Fundamentals in Nuclear Physics

From Nuclear Structure to Cosmology

Authors: Basdevant, Jean-Louis, Rich, James, Spiro, Michael

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This course explores nuclear physics and its applications ranging from the structure of nuclei and their reactions, to astrophysics and cosmology. The physics is introduced with arguments based on simple ideas such as the empirical structure of nuclear forces and its interplay with the Pauli principle and Coulomb repulsion. The book then develops elementary nuclear models and illustrates nuclear systematics with experimental data. Reactions and decays are discussed both phenomenologically and from the point of view of fundamental electro-weak interaction theory. The discussions of fission and fusion emphasize nuclear energy production. This leads directly into nuclear astrophysics and nucleosynthesis. The book ends with a presentation of the latest ideas about cosmology. As a primer this course will lay the foundations for more specialized subjects within the vast domain of nuclear physics as a whole.

This book emerged from a series of topical courses the authors delivered at the Ecole Polytechnique and will be useful for advanced undergraduates and for scientists in a variety of fields.

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The authors are well-regarded scientists who work at the interface of nuclear and particle physics and astrophysics... The text succeeds quite well in its aims.... [T]he authors have found the right balance between presenting nuclear physics as a domain of fundamental research and exploring its applications in neutrino physics, plasma physics, astrophysics, and cosmology.

              —A. Baha Balantekin, University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Physics Today


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fundamentals in Nuclear Physics
Book Subtitle
From Nuclear Structure to Cosmology
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-25095-3
DOI
10.1007/b106774
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-01672-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-1849-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 516
Number of Illustrations and Tables
184 b/w illustrations
Topics