Nuclear Physics Fundamentals and Application

IIT Kanpur Course , Prof. H.C.Verma

Lecture 1: -Brief Overview of the course

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Nuclear Physics: Fundamentals and Applications by Prof. H.C. Verma,Department of Physics,IIT Kanpur.For more details on NPTEL visit

Course Description :

Overview of the Course : Remembering Geiger, Marsden and Rutherford, Alpha particle scattering from metal foils - Overview of Nuclear Physics
Basic Nuclear Constituents and Properties : Measurement of Nuclear Sizes - Binding Energy, Nuclear mass, Semi empirical formula, valley of stability, Drip Lines
Nuclear Forces : Inside the nucleons: quark picture - Information from Deuteron bound state - Information from Nuclear scattering

Nuclear Structure Models : Nucleon mean potential, approximation by specific solvable potentials, single particle energy levels, magic number - Moments, excited states and other predictions from shell model - Collective model
Radioactive decay and reactions : Alpha decay, Beta decay, Gamma decay, Nuclear reactions - Nuclear Fission, Fusion
Astronuclear Physics : Fusion in Stars, Nucleosynthesis - Neutrinos, neutrino oscilllation
Applications of Nuclear Physics : Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy as a tool for depth profiling - Nuclear Fission Reactors - NAA, PIXE, for trace element analysis - Radioactive Dating - Mssbauer Spectroscopy - Applications in Medicine

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