Nuclear Physics Lectures 2005

Armin Reichold & Tony Weidberg

Course Aims

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:

Table of Nuclides pdf file


Problem Sets

  1. SEMF
  2. b decay and cross sections.
  3. a decays and Fermi theory b decays.
  4. 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 Syllabus Clarification for Gamma Decays. 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: and or come and find is in DWB (room 606 or 602). The list of students finding mistakes in the lecture notes is here.