Name Cr Time Location Organiser
Nuclear physics 10 Cr 5.9.2017 - 14.12.2017
Nuclear Physics 10 Cr 20.10.2017 - 20.10.2017
Nuclear Physics 10 Cr 24.11.2017 - 24.11.2017
Nuclear Physics 10 Cr 15.12.2017 - 15.12.2017
Nuclear Physics 10 Cr 19.1.2018 - 19.1.2018
Nuclear Physics 10 Cr 16.2.2018 - 16.2.2018
Nuclear Physics 10 Cr 16.3.2018 - 16.3.2018
Nuclear Physics 10 Cr 20.4.2018 - 20.4.2018
Nuclear Physics 10 Cr 18.5.2018 - 18.5.2018
Nuclear Physics 10 Cr 15.6.2018 - 15.6.2018
Nuclear Physics 10 Cr 24.8.2018 - 24.8.2018
Name Cr Time Location Organiser
Nuclear Physics 10 Cr 22.9.2017 - 22.9.2017

Target group

Master's Programme in Materials Research is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belong to:

  • MATR300 Advanced Studies in Materials Research.
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Experimental Materials Physics

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.


FYS2018 Kvanttimekaniikka I (or equivalent, e.g., the old 53716 Quantum mechanics I)

Learning outcomes

You learn

  • Why the understanding of nuclear phenomena---together with understanding of nuclear structure and various nuclear processes—is important both academically and technologically
  • How tools of quantum mechanics are applied in nuclear physics
  • How the atomic nuclei form the structure of matter at sub-atomic and cosmic scales
  • Basic properties and phenomena in
    • Atomic nuclei
    • Nuclear reactions and scattering
    • Two-nucleon systems
  • How information on nuclear ground-state properties is obtained
  • Basic properties and phenomena in processes of
    • Nuclear decay
    • Nuclear excitation
    • Nuclear structure
  • How information on these processes related to nuclear excited states is obtained
  • On theoretical interpretation of the experiments in terms of various nuclear models
  • On applications of nuclear physics


Can be taken in the first or second year of Master's studies.

Given every second year (odd years) in periods I and II.


  • Review of quantum mechanics: central potentials, angular momentum
  • The atomic nucleus as a quantum-mechanical object
  • How information on characteristic properties of nuclei is obtained, e.g., nuclear masses, nuclear sizes.
  • Basics of nuclear reactions: compound-nucleus and direct reactions, resonances.
  • Two-nucleon system and nuclear interaction, deuteron.
  • Basics of nuclear structure and of nuclear models: liquid drop model, shell model, collective model
  • Radioactive decay processes and nuclear transmutations
  • Electromagnetic transitions and excitations
  • Nuclear astrophysics and stellar evolution
  • Atomic nuclei as building blocks of structure of matter
  • Applications of nuclear physics in energy production, elemental analysis, medicine, etc.

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

Weekly lectures (twice a week) and exercises (individual work and a session for solutions). Final exam. Total hours 270.

Study materials

Lecture notes.

  • Supplementary reading
    • Carlos A. Bertulani: Nuclear Physics in a Nutshell, Princeton University Press
    • K. S. Krane: Introductory nuclear physics, John Wiley
    • W. N. Cottingham and D. A. Greenwood: An introduction to nuclear physics, Cambridge
    • Kris L. G. Heyde: Basic Ideas and Concepts in Nuclear Physics, IOP Publishing
    • Experimental data on nuclei at National Nuclear Data Base, Brookhaven (USA)
    • B. Alex Brown: Lecture Notes in Nuclear Physics, Michigan State University

Assessment practices and criteria

Final grade is based on exercises (50%) and exam (50%).

Recommended optional studies

To broaden your knowledge in applications of nuclear methods, the courses MATR313 Elemental Analysis by Ion Beams and MATR314 Ion Beam Scattering Techniques for Materials Characterization are recommended. For those needing deeper understanding in instrumentation, the course PAP338 Gaseous Radiation Detectors and Scintillators is recommended.

Completion methods

Mandatory exercises and final exam. In order to be eligible to participating in the final exam, the student is required to complete successfully at least 20% of the exercises. Most of the exercises are small paper and pen problems.

In the final exam student's knowledge of the concepts of nuclear physics and her ability to apply the theoretical methods and principles to analyze/interpret experimental results are tested.