T. William Donnelly is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research is centered on theoretical studies of electroweak interactions with nuclei.
Joseph A. Formaggio is an Associate Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on understanding the fundamental properties of neutrinos.
Barry R. Holstein is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research is in the area of theoretical physics, especially the particle/nuclear physics interface.
Richard G. Milner is a Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the experimental study of hadrons using electron scattering together with polarized beams and targets.
Bernd Surrow is an Associate Professor of Physics at Temple University, Philadelphia. His research is centered on high-energy QCD collider physics and novel micro-pattern detector development.
The book opens by setting nuclear physics in the context of elementary particle physics and then shows how simple models can provide an understanding of the properties of nuclei, both in their ground states and excited states, and also of the nature of nuclear reactions. It then describes: nuclear constituents and their characteristics; nuclear interactions; nuclear structure, including the liquid-drop model approach, and the nuclear shell model; and recent developments such as the nuclear mean-field and the nuclear physics of very light nuclei, nuclear reactions with unstable nuclear beams, and the role of nuclear physics in energy production and nucleosynthesis in stars.
Throughout, discussions of theory are reinforced with examples that provide applications, thus aiding students in their reading and analysis of current literature. Each chapter closes with problems, and appendixes address supporting technical topics.
Originally published in 1989.
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