(Created 2009-08-11.)

THEORY OF NUCLEAR STRUCTURE | FMF121 |

**Aim**

The course aims at giving a basic understanding of theoretical models used in nuclear physics, specifically focusing on the structure of atomic nuclei.

*Knowledge and understanding*

For a passing grade the student must

- be able to understand and explain some models used in nuclear structure physics
- be able to analyse possibilities and restrictions of different models

*Skills and abilities*

For a passing grade the student must

- be able to determine which mathematical models are appropriate in different situations
- be able to carry through advanced calculations using some different models
- be able to write reports on computer exercises with high demands on disposition, use of language and layout
- be able to extract the main content in simple scientific papers

**Contents**

Basic properties of the atomic nucleus. Nuclear potentials, deformed nuclei. Coupling of angular momenta and Clebsch-Gordan coefficiants. Some topics of current interest like rapidly rotating nuclei and nuclei far from the beta-stability line are introduced. Creation and annihilation operators are discussed and the theory of superconductivity (BCS theory) applied to nuclei is presented.

The course includes some computer based exercises where realistic nuclear models are used to calculate some interesting properties of nuclei.

**Literature**

Nilsson, S.G and Ragnarsson, I: Shapes and shells in nuclear structure, Cambridge University Press, 1995 and recent reference material.