Lecture Notes


Basic Nuclear Concepts (PDF)

Supplement (PDF)

Quantum Mechanical Description of Nuclei
2 Schrödinger Wave Equation (PDF)
3 Bound States in One Dimensional Systems – Particle in a Square Well (PDF)
4 Bound States in Three Dimensions -- Orbital Angular Momentum (PDF)
5 Barrier Penetration (PDF)
6 The Neutron-Proton System: Bound State of the Deuteron (PDF)
7 Overview of Cross Section Calculation (PDF)
8 Neutron-Proton Scattering (PDF)
9 Quiz 1 Review
  Quiz 1 (Lec #1-8, Closed Book)
Nuclear Binding, Stability and Decay
10 Nuclear Shell Model (PDF)
11 Nuclear Binding Energy and Stability (PDF)
12 Binding Energy and Mass Parabolas (PDF)
Interaction of Radiation with Matter
13 Radioactive-Series Decay (PDF)
14 Charged Particle Interactions: Stopping Power, Collision and Ionization (PDF)
15 Charged Particle Interactions: Radiation Loss, Range (PDF)
16 Neutron Interactions: Q-equation and Elastic Scattering (PDF)
17 Quiz 2 Review
  Quiz 2 (Lec #9-15, Closed Book)
18 Neutron Interactions: Energy, Angular Distributions, Thermal Motions (PDF)
19 Gamma Interactions: Compton Scattering (PDF)
20 Gamma Interactions: Photoelectric Effect and Pair Production (PDF)
21 Detection of Nuclear Radiation: Pulse Height Spectra (PDF)
Nuclear Processes
22 Nuclear Decays (PDF)
23 Nuclear Reactions: Energetics and Compound Nucleus (PDF)
24 Quiz 3 Review
  Quiz 3 (Lec #16-21, Closed Book)