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M.Sc. (Physics) | Curriculum | Paper :Nuclear And Particle Physics | Paper Code 09020203


Paper : Nuclear And Particle Physics

Paper Code : 09020203

Sr. No Topic Learning Objectives (At the end the student should be able to) Teaching Guidelines Methodology Time
1. Interaction of Nuclear radiations with Matter
1.Interaction of Gamma Radiation with Matter
2.Features of photoelectric, Compton and pair production processes
3.Interaction cross sections, energy, target and projectile dependence of all three processes
4. Linear and mass attenuation coefficients of gamma rays in matter, positron annihilation in matter.



Explain Interaction of Radiation with Matter

1.Interaction of Charged Particles with Matter: qualitative description of various energy loss mechanisms
2.Contribution in case of heavy ions and electrons, 3.Classical stopping power equation for electronic energy-loss (no derivation) with significance of various terms involved
4.Behavior of electronic energy-loss curve as a function of ion velocity
5.Concept of energy straggling and range straggling and their correlation

1. White board teaching


2. Assignments



10 hrs

2. Nuclear Detectors
1.Concept of energy resolution and efficiency of detector and its applications
2.Semiconductor Detectors: basic principle
3.Construction and working and applications of Si surface barrier
Discuss various Radiation Detectors




 To explain working of
1.G.M. Counter: basic principle, working
2.Geiger discharge, quenching & mechanism of pulse formation
3. Gamma Ray Spectrometer: basic principle and working of NaI (Tl) scintilation detector
4.Mechanism of pulse formation, basic idea of pulse processing unit
5.Lithium drifted silicon and germanium detectors, High purity germanium detector
 1. white board teaching

2. Class tests

9 hrs


1 hr


3. Radioactive Decays
1. Concept of isospin, Meson theory of nuclear forces, relationship between the range of the force and mass of the mediating particle
2.Elementary idea of compound nuclear reactions and direct reactions
3.Concept of neutron reactions
4. Coulomb excitation, nuclear kinematics.
5. Definition of cross section and its significance
Study Radioactive Decays, Nuclear Forces and Nuclear Reactions To explain
1.Tunnel theory of alpha decay
2.Energetics of beta decay, Fermi theory of allowed beta decay
3.Importance of Fermi-Kurie plot, Parity non-conserving property of neutrino
4. Nuclear Forces: experimental evidence of charge symmetry and charge independence of nuclear forces
5. Nuclear Reactions: types of nuclear reactions
6.Q-value of a nuclear reaction and its determination

1. White Board Teaching

2. Group discussions


8 hr



4. 1.High energy physics
1. Quarks as constituents of Hadrons

2.Qualitative idea of Quark confinement and asymptotic freedom
3.Necessity of introducing colour quantum number.


Knowledge of Particle Physics

To explain
1.Classification of particles- fermions and bosons
2.Particles and antiparticles Strange particles
3. Basic idea of different fundamental types of interactions with suitable examples
4. Quark flavors and their quantum numbers

1. White Board Teaching

2. Group discussions


8 hr