Radiation, Nuclear & Particle Physics

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Radiation, Nuclear & Particle Physics

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    3rd Year Experimental Physics/Physics with Astrophysics, or equivalent

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The aim of this module is to develop a solid understanding of nuclear physics, radioactivity and elementary particle physics

    Module content: Nuclear and Particle Physics: liquid drop model, shell model of nucleus, nuclear spin, Gamov, Condon & Gurney model of alpha-decay, Fermi theory of beta-decay, gamma-decay, applications in nuclear medicine: PET, CT, MRI, human exposure to radiation, radiation dosimetry, the Standard Model, quarks, leptons and hadrons, the Eightfold Way, conservation laws, isospin, strangeness, parity violation, CP violation in neutral K-meson decay, CPT theorem.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.