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Nuclear Physics

Nuclear physics is the part of physics where the atomic nuclei and its properties are studied. The understanding of the nuclear interaction and how it affects the structure and properties of atomic nuclei is one of its main challenges. A wide range of applications, from which society can benefit, has originated from the successful development of this field

The course is intended to make the student familiar with to the basic concepts of Nuclear Physics, measurement techniques and important applications.

Nuclear structure is studied in the framework of models high-lighting different properties of nuclei and the forces acting between nucleons. Alpha, beta and gamma decay is discussed along with elastic scattering of electrons and nuclear reactions induced by accelerated light and heavy ions. The course also covers the interaction of radiation with matter, detectors for ionising radiation, their use and the basic principles of accelerators for nuclear research. Considerable time is devoted to applications of the techniques of nuclear physics to medicine, materials analysis and dating and to methods of energy production by nuclear fission and fusion. Methods discussed in lectures are applied in the laboratory work

  • Course structure

    This is a second cycle course. This course can also be taken as a third cycle course.

    The course will be given in English.

    Teaching format

    The teaching and learning activities are lectures, exercises, and mandatory laboratory sessions.


    The examination consists of a written exam and oral/written presentations of the laboratory work.


    Per-Erik Tegnér

    phone: 08 5537 8682


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    John Lilley: Nuclear Physics, Principles and Applications.

    Kenneth S. Krane: Introductory Nuclear Physics 

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course coordinator and teacher:

    Maria Doncel Monasterio

    phone: 08 55378516


    Course assistant:

    Gandharva Appagere, e-mail:


    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics:

    Student office: