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Module RADIATION, NUCLEAR & PARTICLE PHYSICS

Module code: EP440
Credits: 5
Semester: 2
Department: EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS
International: Yes
Coordinator: Dr Creidhe O'Sullivan (EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS)
Overview Overview
 

The aim of this module is to develop a solid understanding of nuclear physics, its applications in nuclear medicine, and elementary particle physics.

Module content:

Nuclear and Particle Physics: liquid drop model, shell model of nucleus, nuclear spin, Gamov, Condon & Gurney model of alpha-decay, Fermi theory of beta-decay, gamma-decay, applications in nuclear medicine: PET, CT, MRI, human exposure to radiation, radiation dosimetry, the Standard Model, quarks, leptons and hadrons, the Eightfold Way, conservation laws, isospin, strangeness, parity violation, CP violation in neutral K-meson decay, CPT theorem.

This module specifically addresses the following topics of the Core of Physics, as defined by Institute of Physics:

- Nuclear masses and binding energies

- Radioactive decay, fission and fusion

- Pauli exclusion principle, fermions and bosons and elementary particles

- Fundamental forces and the Standard Model

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