Nuclear Physics

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Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Jul 21, 2014 - Science - 612 pages
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This textbook explains the experimental basics, effects and theory of nuclear physics. It supports learning and teaching with numerous worked examples, questions and problems with answers. Numerous tables and diagrams help to better understand the explanations. A better feeling to the subject of the book is given with sketches about the historical development of nuclear physics. The main topics of this book include the phenomena associated with passage of charged particles and radiation through matter which are related to nuclear resonance fluorescence and the Moessbauer effect., Gamov’s theory of alpha decay, Fermi theory of beta decay, electron capture and gamma decay. The discussion of general properties of nuclei covers nuclear sizes and nuclear force, nuclear spin, magnetic dipole moment and electric quadrupole moment. Nuclear instability against various modes of decay and Yukawa theory are explained. Nuclear models such as Fermi Gas Model, Shell Model, Liquid Drop Model, Collective Model and Optical Model are outlined to explain various experimental facts related to nuclear structure. Heavy ion reactions, including nuclear fusion, are explained. Nuclear fission and fusion power production is treated elaborately.

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Dr. Anwar Kamal (May 1934 – Nov. 2011) graduated from Madras University (1953) and did his post-graduation from Osmania University (1955). He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Bristol, UK (1958), under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Prof. C.F. Powell. His research work was mainly concerned with high energy physics with emulsion technique. He used the facility of Nuclear Science Centre at New Delhi, during his research period. Anwar Kamal served at Osmania University as a lecturer (1958), Reader (1969), Professor (1977-94) and the Head of the Physics Department (1989-92). He was also a Post Doctoral Fellow at Ottawa University (1967-68) and a visiting Professor at University of Tebrez, Iran (1970-73). He was appointed as Chairman, Board of Studies (1979-83). He has authored more than a dozen physics textbooks for different undergraduate and graduate levels. Some of his internationally famous books include “Solutions to Resnick and Halliday Physics”, “1000 Solved Problems in Classical Physics” and “1000 Solved Problems in Modern Physics”. He has also published forty research papers in various Journals of repute and supervised a number of Ph.D. theses.

“Concepts of Nuclear and Particle Physics” was supposed to be Dr. Kamal’s first book and his dream project, but unfortunately it turned out to be his last one, his masterpiece. He passed away in November 2011, before he could see the published work.

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