Nuclear Physics (PHYS 527)

Anadi Canepa canepa at
Sun Jun 21 23:00:57 PDT 2015

Dear all,

In the coming fall term (September 8  to December 4, 2015)  we will offer a
graduate level course on Topics in Nuclear Physics (PHYS 527) through
UBC's Department for Physics and Astronomy. This graduate level course
is intended for Physics graduate students as well as Physics and
Engineering Physics senior undergraduates:

Off-site students will be able to attend via teleconferencing/video
conferencing. A course description can be found below.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The preliminary room assignment is Hennings 304  for the time-slot 11:00-12:30 (Pacific time).
However, depending on the demand for videoconferencing we may
move the class to TRIUMF and adjust the time to optimize the possibility for remote participation.

If you are interested in taking this course please register by sending an e-mail to reiner.kruecken at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

With best regards,
Jens Dilling
Iris Dillmann
Adam Garnsworthy
Reiner Kruecken


Topics in Nuclear Physics

The course will give an overview of the experimental methods used to
address the forefront questions concerning the structure and dynamics of
atomic nuclei, in particular those far away from stability. An overview
will be given on current central questions concerning the structure and
dynamics of exotic nuclei, their role in producing the chemical elements
in astrophysical scenarios and in testing for physics beyond the
standard model of particle physics using precision experiments.
Different experimental approaches will be introduced and examples from
recent experiments will be used to highlight the application of the
various techniques to investigate the main questions currently addressed
in this field of research.

The following topics will be addressed in the lecture:

Physics of Exotic Nuclei:
-          Structure of light nuclei from first principle
-          Shell structure and its modification far from stability
-          Collectivity at low and high energies
-          Phenomena at the neutron and proton drip lines
-          N=Z nuclei and isospin symmetry
-          Shape coexistence
-          Superheavy elements
-          Nuclear Astrophysics

Experimental Methods:
-          Production of radioactive ion beams
-          Separators and spectrometers
-          Ground state properties
-          Gamma-ray spectroscopy and associate techniques
-          Radioactive decays
-          Reaction studies

The grade for the course will be assigned based on:

– Homework assignments   25%
– Midterm exam   15%
– Research project -- written report and presentation  25%
– Final exam  35%

For remote participants the exams will have to be supervised at their home institutions and
presentations on the research project will be done by video conference.

Anadi Canepa
Research Scientist, Science Division
TRIUMF, 4004 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 2A3
Office: 89 Main Building
Tel: +16042227330

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