Lecture Notes

The following table lists the specific topics and notes for each lecture, along with slides for selected lectures.

LEC # TOPICS LECTURE NOTES SECTIONS LECTURE SLIDES
Chapter 1. Introduction to Nuclear Physics (PDF)
1 Introduction to the class 1.1 Lecture 1 slides (PDF - 1.7MB)
2

Semi-empirical mass formula

Intro to radioactive decay

1.2–1.3 Lecture 2 slides (PDF)
Chapter 2. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (PDF)
3 Axioms and eigenstates 2.1–2.3.2  
4 Measurement and probability 2.3.3–2.3.4 Lecture 4 slides (PDF)
5 Operators, Schrödinger equation 2.4  
6 Commutator & Uncertainty Principle 2.5  
Chapter 3. Radioactive Decay, Part I (PDF - 1.0MB)
7 Tunneling & scattering 3.1–3.2 Lecture 7 slides (PDF - 1.1MB)
8 Alpha decay 3.3  
Chapter 4. Energy Levels (PDF)
9 Bound systems and energy levels 4.1  
10 Angular momentum 4.2 Lecture 10 slides (PDF)
11 Angular momentum: sum rules  
12 Hydrogen atom 4.3  
13 Identical particles 4.4  
Chapter 5. Nuclear Structure (PDF)
14 The deuteron 5.2  
15 Nuclear force & shell structure 5.1, 5.3.1–5.3.2  
16 Spin-orbit coupling 5.3.3–5.3.4 Lecture 16 slides (PDF - 1.4MB)
Chapter 6. Time Evolution in Quantum Mechanics (PDF)
17 Time evolution 6.1–6.3.1  
18 Ehrenfest theorem – Fermi’s Golden Rule 6.3.2–6.4  
Chapter 7. Radioactive Decay, Part II (PDF)
19 Gamma decay 7.1 Lecture 19 slides (PDF - 1.7MB)
20 Beta decay 7.2  
Chapter 8. Applications of Nuclear Science (PDF - 1.4MB)
21 Cross section, charged particle scattering 8.1.1–8.1.2  
22 Rutherford scattering 8.1.3 Lecture 22 slides (PDF - 1.5MB)
23 Electromagnetic field interaction with matter 8.1.4 Lecture 23 slides (PDF)
24 Fusion None  
25 Fission None  

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