Nuclear Physics (PHY 506)


Physics 506 (Nuclear and Subatomic Physics) provides an introduction to modern nuclear physics and is intended for advanced undergraduate or graduate students. A brief outline is provided below.


  1. Introduction
    Properties of Nuclei and Nucleons.
  2. The Nucleon-Nucleon Interaction and the Deuteron
    Elements of Quantum Mechanics
    The Nucleon-Nucleon Interaction
    Bound States: The Deuteron
    Scattering and Continuum States
  3. Finite Nuclei: Single Particle and Collective States
    The Shell Model
    The Liquid Drop Model, Fusion and Fission
    Collective States
  4. Nuclear Physics at JLAB: The Quark Structure of the Nucleon
    Deep Inelastic Scattering and the Discovery of Quarks
    Quarks and Gluons
    Properties of the Nucleon, Excited and Exotic states
    The Nucleon-Nucleon Interaction, revisited
  5. Nuclear Physics at RHIC: Nuclear Collisions and Nuclear Matter under Extreme Conditions
    Phases of Nuclear Matter
    Quark Gluon Plasma
    Heavy Ion Collisions
  6. Nuclear Physics Underground: Neutrinos and the Solar Neutrino Problem
    Energy Production in Stars
    Neutrino Physics

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