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:
Phenomena of nuclear properties and structure
Kinetics and theory of radioactive decay
Theory of nuclear reactions
Interactions of radiation with matter (including biological systems)
- Lecture #1: Introduction
Introductory lecture that gives the course organization and backgrounds on radiation and nuclear science.
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- Lecture #2: Radioactivity
Lecture #2 covers decay laws and basic radioactive decay kinetics.
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- 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..
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- Homework #1
Homework #1 covers the topics shown in lecture #2.
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- Homework #1 solutions
Solutions to homework #1
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- Homework #2
Homework #2 is a review of topics covered in lecture #4.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.
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A basic understanding of quantum mechanics will help with some of the later topics, but is not necessary.
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.
The first lecture is posted on lore.com and provides a general background on each topic to be covered.
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.