22.02 Introduction to Applied Nuclear Physics

As taught in: Spring 2003

The Rutherford-Bohr model of the atom with nucleus and orbits labeled.

The Rutherford-Bohr model of the atom. (Courtesy of EPA.)




Prof. Kim Molvig

Course Description

This course concentrates on the basic concepts of nuclear physics with emphasis on nuclear structure and radiation interactions with matter. Included: elementary quantum theory; nuclear forces; shell structure of the nucleus; alpha, beta, and gamma radioactive decays; interactions of nuclear radiations (charged particles, gammas, and neutrons) with matter; nuclear reactions; and fission and fusion.

The course is divided into three main sections:

  1. Quantum Mechanics Fundamentals
  2. Nuclear Structure and Nuclear Decays
  3. Interactions in Nuclear Matter and Nuclear Reactions

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.