Syllabus for Nuclear Physics



  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA346
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2010-03-16
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-02-02
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits including Mechanics III and basic knowledge of quantum physics. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of 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 and hand-in problem(3.5 credits).  Laboratory exercise with oral and written report and active participation in a seminar about nuclear apllications  ( 1.5 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Lilley, J. S. Nuclear physics : principles and applications

    Chichester: Wiley, cop. 2001

    Find in the library

Last modified: 2022-04-26