4th year course (Nuclear Physics)

Basic Concepts in Nuclear Physics (Slides)

Binding energies, Radii, Conservation rules, Nuclear chart table

(Fundamentals in nuclear physics, Basdevant, Rich, Spiro - Chap.1 and 2)

(Liquid Drop ModelShell ModelIsospin)

Introduction to Radiation Processes (Slides)

Radioactive Decay, Decay law, Activity, Decay chains and daughter activities, Half-lives, 

Natural radioactivity, Radiation measures, Rocks dating, Radiocarbon dating

(Fenomeni Radioattivi, Bendiscioli - Chap.1, 2, 3) 

(Isotope geology, Allègre, Christopher Sutcliffe)

(Bateman Equations (American Journal Physics) 

Quantum Radioactive Decay

Fermi Golden rule

(Modern Quantum Physics, Sakurai, pgs. 316-333)

Gamma Decay (Slides)

General properties of gamma radiation, dipole transition and selection rules 

(Basic Ideas and Concepts in Nuclear Physics, Heyde - Chap. 6) 

Beta Decay (Slides)

General properties of the weak interaction, Parity non conservation, Transition rates, ft values, Neutrino mass measurements, Allowed processes, Forbidden processes, Selection rules 

(Fenomeni Radioattivi, Bendiscioli - Chap.7, 8 and 9)

(Introductory Nuclear Physics, Wong)

More materials: 

Alpha Decay (Slides)

General properties, Systematics, Gamow theory, Selection rules 

(Basic Ideas and Concepts in Nuclear Physics, Heyde - Chap. 4)

(for the WKB theory see Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, Griffiths - Chap. 8 and also this short essay)

History of Nuclear Fission 

(American Scientific special issue and History of neutron discovery, Reed)

Theory of Nuclear fission (Slides

(Introductory Nuclear Physics, Krane - Chap. 13,

and The Bohr-Wheeler spontaneous fission limit, Reed with appendix)

Neutron Cross sections (Slides)

Chain Reaction and Reactors (Slides

Four-factor formula, Diffusion equation, Prompt and delayed neutrons, Xe135 poisoning and overview of power reactor 

(Principles of Nuclear Physics, Lilley - Chap. 10)


Chicago Pile history, Oklo - The First Nuclear Reactor (Slides

(The First reactorLa pila di Fermi, Salvetti; The natural nuclear reactor at Oklo, Karam; The workings of an ancient nuclear reactor, Meshik)

Uranium (Slides)

Mining, production, enrichment, reprocessing, waste disposal and economy 

(Nuclear Energy, Bodansky; Uranium Red Book

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