2018 Basic Nuclear Physics

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Graduate major in Nuclear Engineering
Oguri Yoshiyuki  Chiba Satoshi  Katabuchi Tatsuya 
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Mon3-4(原講571, North No.2, 5F-571)  Thr3-4(原講571, North No.2, 5F-571)  
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Course description and aims

[Outline] Lecture on nuclear physics will be given as a basic subject of nuclear engineering.
[Aim] To understand and obtain the basic knowledge on nuclear physics for further study of nuclear engineering.

Student learning outcomes

By taking this course, the students obtain basic knowledge on nuclear physics and the knowledge to understand subjects of advanced courses in nuclear engineering such as nuclear reactor physics.


Binding energy, Nuclear decay, Radiation, Mass formula, Drip lines, Free Fermi gas model, Level density, Shell models, Collective models, Optical model, Direct reactions, Compound nuclear reactions, Statistical mode, Nuclear data

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

A questions-and-answers session will be conducted in each class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 General Properties of Nuclei I: Nuclear Size and Density Explain the size and density of atomic nucleus, and related experimental evidences.
Class 2 General Properties of Nuclei II: Binding Energy Explain properties of nuclear force, and conduct calculation of nuclear binding energy.
Class 3 General Properties of Nuclei III: Nuclear Decay and Radiation Explain instability and decay of nucleus, and emission of alpha, beta, gamma radiation.
Class 4 General Properties of Nuclei IV: Mass Formula, Drip Lines Conduct calculation of nuclear mass using a semi-empirical formula, and explain proton/neutron drip line.
Class 5 General Properties of Nuclei V: Quantum Theory Explain Schroedinger equation, eigenvalues.
Class 6 Nuclear Structure I: Free Fermi Gas Model Explain exclusion principle, Fermi gas model.
Class 7 Nuclear Structure II: Level Density Explain nuclear level density.
Class 8 Nuclear Structure III: Shell Models Explain single-particle shell model.
Class 9 Nuclear Structure V: Collective Models (Rotation, Vibration) Explain rotation and vibration motion of nuclei.
Class 10 Nuclear Reactions I: Formal Theory Explain nuclear reaction formal theory.
Class 11 Nuclear Reactions II: Kinematics Explain nuclear reaction kinematics.
Class 12 Nuclear Reactions III: Direct Reactions Explain direct nuclear reactions.
Class 13 Nuclear Reactions IV: Compound Nuclear Reactions, Statistical Model Explain compound nuclear reactions, statistical model.
Class 14 Nuclear Reactions V: Nuclear Fission Explain Nuclear fission mechanisms.
Class 15 Nuclear Reactions VI: Nuclear Data Explain nuclear data relevant to nuclear engineering.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials will be distributed at each class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Short reports (Several times, weight = about 60%), Term-end report (weight = about 40%)

Related courses

  • None

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


Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Prof. Yoshiyuki Oguri: yoguri[at]nr.titech.ac.jp
Prof. Satoshi Chiba: chiba.satoshi[at]nr.titech.ac.jp
Assoc. Prof. Tatsuya Katabuchi: buchi[at]nr.titech.ac.jp

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