This course aims to give an introduction to the subject of nuclear physics at the level appropriate for the B3 exam. At the end of the course you should understand:

- The liquid drop model of the nucleus and how to apply the semi-empirical mass formula to radioactive decays and fission and fusion.
- The definition of cross section and how to measure it experimentally and calculate it theoretically for some simple cases.
- Simple theories of radioactive decays.
- Qualitative understanding of particle interactions in matter and how these are used in particle detectors.
- Some applications of nuclear physics (fission and fusion reactors and bombs and radioactive dating).

- Synopsis ppt file or pdf file
- Introduction and the liquid drop model (lectures 1 & 2) ppt file or pdf file
- Applications and limitations of the SEMF lecture 3: ppt file or pdf file and lecture 4: ppt file or pdf file
- Cross sections theory and experiment. (lectures 5 and 6) ppt file or pdf file
- Radioactive decays (lectures 7 & 8) ppt file or pdf file
- Particle interactions in matter (lectures 9 & 10). ppt file or pdf file
- Particle detectors (lecture 11) ppt file or pdf file
- Applications of nuclear physics: fission ( lecture 12a) ppt file or pdf file and fusion and radioactive dating lecture 12b ppt file or pdf file

- SEMF
- b decay and cross sections.
- a decays and Fermi theory b decays.
- Particle interactions in matter and particle detectors.

2/11/05 We made minor changes to Q2, problem set 2 which should make it more reasonable.

3/11/05 Very minor changes to ppt file for lecture 3 and another very minor change made. pdf version now updated.

7/11/05 Lecture notes for lecture 4, now available on web.

15/11/05 . Gamma decays are on the syllabus. However it is only the energetics, not the detailed dynamics or the selection rules.

24/11/05 Lecture notes for lectures 9 and 10 now available on web.

29/11/05 Lecture notes for lectures 11 and 12 now available on web

1/12/05 Final pdf file of lecture notes (12 a) now available on web.

All feedback will be very welcome! Please let us know of any mistakes in the lectures or suggestions as to how to improve the course. Please email: t.weidberg1@phsycis.ox.ac.uk and a.reichold1@physics.ox.ac.uk or come and find is in DWB (room 606 or 602). The list of students finding mistakes in the lecture notes is here.