Course name: Nuclear and elementary particle physics

Course status: compulsory

Course language: polish

Name of the teacher: prof. dr hab. Piotr Magierski

Semester: 8

Number of hours: 3/ 0/ _ (Lect/Classes/Lab)


Number of ECTS credits:

Pre-requsites: Quantum Mechanics

Form of completion: Exam (written)

Assessment methods: Final grade reflects students knowledge and understanding of the

presented material.

Aims of the course: During the course student gets acquainted with basics of elementary particle physics: particle properties and conservation laws in elementary particle reactions. Moreover he/she learns about properties of strong interaction and properties of atomic nuclei. After completing the course student is able to estimate binding energy of a given nucleus, determine some properties of its ground state and low-energy excitations, as well as determine possible decay channels.


1. Introduction to elementary particle physics

Classification of elementary particles.
Basic properties of fundamental interactions.
Quantum numbers and conservation laws.

2. Nucleon-nucleon interaction
General form of nucleon-nucleon potential in vacuum.
Deuteron properties.
Nucleon-nucleon interaction in nuclear matter: Bethe-Goldstone equation.
Special solution of Bethe-Goldstone equation: pairing effect.

3. Basic properties of atomic nuclei

Size of atomic nuclei, nucleon density distribution in atomic nucleus.
Nuclear binding energy, liquid drop formula.
Stability of atomic nuclei: alpha decay, beta decay, fission.

4. Nuclear models

Fermi gas model: symmetry energy, density of states.
Shell model: magic numbers, shell effects.
Determination of nuclear mean-field potential using Hartree-Fock method.
Collective models: rotations, vibrations of atomic nuclei.

5. Nuclear reactions

Pick-up reactions.
Reactions through compound nucleus.
Direct reactions. Optical models.
Heavy-ion collisions at high energies: particle production.
Synthesis of elements in nature: synthesis of light elements, supernova explosion, r-process.

Basic literature:

1. B.Nerlo-Pomorska, K.Pomorski, Wybrane działy teorii jądra atomu.

2. G.E. Brown, Unified Theory of Nuclear Models and Forces (North Holland Publ. Co., Amsterdam, 1967) – polish translation exists.

3. A.Bohr, B.Mottelson, Struktura jądra atomowego, t.I,II.

4. E.Leader, E.Predazzi, Wstęp do teorii oddziaływań kwarków i leptonów.

5. D.H. Perkins, Wstęp do fizyki wysokich energii, PWN 2004.