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Course syllabus B-JFT - Nuclear Physics and Technology (FEEIT - WS 2019/2020)

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Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
Faculty: Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Course unit code:
Course unit title:
Nuclear Physics and Technology
Mode of delivery, planned learning activities and teaching methods:
2 hours weekly (on-site method)
seminar2 hours weekly (on-site method)

Credits allocated:
Recommended semester/trimester:
Nuclear and Physical Engineering - bachelor (compulsory), 5. semester
Level of study:
Prerequisites for registration:
Assesment methods:
Credit eligibility = exam admission after fulfilling all the following criteria:
1. Active participation in all seminars and laboratory exercises. seminars.
2. Submission of home exercises from seminars and reports from laboratory exercises.
3. Reaching at least 60% of total achievable points of handed reports.
Learning outcomes of the course unit:
Understanding of basic concepts and processes in atomic nuclei. Quantitative description of these processes with the aid of corresponding physical models and mathematical tools. Reading of expert text in nuclear physics with full competence. Comprehensive knowledge on nuclear structure, binding energy, radioactivity and physical properties of ionizing radiation.
Course contents:
1. Nucleus of an atom: Standard model of elementary particles. Meson theory of nuclear forces. Radius of nucleus. Nuclear binding energy. Nuclear shell model. The liquid drop model of nucleus. Nuclear reactions.
2. Radioactivity: Radioactive decay law. Carbon dating method. Cosmo-genic radionuclide dating. Activation and its applications. Combined radioactive decays. Decay chains.
3. Alpha decay: Energy balance. Potential barrier of nucleus. Characterization of alpha decay. Alpha spectrum.
4. Beta decay: Types of beta decays. Energy balances. Beta spectrum and neutrino. Characterization of beta decay.
5. Gamma radiation: Energy of excited nuclear states. Internal conversion. Isomeric transitions. Mössbauer spectrometry
6. Interaction of charged particles with matter. Bethe-Bloch formula.
7. Interaction of gamma rays with matter. Absorption law.
8. Neutrons: Neutron properties. Sources of neutrons.
9. Interaction of neutrons with matter. Detectors of neutrons.
10. Trans-uranium elements. Preparation of Trans-uranium elements. Island of stability.
11. Thermonuclear fusion: Fusion in nature. Fuel for fusion. Reactor for fusion.
Recommended or required reading:
HODGSON, P. -- GADIOLI, E. -- GADIOLI ERBA, E. Introductory nuclear physic. Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1997. 723 p. ISBN 0-19-851897-8.
PRUSSIN, S G. Nuclear Physics for Applications: A Model Approach. Weinheim : Wiley-VCH Verlag Gmbh, 2007. 631 p. ISBN 978-3-527-40700-2.

Language of instruction:
slovak or english
Courses evaluation:
Assessed students in total: 47

27,7 %
21,3 %
10,6 %
21,3 %
19,1 %
0 %
Name of lecturer(s):
Ing. Dorota Flamíková (instructor)
prof. Ing. Márius Pavlovič, PhD. (instructor, lecturer, person responsible for course) - slovak, english
Ing. Katarína Sedlačková, PhD. (instructor)
Ing. Branislav Stríbrnský (instructor)
doc. Ing. Andrea Šagátová, PhD. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, tutor)
Last modification:
6. 4. 2020
prof. Ing. Márius Pavlovič, PhD. and programme supervisor

Last modification made by RNDr. Marian Puškár on 04/06/2020.

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