Nuclear Physics (PHY 506)
PROF. T. SCHAEFER
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.
Properties of Nuclei and Nucleons.
- The Nucleon-Nucleon Interaction and the Deuteron
Elements of Quantum Mechanics
The Nucleon-Nucleon Interaction
Bound States: The Deuteron
- Finite Nuclei: Single Particle and Collective States
Fermi Gas and Liquid Drop Models
Radioactivity, Fusion and Fission
The Shell Model
- Nuclear Physics at JLAB: The Quark Structure of the
Deep Inelastic Scattering and the Discovery of Quarks
Quarks and Gluons
Properties of the Nucleon, Excited and Exotic states
- Nuclear Physics at RHIC: Nuclear Collisions and
Nuclear Matter under Extreme Conditions
Phases of Nuclear Matter
Quark Gluon Plasma
Heavy Ion Collisions
- Nuclear Physics Underground: Neutrinos
and the Solar Neutrino Problem
Energy Production in Stars
- Homework assignment 1 [postscript,pdf], due 8-30
- Homework assignment 2 [postscript,pdf], due 9-9
- Homework assignment 3 [postscript,pdf], due 9-20
- Homework assignment 4 [postscript,pdf], due 9-27
- Homework assignment 5 [postscript,pdf], due 10-4
- Homework assignment 6 [postscript,pdf], due 10-13
- Homework assignment 7 [postscript,pdf], due 11-1
- Homework assignment 8 [postscript,pdf], due 11-8
- Homework assignment 9 [postscript,pdf], due 11-16
- Midterm Exam: October 18
The midterm is closed book (no notes will be allowed).
You will receive a sheet with formulas and numerical constants.
Material includes everything discussed in class up to October xx.
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