2017 Basic Nuclear Physics

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Nuclear Engineering
Oguri Yoshiyuki  Chiba Satoshi  Katabuchi Tatsuya 
Class Format
Media-enhanced courses
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Mon1-2(North No.2, 5F-571)  Thr1-2(North No.2, 5F-571)  
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Course description and aims

Lecture on nuclear physics will be given as a basic subject of nuclear engineering.
To understand and obtain the basic knowledge on nuclear physics in 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

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: Basic Characters of Nucleus Explain Nuclear Size, Nuclear Density
Class 2 General Properties of Nuclei II: Binding Energy Explain Nuclear Force, Character of Nuclear Binding Energy
Class 3 General Properties of Nuclei III: Nuclear Decay and Radiation Explain alpha, beta, and gamma Decays and Rays
Class 4 General Properties of Nuclei IV: Mass Formula, Drip Lines Explain Mass Formula, Neutron Drip Line, Proton 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 Gass
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: Optical Model Explain Nuclear Reaction, Optical Model
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



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials will be distributed in each class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Short Reports (Several times, About 60%), Term-end Report (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)
Assoc. Prof. Tatsuya Katabuchi (buchi[at]nr.titech.ac.jp)
Prof. Satoshi Chiba (chiba.satoshi[at]nr.titech.ac.jp)

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