An Introduction to Nuclear Physics – W. N. Cottingham, D. A. Greenwood – 2nd Edition


This provides an excellent basis for a core module in physics for intermediate university of physics. It is distinguished by its combination of clarity and conciseness. The opens by setting nuclear physics in the context of elementary and goes on to describe many aspects and applications of nuclear physics. This second edition contains several new additional topics. Each chapter ends with a set of problems for which outline are provided.

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Table of Contents

1. Prologue
2. Leptons and the electromagnetic and weak interactions
3. Nucleons and the strong interaction
4. Nuclear sizes and nuclear masses
5. Ground-state properties of nuclei: the shell model
6. Alpha decay and spontaneous fission
7. Excited states of nuclei
8. Nuclear reactions
9. Power from nuclear fission
10. Nuclear fusion
11. Nucleosynthesis in stars
12. Beta decay and gamma decay
13. Neutrinos
14. The passage of energetic particles through matter

Appendix A. Cross-sections
Appendix B. Density of states
Appendix C. Angular momentum
Appendix D. Unstable states and resonances

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