Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Physics
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway


This unit consists of three lecture sub-units and a practical component:

  • Nuclear physics: nuclear stability, shell model and angular momentum, radioactive decay selection rules, the neutrino and Fermi theory of beta decay, nuclear force;
  • Evolution of massive stars and synthesis of chemical elements; creation of supernova remnants and neutron stars, and types of continuum and line emission produced; interpreting X-ray spectra in relation to physical and chemical properties of these objects;
  • Elementary particles: spin, parity, isotopic spin, strangeness and baryon/lepton number, conservation laws of the fundamental interactions, symmetry theories.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the properties of elementary particles, their interactions and role in cosmological evolution;

  1. Describe nuclear systematics, nuclear models and nuclear structure;

  1. Describe the formation of supernova remnants and neutron stars, their radiation mechanisms and relevant physical processes;

  1. Apply laws of plasma physics, particle physics and nuclear physics to understanding of structure and dynamics of supernova remnants and neutron stars;

  1. Present results and critical discussion based on data analysis of supernova remnants and neutron stars.


Examinations (4.5 hours at 1.5 hours each): 72%
Assignments and Practical: 28%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and an average of 2 hours tutorial/practical per week