Master’s studies

Syllabus for Advanced Nuclear Physics

Kärnfysik II


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1FA354
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2010-03-18
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 31, 2010
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with Nuclear Physics and Quantum Mechanics.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to

  • use symmetries, conservation laws and kinematical conditions in order to give physical explanations for nuclear physics processes

  • account for different experimental methods that gives information on properties of hadrons and nuclei

  • calculate nuclear physics quantities and processes

  • describe how the structure of nuclei is related to the many-body system of interacting nucleons

  • summarise the properties of exited nuclei and hadron resonances and their

  • carry out a laboratory exercise and to document it in an analytic way.


The course gives deepening knowledge about nuclear structure and hadron physics, the main areas of nuclear physics, including a certain level of training to carry out an experiment and the corresponding data analysis.
Nuclear properties. Nucleon-nucleon interaction, scattering, nuclear models, strong and electromagnetic interaction. Optical models, resonance scattering and nuclear reactions, including the calculation of the cross section for certain processes. Production and decay of nucleon and meson resonances. Quark structure of hadrons. Symmetry properties of hadronic processes. Fission. Nuclear astrophysics.

Laboratory exercise: Gamma spectroscopy of excited energy levels.


Lectures, lessons, laboratory exercise.


Written examination at the end of the course including problem solving and calculational tasks. Passing also requires an approved laboratory course and approved hand-in exercises.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 36, 2013

  • Krane, Kenneth S. Introductory nuclear physics

    Rev. ed. of Introductory nuclear physics, 2. ed., 1955 / David Halliday: New York: Wiley, cop. 1988

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