Nuclear and Particle Physics

National University of Ireland, Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Nuclear and Particle Physics

  • Host University

    National University of Ireland, Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Admission to this course is subject to the agreement of the Head of the Discipline offering the course and will depend on the applicant's academic background in the relevant subject area.

  • 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

    Texts (reference)

    An Introduction ot the Physics of Nuclei and Particles, Richard A. Dunlap (Pub: Brooks/Cole, 2004)


    1. Nuclear Physics:
    Properties and models of the nucleus, radioactive decay, modern radiation detection techniques and devices.
    Fission, principle of operation of thermal reactor.
    Nuclear spectroscopy.

    2. Particle Physics:
    Quarks, leptons, hadrons, forces, the standard model.

    3. Introduction to Plasma Physics:
    Plasma physics and applications. Reactions in hot plasmas and the sun.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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