PHYS 820 (1SY) - Nuclear Physics

Nuclear Physics

Durham   Engineering&Physical Sciences :: Physics
Online Course Delivery Method: Scheduled meeting time, Online (no campus visits), EUNH
Can be taken by students who are remote.
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   15  
CRN: 55992
Nuclear phenomenology, reactions, models, radiation, interaction of radiation with matter; accelerators; properties and interactions of elementary particles; symmetries and symmetry breaking standard model. Prereq: introduction to quantum mechanics I and II; electricity and magnetism I and II; or permission of instructor.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Instructors: Elena Long

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 MWF 12:10pm - 1:00pm ONLINE
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 R 9:40am - 11:00am ONLINE
Additional Course Details: 

This one-semester course will provide a foundation in nuclear physics. I plan to cover chapters 1-7, 17, and parts of 16 and 18 in Povh, as well as an overview on nuclear processes in reactors, medicine, weapons, and solar physics. If time allows, we will also touch upon current frontiers of nuclear physics research.

Topics Covered

  • Properties of Nuclei
  • Nuclear Stability and Decay
  • The Strong Nuclear Force
  • Nuclear Reactors, Weapons, and Solar Fusion
  • Scattering Processes
  • Magnetic Moments, and Spin Structure
  • Nuclear Physics in Medicine


Particles and Nuclei, 7th Ed. by Bogdan Povh, et al, 2015. ISBN: 978-3-662-46320-8 Please note that the 7th edition is significantly different from the 6th edition.