basic nuclear models (shell model, vibrational model, rotational model)
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. explain basic properties of nuclei and the forces that bind them, and compare and contrast nuclear forces with other forces in nature and argue how the unique properties of nuclei ensue
2. recognise common types of nuclear reactions and critically discuss their applications
3. explain the origin and properties of radiation emitted by unstable nuclei and appraise their applications
4. read nuclear level schemes and interrogate web-based nuclear databases as tools for problem solving in the application of nuclear techniques
5. identify and interpret key characteristics in nuclear spectra in terms of simple nuclear models
An assessment portfolio, to be negotiated with students in terms of formats and weightings, will be based on:
- Homework, tutorial exercises and problem sets (LO 1-5)
- Written assignments/essays (LO 2, 5)
- Class presentation (LO 1-3, 5)
- Take home exam (LO 1-5)
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2 lecture hours per week plus tutorials plus homework and assignments
Preliminary ReadingJ. Lilley, Nuclear Physics, Wiley (2001) / K. Krane, Introductory Nuclear Physics, Wiley (1987)
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3856||24 Feb 2020||02 Mar 2020||08 May 2020||05 Jun 2020||In Person||N/A|