Physics and astronomy
Nuclear and Particle Physics
Module code: F3221
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Class, Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination
This module on nuclear and particle physics covers:
- Chronology of discoveries.
- Basic nuclear properties.
- Nuclear forces.
- Models of nuclear structure.
- Magic numbers.
- Nuclear reactions, nuclear decay and radioactivity, including their roles in nature.
- The weak force.
- Existence and properties of neutrinos.
- Qualitative introduction to neutrino oscillations.
- C, P and T symmetries.
- Classification of elementary particles, and their reactions and decays.
- Particle structure.
- Qualitative introduction to Feynman diagrams.
Level 5: (F3239) Quantum Mechanics 1 [T2].
Level 6: (F3211) Atomic Physics [T1]
Module learning outcomes
- To make calculations involving precise nuclear masses & energies and to predict ground state nuclear spins and parities using the shell model.
- To distinguish types of nuclear decay processes and to make quantitative calculations on radioactivity.
- To demonstrate an understanding of the four fundamental types of inter-particle forces and their symmetry properties.
- To classify elementary particles and their reaction and decay processes and to know how the classifications are explained in terms of quarks, leptons and fundamental forces.