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Nuclear and Radiochemistry

The purpose of this course is to introduce the theories and phenomena of nuclear science. The course will be structured so that enough depth of understanding is obtained to apply nuclear science to your eld of interest. The fundamental ideas that we will focus on are:

  1. Phenomena of nuclear properties and structure

  2. Kinetics and theory of radioactive decay

  3. Theory of nuclear reactions

  4. Interactions of radiation with matter (including biological systems)

Lectures
  1. Lecture #1: Introduction

    Introductory lecture that gives the course organization and backgrounds on radiation and nuclear science.
    Click here for lecture #1.

    • Lecture #2: Radioactivity

      Lecture #2 covers decay laws and basic radioactive decay kinetics.
      Click here for lecture #2.

      • Lecture #3: Nuclear properties and reactions

        Lecture #3 discusses Q-values of nuclear reactions and how to calculate basic reaction rates for reactions where a particle is shot at a target..
        Click here for lecture #3.

        • Homework #1

          Homework #1 covers the topics shown in lecture #2.
          Click here for homework #1.

          • Homework #1 solutions

            Solutions to homework #1
            Click here for homework #1 solutions.

            • Lecture #4: Nuclear mass and the shell model

              Lecture #4 covers the nuclear force, the semi-empirical mass formula (SEMF), and the shell-model for the nuclear force.
              Click here for lecture #4

              • Lecture #5: Parity and collective states

                Lecture #5 covers the spin and parity of the wave-functions of nuclear states, as well as different excitation modes.
                Click here for lecture #5.

                • Homework #2

                  Homework #2 is a review of topics covered in lecture #4.
                  Click here for homework #2.

                  • Lecture #6: Gamma radiation/emission

                    Lecture #6 focuses on gamma decay, gamma radiation selection rules, and decay transition rates. Internal conversion is also lightly touched on.
                    Click here for lecture #6.

                    • Lecture #7: Beta radiation and electron capture

                      Lecture #7 discusses beta decay and electron capture. Selection rules for decay are lightly covered, as a detailed description would require a deep analysis of Fermi's Golden Rule.
                      Click here for lecture #7.

                      • Lecture #8: Alpha radiation

                        Lecture #8 discusses alpha decay kinetics, selection rules, and briefly how it is used to measure the masses of heavy transuranics.
                        Click here for leacture #8.

                        • Lecture #9: Nuclear reactions

                          Lecture #9 covers nuclear reactions including reaction types, reaction energy spectra, and cross-sections. It is shown how to estimate reaction cross-sections on classical and quantum-mechanical bases.
                          Click here for lecture #9.

                          Prerequisites

                          A basic understanding of quantum mechanics will help with some of the later topics, but is not necessary.

                          Syllabus

                          The course will be hosted on lore.com. Lectures and homeworks will be posted once a week on Fridays. Homework will cover the topics explained in the previous week and solutions will be posted the following week. Please attempt the homework problems before looking at the solutions so that you can understand the material better.

                          Additional information

                          The first lecture is posted on lore.com and provides a general background on each topic to be covered.

                          Teacher qualifications

                          I graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering and a B.S. in nuclear engineering, and am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in nuclear engineering. Additionally, I TA'd a one-semester course on nuclear and radiochemistry. Course material is based off of the material that I TA'd and some extra material published by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

                          Latest Update
                          Lecture #9 is up (2013-07-06 15:50:06)

                          "Hi all,

                          Sorry for the length of time in-between lectures. Summer has been very busy, giving me an intern and requiring me to go to Oak Ridge,TN every few weeks to prepare samples. But I finally got lecture #9 done. This lecture covers nuclear reactions and estimating cross-sections.

                          Happy learning!"

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