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# Book: Introduction to Applied Nuclear Physics (Cappellaro)


This text covers basic concepts of nuclear physics with emphasis on nuclear structure and interactions of radiation with matter. Topics include elementary quantum theory; nuclear forces; shell structure of the nucleus; alpha, beta and gamma radioactive decays; interactions of nuclear radiations (charged particles, gammas, and neutrons) with matter; nuclear reactions; fission and fusion.

Thumbnail: A model of the atomic nucleus showing it as a compact bundle of the two types of nucleons: protons (red) and neutrons (blue). (CC BY-NC 3.0; Marekich via Wikipedia)

Book: Introduction to Applied Nuclear Physics (Cappellaro) is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Paola Cappellaro via source content that was edited to conform to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.