Physics 726 : Particles and Nuclei I

Fall 2009
Instructor Prof. Ch. Elster
Office 265 Clippinger
Class MF 1:10-2:00 pm, Clip 133
W 1:10-2:00 pm, Edwd 208
Office Hours by appointment

Introduction to Nuclear Reactions by C.A. Bertulani and P. Danielowicz, IoP Publishing Ltd 2004.

Additional References
Quantum Mechanics II, A 2nd Course in Quantum Theory , R.H. Landau, 2nd Ed. WILEY-V CH 2004
Quantum Collision Theory, Charles J. Joachain, North-Holland, 1987
The Quantum Mechanical Few-Body Problem, W. Glöckle, Springer-Verlag 1983
Theoretical Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics , J.D. Walecka, World Scientific, 2004
Theoretical Nuclear Physics - Nuclear Reactions H. Feshbach, John Wiley & Sons, 1992
Collision Theory M.L. Goldberger, K.M. Watson, Dover 2004

Mathematical References:
Mathematical Methods for Physicists, G.B. Arfken, H.J. Weber
Methods of Mathematical Physics, Vol. 1, Courant and Hilbert


Problem sets: 25%; Class Notes: 10%; Class Participation: 5%; In-Class exam: 30%; Take-Home Exam: 30%

Homework and small projects

Homework assignments consist of problem sets and selected publications, which have to be worked through and presented/discussed in class (about once a week). Students are expected to prepare and maintain notes covering and substituring the material of the class. Due dates for the homework assignments will be given. Homework handed in late will loose half of its point value.

Course Content

Experimental information about the structure of nucleons and nuclei is mainly obtained with scattering experiments, with e.g. hadronic or electro-magnetic probes. Thus one has to understand possible reaction mechanisms to be able to interpret data.

The general idea of the course is to present basic information on scattering theory and its application to the atomic nuclei.

Homework and Reading Assignments

Charlotte Elster
Mon Aug 10 19:50:17 EST 2009