MATR316 - Nuclear Physics - Ydinfysiikka - Kärnfysik

(The course was lectured under code 53046 in 2015)

Course Programme, Fall 2017

Lectures: Tue & Thu 12-14 Sh115 Accelerator Laboratory,
Exercises: Thu 14-16 Sh115 Pietari Kalmin katu 2
Enrollment: WebOodi
Teachers: 5.9. to 19.10. Jouni Niskanen Physicum, room A329 02941 50525
31.10. to 14.12. Pertti Tikkanen Acc. Lab, room 135A 02941 50006

New home of the course contains more or less the same information as shown here

Course information

The course gives a general introduction to the rich (quantum-mechanical) phenomena and processes of nuclear physics 
and how they form the structure of matter both at the sub-atomic and cosmic scales.
The basic experimental methods are also introduced.

Course contents

How information on characteristic properties of nuclei is obtained, e.g., nuclear masses, nuclear sizes.
Basics of nuclear models: liquid drop model, shell model, collective model.
Basics of reactions: compound nucleus and direct reactions, resonances.
Two-nucleon system and nuclear interaction, deuteron.
Radioactive decay and nuclear transmutations.
Electromagnetic transitions and excitations.
Nuclear astrophysics and stellar evolution.
Experimental methods: accelerators, interaction of radiation with matter, detection of radiation.
See also detailed list of contents.


The courses 53337-Structure of Matter and 53703-Basics of Quantum Physics (or equivalent) are assumed as a prerequisite.

Quantum mechanics I (53716) is extremely recommendable.


Carlos A. Bertulani Nuclear Physics in a Nutshell (Also as e-book) Princeton University Press, 2007

For a rather more thorough review of the textbooks available, consult this page.

Bertulani does not have nuclear data tables (masses, abundance/half-life, spin, parity).  In case of a need for these data e.g. in exercises
look for e.g. Krane (of the above list), Krane: Modern Physics, Tipler&Llewellyn: Modern Physics (all among handbooks) or
Brehm&Mullin: Intr. to the Structure of Matter (among textbooks) or Enge (of the list, in nuclear physics section).
There are even more sources, but it is best always to give the reference when you use these data.

Lecture Notes

The lecture notes are uploaded here (hopefully a few days in advance)

Lecture 1 Lecture 2 Lecture 3 Lecture 4 Lecture 5 Lecture 6
Lecture 7 Lecture 8 Lecture 9 Lecture 10 Lecture 11 Lecture 12
Lecture 13 Lecture 14 Lecture 15 Lecture 16 Lecture 17 Lecture 18
Lecture 19 Lecture 20 Lecture 21 Lecture 22 Lecture 23 Lecture 24


The solutions should be tentatively turned in for grading at Tuesday lecture or (about 14:00 o'clock) in
the pigeonhole marked "Nuclear Physics" in the grey metal cabinet
in the 2nd floor lobby of the Physicum A-wing.

Exercise 1 Exercise 2 Exercise 3 Exercise 4 Exercise 5 Exercise 6
Exercise 7 Exercise 8 Exercise 9 Exercise 10 Exercise 11 Exercise 12

Table of Clebsch-Gordan coefficients, spherical harmonics, gradients, Pauli and Dirac matrices
Calculator for Wigner 3-j, 6-j and 9-j symbols
Table of useful relations

Links to prerequisites updated Sep. 7th, 2017 by Pertti Tikkanen