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An Introduction to the Physics of Nuclei and Particles

By Richard A. Dunlap

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Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 17 March 2003
This work contains about 20 percent more material than is needed for a 14-week, one-semester course. This amount of material gives the instructor some freedom in selecting topics while covering the latter half of the book. It is designed for use in a junior or senior level undergraduate course in nuclear and particle physics. Dunlap has taught this course for ten years, during the last two of which he used this book. The text contains a wealth of problems and is specifically designed to be a manageable length for the course. In order to ensure that the book is up-to-date and interesting for the students, the author has included up-to-date research results whenever possible and has presented data from ongoing experiments. This is particularly relevant for fields in which there is considerable current research activity, such as neutrino masses and oscillations, quark masses and controlled fusion.

Table of Contents

Preface. Part I: INTRODUCTION. 1. Basic Concepts. 2. Particles and Interactions. Part II: NUCLEAR PROPERTIES AND MODELS. 3. Nuclear Composition and Size. 4. Binding Energy and the Liquid Drop Model. 5. The Shell Model. 6. Properties of the Nucleus. Part III: NUCLEAR DECAYS AND REACTIONS. 7. General Properties of Decay Processes. 8. Alpha Decay. 9. Beta Decay. 10. Gamma Decay. 11. Nuclear Reactions. 12. Fission Reactions. 13. Fusion Reactions. Part IV: PARTICLE PHYSICS. 14. Particles and Interactions. 15. The Standard Model. 16. Particle Reactions and Decays. 17. Grand Unified Theories and the Solar Neutrino Problem. Appendix A: Physical Constants and Conversion Factors. Appendix B: Properties of Nuclides. Bibliography.

About the Author

Richard A. Dunlap is a professor in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University and has a cross-appointment in the College of Sustainability. He received a B.S. in Physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1974), an A.M. in Physics from Dartmouth College (1976) and a Ph.D. in Physics from Clark University (1981). Since 1981 he has been on the faculty at Dalhousie University. From 2001 to 2006 he was Killam Research Professor of Physics, and since 2009 he has been Director of the Dalhousie University Institute for Research in Materials. He currently is a member of the DREAMS Program (Dalhousie Research in Energy, Advanced Materials and Sustainability). Prof. Dunlap is author of three previous text books Experimental Physics: Modern Methods (Oxford 1988), The Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Numbers (World Scientific 1997) and An Introduction to the Physics of Nuclei and Particles (Brooks/Cole 2004). Over the years his research interests have included critical phenomena, magnetic materials, amorphous materials, quasicrystals, hydrogen storage, and superconductivity. His current research activities are primarily in the area of materials for advanced rechargeable batteries. He has published more than 280 refereed research papers.

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Preface. Part I: INTRODUCTION. 1. Basic Concepts. 2. Particles and Interactions. Part II: NUCLEAR PROPERTIES AND MODELS. 3. Nuclear Composition and Size. 4. Binding Energy and the Liquid Drop Model. 5. The Shell Model. 6. Properties of the Nucleus. Part III: NUCLEAR DECAYS AND REACTIONS. 7. General Properties of Decay Processes. 8. Alpha Decay. 9. Beta Decay. 10. Gamma Decay. 11. Nuclear Reactions. 12. Fission Reactions. 13. Fusion Reactions. Part IV: PARTICLE PHYSICS. 14. Particles and Interactions. 15. The Standard Model. 16. Particle Reactions and Decays. 17. Grand Unified Theories and the Solar Neutrino Problem. Appendix A: Physical Constants and Conversion Factors. Appendix B: Properties of Nuclides. Bibliography.

EAN: 9780534392949
ISBN: 0534392946
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 1.6 centimetres (0.59 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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