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An Introduction to Nuclear Physics

An Introduction to Nuclear Physics

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: March 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521657334
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  • This introduction to nuclear physics provides an excellent basis for a core undergraduate course in this area. The authors show how simple models can provide an understanding of the properties of nuclei, both in their ground and excited states, and of the nature of nuclear reactions. They include chapters on nuclear fission, its application in nuclear power reactors, the role of nuclear physics in energy production and nucleosynthesis in stars. This new edition contains several additional topics: muon-catalyzed fusion, the nuclear and neutrino physics of supernovae, neutrino mass and neutrino oscillations, and the biological effects of radiation. A knowledge of basic quantum mechanics and special relativity is assumed. Each chapter ends with a set of problems accompanied by outline solutions.

    • Nuclear physics set in the context of elementary particle physics
    • Includes instructive problems with outline solutions
    • Discusses numerous applications of nuclear physics
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    "An appropriate addition to the library of any college supporting a physics major." CHOICE Nov 2001

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521657334
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 56 b/w illus. 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the second edition
    Preface to the first edition
    Constants of nature, conversion factors and notation
    Glossary of some important symbols
    1. Prologue
    2. Leptons and the electromagnetic and weak interactions
    3. Nucleons and the strong interaction
    4. Nuclear sizes and nuclear masses
    5. Ground-state properties of nuclei: the shell model
    6. Alpha decay and spontaneous fission
    7. Excited states of nuclei
    8. Nuclear reactions
    9. Power from nuclear fission
    10. Nuclear fusion
    11. Nucleosynthesis in stars
    12. Beta decay and gamma decay
    13. Neutrinos
    14. The passage of energetic particles through matter
    Appendix A. Cross-sections
    Appendix B. Density of states
    Appendix C. Angular momentum
    Appendix D. Unstable states and resonances
    Further reading
    Answers to problems

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Atomic & Nuclear Physics Laboratory
  • Authors

    W. N. Cottingham, University of Bristol
    Noel Cottingham is a theoretician working in the HH Wills Physics Laboratory at the University of Bristol. He is also a visiting professor at the Université Pierre at Marie Curie, Paris.

    D. A. Greenwood, University of Bristol
    Derek Greenwood is a theoretician working in the HH Wills Physics Laboratory at the University of Bristol.

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