Syllabus for Introduction to Nuclear Physics and Its Applications

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A revised version of the syllabus is available.

Syllabus

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA318
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2017-03-09
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2017
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements and Physics 2, Chemistry 1, Mathematics 4 or Physics B, Chemistry A, Mathematics E
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

After the course has been completed the student should be able to

  •  use basic concepts of nuclear physics,
  •  describe different nuclear physics applications in science and technology,
  •  perform basic nuclear physics calculations and measurements and interpret the results.

Content

Basic nuclear physics: Nuclides, isotopes, nuclear chart, nuclear mass, binding energy and stability, radioactive decays, nuclear reactions.
Measurement of nuclear reaction products: charged particles, neutrons, gamma radiation.
Radiation physics: Ionising radiation, dose concepts, radiation environment.
Nuclear energy: Fission, fuel cycle and waste management, reactor power control, fusion. Medical applications: different methods for radiation therapy and diagnostics in nuclear medicine, dosimetry.
Other applications: radiometric dating, methods for material analysis.

Instruction

Introductory lecture, self-studies and hand-in exercises, project work, laboratory exercises, study visits at the PET-centre and Skandion Clinic or similar. Subject-integrated communications training, including feedback and self-evaluation, are included in the course.

Assessment

Hand-in exercises and a written report on the project work (2 credits). Laboratory work (1 credits). Oral exam at the end of the course
(2 credits).

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 02, 2017

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Bryan, Jeff C. Introduction to nuclear science

    Second edition.: Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/ Taylor & Francis Group, [2013]

    Find in the library

    Mandatory