Checking date: 22/04/2018

Course: 2019/2020

Nuclerar Physics and Fusion
Study: European Master in Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physic (273)

Coordinating teacher:

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Physics

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics and special relativity theory.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
The main objective of the course is to provide basic knowledge of atomic nuclei and their properties, crucial to understand the nature of processes taking place at the femtometre scale, which constitute the basis of energy production from nuclear technology. Notions of particle physics and nuclear astrophysics which are relevant in this context will also be provided. The course will provide the student with an appropiate training in nuclear physics especially suited to nuclear fusion science.
Description of contents: programme
1. Fundamental constituents of matter and their interactions 2. Length, energy and time scales of the subatomic world 3. Bulk properties of nuclei. Masses, sizes and shapes 4. Nuclear radioactivity 5. Alpha, beta and gamma decays 6. Basic models of nuclear structure 7. Nuclear reactions 8. Fission and fusion processes 9. Controlled fission and fusion reactions 10. Basic nuclear astrophysics
Learning activities and methodology
* Teaching Methods: Classroom lectures and problem solving sessions. Homework assignments. Oral presentations by the students. * Course Material: Recommended books, additional bibliography and notes will be made available to the students.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • K. Heyde. BASIC IDEAS AND CONCEPTS IN NUCLEAR PHYSICS. Institute of Physics Publishing. 1999
  • K. S. Krane. INTRODUCTORY NUCLEAR PHYSICS. Wiley & Sons. 1988
  • P. E. Hodgson, E. Gadioli, E. Gadioli Erba. INTRODUCTORY NUCLEAR PHYSICS. Clarendon Press. 1997
Additional Bibliography
  • R. Satchler. INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR REACTIONS. Oxford University Press. 1990

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.