COURSE GOALS: To extend the acquired basic knowledge in nuclear and particle physics, experimental and theoretical aspects. Understanding of operation of basic detectors in nuclear and particle physics. Understanding of experiments which led to the discovery of atomic nucleus and determination of properties of nuclei and nucleons. Understanding of theoretical models for the description of nuclei. Understanding of nuclear properties: mass, charge, size, stability. Nuclear physics in applications: astrophysics, energy, medicine. Discoveries of elementary particles. Types of elementary particles. Forces and interactions in elementary particle physics and qualitative understanding of their theoretical descriptions.
LEARNING OUTCOMES AT THE LEVEL OF THE PROGRAMME:
1. KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
1.1. demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the fundamental laws of classical and modern physics
1.2. demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the most important physics theories (logical and mathematical structure, experimental support, described physical phenomena)
2. APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
2.1. identify and describe important aspects of a particular physical phenomenon or problem;
2.2. recognize and follow the logic of arguments, evaluate the adequacy of arguments and construct well supported arguments;
3. MAKING JUDGMENTS
3.1. develop a critical scientific attitude towards research in general, and in particular by learning to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data;
4. COMMUNICATION SKILLS
4.2. present complex ideas clearly and concisely;
5. LEARNING SKILLS
5.1. search for and use professional literature as well as any other sources of relevant information;
LEARNING OUTCOMES SPECIFIC FOR THE COURSE:
Upon completing the course, students will be able to:
* Understand and reproduce some quantitative descriptions of nuclear states, properties and interactions.
* Qualitatively describe basic theoretical nuclear models and related experiments.
* Qualitatively describe types of elementary particles and their interactions.
* Understand important experimental discoveries in particle physics.
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Alpha decay and measurement of energies of alpha particles with silicon detector. Gamma decay and measurement of energies of gamma rays with scintillation detector. Measurement of energies of gamma rays with HPGe. Muon decay and measurement of moun lifetime. Measurement of energies of gamma rays from positronium decay. Determination of sizes of nuclei. Structure of hadrons. Determination of proton radius. Neutrino and antineutrino. Weak interactions. Strong interactions. Standard model. Nucleosynthesis in stars and big bang. Nuclear fission reactors. Medical applications of nuclear physics.
REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS:
Attending seminars.
GRADING AND ASSESSING THE WORK OF STUDENTS:
Seminar (or oral exam, optional).
