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An Introduction to the Physics of Nuclei and Particles, 1st Edition

  • Richard Dunlap Institute for Research in Materials at Dalhousie University
  • ISBN-10: 0534392946  |  ISBN-13: 9780534392949
  • 416 Pages
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $212.25



Timely and engaging, AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PHYSICS OF NUCLEI AND PARTICLES focuses on one of the most exciting areas of physics. Author Richard Dunlap has taught this course for the last ten years-during the last two of which he used this text successfully in his own classroom. The author designed this text to provide flexibility and freedom for instructors teaching a one-semester course by including a wealth of problems as well as approximately 20% more material than is necessary for the average 14-week course. In order to ensure that the book is up-to-date and interesting for the students, the author has included recent research results whenever possible and has presented data from ongoing experiments. This is particularly relevant for fields in which there is considerable current research activity, such as neutrino masses and oscillations, quark masses and controlled fusion.

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Table of Contents

1. Basic Concepts.
2. Particles and Interactions.
3. Nuclear Composition and Size.
4. Binding Energy and the Liquid Drop Model.
5. The Shell Model.
6. Properties of the Nucleus.
7. General Properties of Decay Processes.
8. Alpha Decay.
9. Beta Decay.
10. Gamma Decay.
11. Nuclear Reactions.
12. Fission Reactions.
13. Fusion Reactions.
14. Particles and Interactions.
15. The Standard Model.
16. Particle Reactions and Decays.
17. Grand Unified Theories and the Solar Neutrino Problem.
Appendix A: Physical Constants and Conversion Factors.
Appendix B: Properties of Nuclides.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"I really like the author’s approach and the coverage provided by this prospective text. It is much like the text we use but is more compact, while hardly compromising the coverage. And, of course, it is up-to-date. I would likely adopt it and/or recommend adoption to whomever was teaching our two-quarter upper division nuclear course. I think the resulting text would be the leading candidate for adoption."

— F. Paul Brady, University of California – Davis


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Student Solutions Manual  (ISBN-10: 0534392954 | ISBN-13: 9780534392956)

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Student Supplements

Student Solutions Manual  (ISBN-10: 0534392954 | ISBN-13: 9780534392956)

Contains solutions to all of the even-numbered end-of-chapter problems.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Richard Dunlap

Richard A. Dunlap is a professor in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University and has a cross-appointment in the College of Sustainability. He received a B.S. in Physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1974), an A.M. in Physics from Dartmouth College (1976) and a Ph.D. in Physics from Clark University (1981). Since 1981 he has been on the faculty at Dalhousie University. From 2001 to 2006 he was Killam Research Professor of Physics, and since 2009 he has been Director of the Dalhousie University Institute for Research in Materials. He currently is a member of the DREAMS Program (Dalhousie Research in Energy, Advanced Materials and Sustainability). Prof. Dunlap is author of three previous text books Experimental Physics: Modern Methods (Oxford 1988), The Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Numbers (World Scientific 1997) and An Introduction to the Physics of Nuclei and Particles (Brooks/Cole 2004). Over the years his research interests have included critical phenomena, magnetic materials, amorphous materials, quasicrystals, hydrogen storage, and superconductivity. His current research activities are primarily in the area of materials for advanced rechargeable batteries. He has published more than 280 refereed research papers.