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Nuclear Physics

This is the (former!) gateway for information about the nuclear physics part of the undergraduate science-faculty course FYSC12, the LTH advanced course FKFN20 (only fall terms), and it is part of ÄFYD04 (high-school teachers).

Note that up-to-date information for a course occasion is posted on the Live@Lund pages of the respective study term! These pages comprise only an overview.

The course develops an understanding of the atomic nucleus based on macroscopic and microscopic models. Assessing success and limitations of various models used to describe the many facets of atomic nuclei as well as their excitations and decays is a key learning outcome of the course. Generic quantum mechanical concepts are being exemplified on behalf of atomic nuclei. Supported by the experimental part, you will understand the origin and relevance of nuclear radiation and detection in science and society. This part is supported by lectures on ongoing research topics in basic or applied nuclear physics in Lund.

By following the links to the right, you will find a brief description of the contents of the lectures, the problem sets, the associated laboratory exercises, and a list of teachers involved.


- K.S. Krane, Introductory Nuclear Physics (Wiley)*
- Handouts
- Laboratory manuals
- Problem sets
*or any other book with a similar title, covering the topics of the course. For instance, German speaking (exchange) students can consider T. Mayer-Kuckuk, Kernphysik (Teubner). For those preferably interested in more contemporary applications, the book by John Lilley, Nuclear Physics - Principles and Applications, is a good alternative (Wiley, The Manchester Physics Series).

Oral examination:

The lectures conclude with a 45-minute oral examination. MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS to enter the oral examination in nuclear physics are an average of 70% or higher success rate on the problem sets handled throughout the course, and valid (i.e., not necessarily approved but submitted) laboratory reports.

Questions? Comments?

If you have any questions concerning the lectures, problem sets or the final examination, please contact Dirk Rudolph via e-mail to, during the lectures, or see you in the B200 nuclear physics corridor.


Home Page Division of Nuclear Physics
Last modified 2019-01-17 by DR.


Course code: FYSC12
Credits: 7,5
Term: Spring & Fall
Grades: G or VG
Language: English

Course code: FKFN20
Credits: 7,5
Term: Fall
Grades: 3,4,5
Language: English

Assessment: Oral examination and completed laboratory exercises.