22.02 | Spring 2012 | Undergraduate
Introduction to Applied Nuclear Physics
Course Description
This class covers basic concepts of nuclear physics with emphasis on nuclear structure and interactions of radiation with matter. Topics include elementary quantum theory; nuclear forces; shell structure of the nucleus; alpha, beta and gamma radioactive decays; interactions of nuclear radiations (charged particles, …
This class covers basic concepts of nuclear physics with emphasis on nuclear structure and interactions of radiation with matter. Topics include elementary quantum theory; nuclear forces; shell structure of the nucleus; alpha, beta and gamma radioactive decays; interactions of nuclear radiations (charged particles, gammas, and neutrons) with matter; nuclear reactions; fission and fusion.
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Graph showing the alpha particle wavefunction passing through a large nuclear potential barrier.
This graph depicts the Gamow model of alpha decay, in which an alpha particle tunnels through a Coulomb potential barrier. (Figure by Prof. Paola Cappellaro, inspired by a Wolfram blog post about creating xkcd-style Mathematica plots.)