Nuclear Physics Fundamentals and Applications


This Course gives the basics of Nuclear Physics and its Application. The prerequisite is a moderate knowledge of Quantum Mechanics. The Course start with a description of the Pioneering Experiment Of Geiger and Marsden on Scattering of α (alpha)-particle from metal foils which lead Rutherford to purpose the Nuclear Model of atoms.
The Course given in the year 2009 and describes several developments till this time such as Neutrino Oscillations and Efforts in Fusion research such as ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor).

Course Content

  • Nuclear Size
  • Semi empirical Mass Formula
  • How are Neutron stars bound
  • Deuteron
  • Scattering of nucleons
  • Low energy n-p scattering
  • Theories of nuclear forces
  • Shell model
  • Collective models
  • Vibrational and Rotational levels
  • Radioactivity, Decay
  • Nuclear Reactions
  • Nuclear Fission
  • Nuclear Energy Programme of India
  • Nuclear Fusion
  • Nucleosynthesis of elements in Stars
  • Mossbauer Spectroscopy
  • RBS, PIXE, NAA