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.

Outline

**Nucleons and Nuclear Forces**

Properties of Nucleons and Nuclei

Nucleon-Nucleon forces and the deuteron

Conservation laws, isospin.

**Nuclear Models and Nuclear Stability**

The Fermi Gas and Liquid Drop Models

Radioactivity, Fusion and Fission

The Shell Model

**Weak Interactions and Neutrinos**

Weak Interactions: beta-deacy, e capture, etc

Quarks and leptons

Neutrino Physics

**Fission and Fusion, Nuclear Astrophysics**

Fission reactions, nuclear energy

Fusion recations

Stellar burning

**The Quark Structure of Matter**

Deep Inelatic Scattering and the Structure of the Nucleon

Heavy Ion Collisions and the Quark Gluon Plasma

- Course Information: [postscript]
- Official syllabus

- Homework assignment 1 [postscript,pdf], due 9-11
- Homework assignment 2 [postscript,pdf], due 9-18
- Homework assignment 3 [postscript,pdf], due 9-25
- Homework assignment 4 [postscript,pdf], due 10-2
- Homework assignment 5 [postscript,pdf], due 10-23
- Homework assignment 6 [postscript,pdf], due 10-30
- Homework assignment 7 [postscript,pdf], due 11-6
- Homework assignment 8 [postscript,pdf], due 11-20

- Midterm Exam: October, 9

The midterm is closed book (no notes will be allowed).

You will receive a sheet with formulas and numerical constants.

- Final Projects: suggestions

Presentations: schedule

Questions? Send email to thomas_schaefer@ncsu_edu