Syllabus for Nuclear Physics for Pedestrians
Kärnfysik för nyfikna
A revised version of the syllabus is available.
- 5 credits
- Course code: 1FA319
- Education cycle: First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
- Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
- Established: 2014-03-13
- Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
- Applies from: Autumn 2014
- Entry requirements: General entry requirements
- Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy
This course is intended for all curious persons who would like to learn the basics of nuclear physics and be able to use this knowledge for understanding of the principles of the most common nuclear physics applications in the society.
After the course has been completed the student should be able to
- use basic concepts of nuclear physics,
- describe the basic principles of the most common nuclear physics applications in the society: nuclear energy, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine,
- use nuclear data bases available on Internet to search for information about the properties of nuclides,
- write short reports about different applications of nuclear physics.
Basic nuclear physics: Nuclides, isotopes, nuclear mass, binding energy and stability, radioactive decays, natural and artificial radioactivity, nuclear reactions.
Radiation physics: Ionising radiation, different dose concepts, quality factors, radiation biology, our radiation environment.
Nuclear energy: Fission reactors, reactor accidents, nuclear fuel processes, transmutation of nuclear waste, fusion research
Medical applications: different methods for radiation therapy and diagnostics in nuclear medicine.
Other applications, for example radiometric dating, methods for analysis of materials, synthesis of nuclei in the Universe.
An introduction day with lectures in the beginning of the course, computer-aided self studies, study visits.
The examination consists of hand-in exercises, projects and study visit reports.
- Latest syllabus (applies from Autumn 2019)
- Previous syllabus (applies from Autumn 2015)
- Previous syllabus (applies from Autumn 2014)
Applies from: Autumn 2014
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, 
Reading list revisions
- Latest reading list (applies from Autumn 2014)
- Previous reading list (applies from Spring 2014, version 2)
- Previous reading list (applies from Spring 2014, version 1)