Nuclear Physics: Fundamentals and Applications

Course Description

This basic course on Nuclear physics will give an introductory but still rigorous description of both experimental and theoretical aspects of the present understanding of nuclei and their interaction. Nuclear Physics originated with Geiger and Marsden bombarding alpha particles on metal foils including gold, hundred years ago sometime in the year 1909. The hundred year journey of Nuclear physics has been very exciting, both in terms of developing experimental techniques to probe at the length scale of femtometers and also developing right kind of theoretical models to understand the vigorous activities going on inside a nucleus. On one side it interfaces with Atomic Physics and on the other side with Particle Physics. (Source:

Nuclear Physics: Fundamentals and Applications
A diagram of a Mössbauer Spectroscopy, one of the many applications of Nuclear Physics which will be discussed in this senior physics course.
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Video Lectures & Study Materials

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I. Basic Nuclear Constituents and Properties
1 Brief Overview of the Course (53:34) Play Video
2 Measurement of Nuclear Sizes (58:49) Play Video
3 Measurement of Nuclear Sizes II (50:41) Play Video
4 Measurement of Nuclear Sizes III (58:15) Play Video
5 Semi-empirical Mass Formula (1:03:17) Play Video
6 Semi-empirical Mass Formula II (55:10) Play Video
7 Semi-empirical Mass Formula III (49:57) Play Video
8 Semi-empirical Mass Formula IV (48:42) Play Video
9 Semi-empirical Mass Formula V (57:46) Play Video
II. Nuclear Forces
10 How Neutron Stars Bound (46:27) Play Video
11 Deuteron (58:12) Play Video
12 Deuteron II (54:57) Play Video
13 Deuteron III (1:01:56) Play Video
14 Scattering of Nucleons (57:48) Play Video
15 Low Energy n-p Scattering (58:53) Play Video
16 Theories of Nuclear Forces (58:18) Play Video
III. Nuclear Structure Models
17 Shell Model (53:36) Play Video
18 Shell Model II (51:45) Play Video
19 Shell Model III (58:52) Play Video
20 Shell Model IV (54:33) Play Video
21 Shell Model V (52:05) Play Video
22 Collective Models (54:59) Play Video
23 Vibrational and Rotational Levels (59:17) Play Video
IV. Radioactive Decay and Reactions
24 Radioactivity, Alpha Decay (54:47) Play Video
25 Alpha Decay II (50:29) Play Video
26 Beta Decay (54:29) Play Video
27 Beta Decay II (52:15) Play Video
28 Beta Decay III (54:08) Play Video
29 Gamma Decay (55:38) Play Video
30 Nuclear Reactions (58:20) Play Video
31 Nuclear Reactions II (54:41) Play Video
32 Nuclear Reactions III (49:05) Play Video
33 Nuclear Fission Basics (50:18) Play Video
34 Nuclear Fission of Uranium (52:15) Play Video
35 Nuclear Fission Reactor (1:00:55) Play Video
36 Nuclear Energy Programme of India (57:28) Play Video
37 Nuclear Fusion (51:36) Play Video
38 Nuclear Fusion II (59:31) Play Video
39 Thermonuclear Fusion Reactors (51:01) Play Video
V. Astronuclear Physics
40 Fusion Reactions in Stars and Stellar Neutrinos (53:40) Play Video
41 Nucleosynthesis of Elements in Stars (47:24) Play Video
VI. Applications of Nuclear Physics
42 Mössbauer Spectroscopy (53:33) Play Video
43 RBS, PIXE, NAA, Summary of the Course (53:01) Play Video


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