Basic Concepts of Nuclear Physics (Hardcover)

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Basic Concepts of Nuclear Physics (Hardcover)


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book provides a clear and concise discussion of basic concepts of nuclear physics to be covered in a one semester course in nuclear physics offered in colleges and universities. This course can be taken by physics and nuclear engineering seniors and graduate students, who have taken one semester of quantum mechanics and a course in math. Methods of physics. This book begins with the general properties of nuclei. In chapters 2 and 3 it discusses the nature of nuclear force as learned from the properties of deuteron and from the two body interactions of (n, n ), (n, p) and (p, p) pairs. In chapter 4 it gives discussion of the nuclear structure in terms of different nuclear models such as shell, collective vibration and rotation, unified and liquid drop. The models are applicable in different mass regions of nuclei. In chapter 5, discussion is given about \, and - ray modes of decay of unstable nuclei. Chapter 6 deals with different types of nuclear reactions induced by n, p, d, t, \- particles etc. These reactions are compound nucleus formation, direct reactions, such as stripping, knock out, pick up reactions, photonuclear reactions, nuclear fission and nuclear fusion etc. Chapter 7 gives a brief discussion of application of nuclear physics to other fields such as bio medical, nuclear energy, industry, crime detection and astrophysics. In chapter 8, I have given conceptual problems related to each chapter. The main feature of this book is that it gives a coherent treatment of each topic of nuclear physics in the proper order.

Book Review

Basic concepts of nuclear physics written by Jagadish B. Garg, Physics Professor, State University at Albany is a timely book. To my knowledge no other text book on this subject had been published in recent years. This book is written in a clear, concise and orderly fashion.

The book begins with a discussion of the discovery of nucleus by Lord Rutherford and then describes all the basic properties of nuclei. In chapters 2and 3, the author discusses the nucleon nucleon force determined by properties of deuterons and from interaction of pairs of nucleons. In chapter 4, he discusses nuclear structure as described by shell, collective rotation, vibration, unified and liquid drop models. In chapter 5, he discusses various nuclear modes such as alpha, beta and gamma decay of unstable nuclei, In chapter 6, he discusses nuclear reactions induced by neutrons, protons, deuterons, He 3, He 4 and triton particles, photo nuclear reactions, nuclear fission and fusion. Theoretical treatment of these topics is appropriate for an introductory survey course in nuclear physics. Chapter 7 gives a brief discussion of application of nuclear physics to nuclear energy, to medical field such as diagnostic and treatment of human diseases, application to astro-physics, crime detection and determination of pollution in the environment The author is internationally known for his extensive research on many topics of nuclear physics.

The author should be complimented for a clear and concise discussion of all important topics of nuclear physics. This book is suitable for a one semester survey course in nuclear physics to be given in physics and nuclear engineering departments. I have taught introductory course in nuclear physics at Renssaeler Polytecnique Institute for many years and would have adopted this book if it was then available. I would recommend this book to other professors teaching an introductory survey course on nuclear physics.

- Norman Francis,
Adjunct Professor at RPI(retired)
Fellow of American Nuclear Society.
Jagadish B. Garg is professor of physics at the N Y state university of Albany, where he teaches undergraduate courses in general physics, contemporary astronomy and graduate level course in nuclear physics. For the past 40 years or so, he has done extensive research in neutron induced nuclear reactions in many nuclei all across the periodic table. This research was carried out using Columbia universitys Nevis cyclotron, electron linear accelerator at Oak Ridge national laboratory and high intensity fast breeder reactor at Brookhaven national laboratory. In 1970 he established a nuclear research program at the NY state University at Albany with the Dynamitron accelerator. He has published more than 100 research papers. In 1971 he organized an international conference on the statistical properties of nuclei in Albany and edited its proceedings, which was published by the Plenum press. In 1964 He was elected Fellow of the American Physical society and in 1961 fellow of the British physical society.
Product Details ISBN: 9781441553478
ISBN-10: 1441553479
Publisher: Xlibris Us
Publication Date: September 25th, 2009
Pages: 308
Language: English