2016 Advanced Nuclear Physics

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Graduate major in Physics
Nakamura Takashi  Hiyama Emiko 
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Tue3-4(H119A)  Fri3-4(H119A)  
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Course description and aims

Provide lectures on basics and applications of modern nuclear physics. Discuss important topics concerning a variety of phenomena. Discuss recent relevant articles, some of which are assigned as homework.
Atomic nuclei can be uniquely modeled as strongly correlated, self-bound, many-body quantum systems. By studying the physics of atomic nuclei, students will learn both theory and application of quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. This class will also cover cutting-edge experiments on nuclei using modern accelerators, and recent experimental equipment and methods that are important to further understand nuclear physics.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to understand basic nuclear physics that treats atomic nuclei as self-bound many-body quantum systems. They will also be able to obtain a better perspective on their own research by leaning about recent theoretical and experimental progress in this field.
In this course, students will learn about the quantum dynamics of nuclei, nuclear structure and reactions, and the basic theory of strong interactions through various models and relevant experiments. They will also learn about recent theoretical and experimental work in this field.


Atomic nuclei, strong interaction, self-bound systems, quantum many-body systems, nuclear structure, nuclear reaction, experiments using accelerators, rare isotopes, nucleo-synthesis

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Two professors of nuclear physics will give lectures: Prof. Emiko Hiyama (theory), and Prof. Takashi Nakamura (experiment)

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Basics of nuclear physics Understand the basics of nuclear physics
Class 2 Symmetry in nuclei Understand the symmetry and relevant physical observables in atomic nuclei
Class 3 Nuclear force I (Strong interaction, pion-exchange force, central force) Understand the basics of nuclear force
Class 4 Nuclear force II (Tensor interaction, Deuteron, non-central force, short-range repulsive force, three-body force) Understand the characteristic features of nuclear force, such as tensor force.
Class 5 Nuclear force III (Quantum chromo-dynamics, nuclear force via the quark and gluon model, Lattice QCD) Understand nuclear force in terms of QCD
Class 6 Nuclear Structure (Fermi gas model, Electron scattering, Form factor, Nuclear density) Understand the basics of nuclear structure
Class 7 Nuclear Models I (Single particle orbit, Mean field theory, Harmonic oscillator models, Spin-orbit interaction, Shell structure ) Understand the single-particle picture of atomic nuclei, such as shell models
Class 8 Nuclear Models II (Hartree-Fock Theory, Effective interactions, Excited states, Collective motion, Paring correlation ) Understand nuclear models based on mean-field theories
Class 9 Nuclear Models III (Chiral effective theory, Chiral perturbation theory of nuclei) Understand chiral effective theories and chiral perturbation theories.
Class 10 Nuclear Matter I (Binding energy, Coulomb force, Short-range correlation) Understand the basics of nuclear matter
Class 11 Nuclear Matter II (Bruckner theory, Saturation energy and density, Neutron matter, Neutron star, 3-body force) Understand properties of nuclear matter in a microscopic way. Learn applications, such as neutron star physics
Class 12 Unstable Nuclei I (Nuclear Stability, Decays, Nuclear chart, Drip lines) Learn about the basics of rare-isotopes physics
Class 13 Unstable Nuclei II (Neutron-rich nuclei, halo phenomena, Shell evolution and its dynamics) Understand the characteristic features of rare-isotope physics
Class 14 Nucleosynthesis (Stellar abundance, Big-Bang nucleosynthesis, Nucleosynthesis in stars) Understand nucleosynthesis microscopically using nuclear physics
Class 15 Super-heavy elements (Boundary of nuclear chart, r-process, Super-heavy elements) Learn about super-heavy element (nuclei)


Not specified

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference book: Fuantei-kaku-no-butsuri (Physics of Unstable Nuclei) by Takashi Nakamura (Publisher: Kyoritsu Shuppan)

Assessment criteria and methods

To be evaluated based on report(s) dealing with problems indicated in the class

Related courses

  • PHY.F430 : Hadron Physics
  • PHY.F436 : Advanced Particle Physics
  • PHY.F350 : Nuclear Physics
  • PHY.F351 : Elementary Particles
  • PHY.Q438 : Quantum Mechanics of Many-Body Systems
  • PHY.Q208 : Quantum Mechanics II
  • PHY.Q311 : Quantum Mechanics III
  • PHY.Q331 : Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Basic under-graduate quantum physics course is a prerequisite.

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