• Offered by Research School of Physics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Gregory Lane
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    See Future Offerings

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)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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

Indicative Assessment

  1. An assessment portfolio, to be negotiated with students in terms of formats and weightings, will be based on: (null) [LO null]
  2. Homework, tutorial exercises and problem sets (null) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Written assignments/essays (null) [LO 2,5]
  4. Class presentation (null) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  5. Take home exam (null) [LO 1,2,3]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

• Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour lecture per week and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week

• Approximately 94 hours of self directed study which will include laboratory work and lab book recording.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3487 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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