Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics , Fall 2005


Exercises: Thursdays  9.30-11.30 in aud C
Lectures: Thursdays 12.00-14.30 in aud M.

Note that in weeks 39 and 40 lecture are Mondays AND Thursdays.:

Auditorium M, Niels Bohr Institute, Blegdamsvej 21.


Kenneth S. Krane.
Introductory Nuclear Physics.
John Wiley and Sons.
Supplemented by lecture notes in relativistic heavy ion physics.

Jens Jørgen Gaardhøje
email: gardhoje @
tel: 35 32 53 09
office: Tb2 in HEHI building (T-villa)


There are 2-2.5 hours of lectures and 2-2.5 hours of exercises per week. The final exam is oral of approx. 20 mn. duration. A grade on the 13 scale (6 is passed) is given. There will be approx. 8 questions (in total in nuclear and particle physics) selected at random from a list made public in advance. The list will appear near end of term on: . There is also the possibility of  choosing an ‘article exam’, here the student draws a  scientific paper approx. 3 days before the exam and presents the paper (in context) at the exam.

Content of course with dates for lectures in Nuclear Physics.

The schedule for the particle physics lectures can be found on Mogens Dams homepage on


LECTURE 1. September 1.

3.1 Nuclear radius, Distribution of charge, distribution of matter.

3.2 Nuclear mass.

3.3 Nuclear Binding Energy (semi-empirical mass formula, liquid drop model).

3.4 Nuclear Angular momentum.

3.5 Electromagnetic moments.

3.6 Excited states.

LECTURE 2. September 8.

4.1 The deuteron, binding energy, spin and parity, moments.

4.2 Nucleon-Nucleon scattering.

4.3 Proton-Proton and neutron-neutron interactions.

4.4 Properties of nuclear force.

4.5 Exchange force model.

LECTURE 3. Thursday September 15.

5.1 Shell model.


LECTURE 4. Thursday  September 22.

5.2 Collective structures. Vibrations, rotations.

5.3 Realistic Nuclear models. Deformed nuclei.

LECTURE 5. Monday September 26.

8.2 Basic alpha decay processes.

8.3 Alpha decay systematics.

8.4 Theory of alpha emission.

8.5 Angular Momentum and parity in alpha decay.

9.1 Energy release in Beta decay.

9.2 Fermi theory for Beta decay.

9.3 Test of Fermi theory.

10.2. Classical electromagnetic radiation.

10.3. Transition to Quantum mechanics.

LECTURE 6. Thursday October 28.

19.1. Hot Big Bang Cosmology.

19.2 Particle and nuclear interactions in the early universe.

19.3 Primordial nucleosynthesis.

19.4 Stellar nucleosynthesis (A<60).

19.5 Nuclear Synthesis (A>60).

LECTURE 7. Thursday October 6.

2.3 The Cosmic Quark Gluon Phase Transition (pp: 14- 22)

6.1 Hot and dense matter in nucleus-nucleus collisions.

6.2 Schematic view of relativistic nucleus- nucleus collisions.

6.3 Lorentz invariant particle cross sections.

6.4 Thermal Boltzman spectra.


The home page (this page) of the Physics 323 course (nuclear) :


The home page of the High Energy Heavy Ion Group (HEHI) with links to people and research:

Physics 323
Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics

Exercises  ('Regneøvelser')


Contact: Jens Jørgen Gaardhøje
tel: 35 32 53 09

For the updated list of exercises see :