After passing the course the student should be able to
apply the models describing the basic nucleon and nuclear properties
describe the properties of strong and weak interaction.
explain the different forms of radioactivity and account for their occurrence
calculate the kinematics of various reactions and decay processes by relativistic calculations
describe the astrophysical processes leading to nuclear synthesis
classify elementary particles and nuclear states in terms of their quantum numbers
account for the fission and fusion processes and the basic properties of the nuclear and fusion reactors
explain the different processes by which ionising radiation interacts with matter and the functionality of detectors for radioactivity
explain the effects of radioactivity in biological matter
The course gives an overview of modern nuclear and particle physics, stressing fundamental concepts and processes. Methods of measurement and applications within other sciences and technology will be reviewed. Nuclear and nucleon properties and models to describe them. Strong and weak interaction. Alpha, beta and gamma decay. Quantum numbers, symmetries and conservation laws. Nuclear isotopes and decay laws. Nuclear reactions, fission and fusion. Nuclear and fusion reactors. Accelerators. Origin of the elements. Relativistic kinematics and cross section. The interaction of radiation with matter. Biological effects from radioactive radiation. Nuclear physics applications in industry and health care.
Laboratory exercise: Radiation and detectors.
Lectures, lessons, hand-in exercise and laboratory exercise. Educational visit: The Svedberg Laboratory
Written examination at the end of the course (4 credits). Passed laboratory and hand-in exercise (1 credit) are necessary to pass the course but are not graded.