PHY-20009 - Nuclear and Particle Physics
Coordinator: Raphael Hirschi Room: LJ2.09 Tel: +44 1782 7 33324
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734921

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Registration on level 2 of a degree programme in physics.

Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

Key topics in nuclear and particle physics including the standard model, conservation laws, Feynman diagrams, properties of nuclei and nuclear models (shells and collective states) including nuclear binding energy (semi-empirical mass formula) and energy levels, radioactive decay including selection rules, and nuclear reactions including fission and fusion. There is also a laboratory component, which is aimed at enhancing experimental and communication skills.

PHY-20009 aims to enable students to describe and explain key concepts in nuclear and particle physics, provide them with the problem solving skills required to address questions in nuclear and particle physics and carry out related numerical calculations. It also contains an element of laboratory work aimed at enhancing experimental and team working skills.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

describe and explain concepts and phenomena in nuclear and particle physics: 1,2,3
perform numerical calculations relevant to nuclear and particle physics: 1,2,3
execute and report on laboratory work within the context of physics: 4
work in a team on a short technical project: 4
solve problems independently: 1,2,3

Study hours

24 hours of lectures
12 hours problem classes
36 hours laboratory work
24 hours laboratory reports and problem sheets
54 hours examination revision and private study

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Unseen Exam weighted 60%
2 hour unseen exam
Section A: 10 short questions. Students to attempt all questions = worth 40% of the exam in total; Section B: A choice of 2 questions out of 4 = worth 60% of the exam in total.

2: Tutorial weighted 10%
Assessment is based on weekly attendance and engagement
Completing assigned problems on Nuclear Physics in problem classes, with assistance given as necessary.

3: Problem Sheets weighted 10%
Four problem sheets
Completing assigned problems on Nuclear Physics in own time, independently.

4: Report weighted 20%
Continuous assessment and group lab report
Assessment at the bench and as reported in laboratory diaries; accompanied by a detailed lab report describing the execution and results from an assigned group experiment.