A schematic representation of the Nuclear Anapole Moment. Due to parity-violating interactions among the nucleons, the electromagnetic current within the nucleus acquires a characteristic of a toroidal winding. This peculiar effect was experimentally observed in an atomic parity violation experiment in 1997. 

Introductory Nuclear Physics
Physics 124, Fall 1999

This course is devoted to a review of basics and some of the applications of Nuclear Physics. Discussion of physical pictures and "back of the envelope" estimates will take precedence over formal derivations wherever possible. There are no strict prerequisites for enrollment, but knowledge of basic electrodynamics and quantum mechanics will be helpful. The topics will tentatively include:

Format: Two 1.5 hour lectures/discussions a week: TuTh 11-12:30P, 337 LeConte.

Several sets of homework problems will be distributed during the semester. In the end of the course, students will be required to give oral presentations to the class.

Instructor: Assistant Professor D. Budker. Office: 219 Birge, Labs: B217, 217, 221, 230 Birge, tel. 643-1829, e-mail: budker@Berkeley.edu, research group web page: http://budker.berkeley.edu/

Teaching Assistant/Reader: Jason Burke.  Campus  Office 175 Birge, tel. 643-7689,  e-mail: burke@socrates.Berkeley.edu, LBNL  Office: building 88,
room 204, tel. 486-7843.  Mon and Fri on campus.  Tues,Wed,Thurs at LBNL.  Research: Tests of the Standard Model using radioactive beams to  produce fixed targets of short lived isotopes.

Required text:
Krane, Kenneth S. Introductory nuclear physics. New York : Wiley, c1987. xiii, 845 p. UCB Physics, QC777 .K731 1987

Recommended texts:
Bethe, Hans A. and Morrison, Philip, Elementary nuclear theory, 2d ed. New York, Wiley [1956] 274 p. UCB Physics, QC173 .B42 1956

Hodgson, P.E., Gadioli, E., and Gadioli Erba, E.,  Introductory nuclear physics, Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997. xv, 723 p.

Heyde, Kris L. G., Basic ideas and concepts in nuclear physics: an introductory approach, 2nd ed. Bristol; Philadelphia: Institute of Physics Pub., c1999.

Yang, Fujia, and Hamilton, Joseph H., Modern atomic and nuclear physics,. New York: McGraw-Hill, c1996. Series title: International series in pure and applied physics.

Wong, Samuel S. M., Introductory nuclear physics, 2nd ed. New York: J. Wiley, c1998. 460 p.

Tsipeniuk, Yu. M., Nuclear methods in science and technology; edited by David A. Bradley. Bristol ; Philadelphia, PA : Institute of Physics Publishing, 1997, 454 p.

Byrne, J., Neutrons, Nuclei and Matter. An Exploration of the Physics of Slow Neutrons. Bristol ; Philadelphia, PA : Institute of Physics Publishing, 1995, 760 p.

Goldhaber, Maurice, The search for the ultimate radioactivity: proton decay. UCB Physics, QC793.5.P725 G6 1990 VIDEO/C

Goldhaber, Maurice, Reminiscences of the Cavendish Laboratory in the 1930's. UCB Physics, QC51.G72 C37 1998 video/c

Wu, Chien-shiung. The discovery of non-conservation of parity in beta-decay. UCB Physics, QC793.3.C58 W8 1988 VIDEO/C

Lee, T. D. The history of weak interactions. UCB Physics, QC794.8.W4 L4 1990 VIDEO/C

Norman, Eric B. Evidence for the emission of a 17-keV neutrino in nuclear Beta decay. UCB Physics, QC793.5.N222 N6 1991 VIDEO/C.

Mortara, Justin. The Rise and fall of the 17 keV neutrino? UCB Physics, QC793.5.N426 M67 1993 video/c

Seminars and Colloquia

Check out talks with distinct nuclear flavor at the Physics 290 F "Atomic" Seminar
LBNL Nuclear Science Division Colloquia
Physics Department Colloquia, Seminars, and Special Events

Lecture Notes, Electronic Tutorials

MathematicaTM notebook: Two-level quantum mechanical system with periodic perturbation - elementary tutorial
Transparencies of the talk: Dr. Howard Matis, NSD LBNL, "STAR: A quest for the quark-gluon plasma, a state of matter that existed in the early Universe,"
"Atomic" Seminar, 03/07/2000.  STAR needs help! Interested students click here.

Useful Links, Web Resources

LBNL Table of Isotopes and related links
Glossary of Nuclear Terms
Web Elements Periodic Table
Nuclear Science Division, LBNL

Sponntaneous FissionTOI
The Neutrino Oscillation Industry
Beta-Decay and Parity Nonconservation (Columbia University)
The Fall of Parity (NIST Virtual Museum)
Sir James Chadwick's original paper reporting the discovery of the neutron
Particle Data Group (PDG)
Radioactivity and radiation protection (from PDG)
Mossbauer effect links
Nuclear Astrophysics: Online Course (Univ. Washington course Phys. 554; Fall, 1998; instructor W. Haxton)
Supernova Cosmology Project (LBNL)
Spallation Neutron Source
BEARS: Berkeley Experiments with Accelerated Radioactive Species
International Nuclear Safety Center (Reactor Information, etc)
Trinity Atomic Web Site: Nuclear Weapons: History, Technology, and Consequences
Nuclear Fusion links
Virtual Tokamak
Links from UCB Nuclear Engineering
Nuclear Physics Electronic (nuclear and particle physics journals from Elsevier Science)
The Natural Fission Reactor at Oklo

Liquid-Drop Model and the Semiempirical Mass Formula
Energetics of Alpha Decay
Production and Sequential Decays
Interaction of Particles and Matter
Radiation Dosage


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Problem Set
Due Date
Solutions 1
Solutions 2
Solutions 3
 Solutions 4
  Solutions 5
 11/18/99 (this is final!)
  Solution 6

Suggested Presentation Topics       Speaker/Topic List

Acknowledgment and Disclaimer: This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. PHY-9733479. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).