Rutgers Physics 418 Nuclei & Particles (Somalwar)
Homework 1 - Due Friday September 22, 2017 in class
Das & Ferbel refers to the textbook Introduction to Nuclear and
Particle Physics, 2nd
Edition, by A. Das and T. Ferbel
Deuteron: Covered in lectures
Entire Chapter 2: Mostly covered in class. Read sections
2.2.6 and 2.3 on your own.
Chapter 3: Read sections 3.1 and 3.2 on your own. Section 3.4 covered in class.
1) Das & Ferbel, Problem 2.1. Also estimate the radius of a neutron star
with a mass twice that of our sun and compare with the radius of the earth.
2) Das & Ferbel, Problem 2.2.
3) Das & Ferbel, Problem 2.9. Comment on how the results here would
suggest which materials one should consider for the "moderator" used to
slow neutrons in nuclear fission reactors. ( There are also other
considerations: see Chapt. 5, p. 114.)
4) Das & Ferbel, Problem 3.2. You may find it more convenient to go
to the on-line site
Chart of nuclides (http://atom.kaeri.re.kr/) instead
of the Handbook. Click on any region of the chart to get a magnified
view of that region, then click on any nuclide to get
information about it, including its atomic mass and binding energy.
5) Das & Ferbel, Problem 3.3. Additional hint: the alpha particle
is particularly strongly bound.
6) Das & Ferbel, Problem 3.5. (Don't expect too much agreement.)
Additional hints: The Chart of Nuclides
website above might be more convenient than the CRC. Use fig 3.4 from
the text. Read up on parity, but simply put, an even(odd) orbital angular
momentum (l) state has positive (negative) parity.