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Nuclear Physics | Senior Physics | meriSTEM


About This Course

meriSTEM Nuclear Physics will explore nuclear composition, stability, decay, halflives, nuclear energies and masses, nuclear reactions, nuclear power, binding energies and ionising radiation. Introduced by meriSTEM expert contributors and brought to life by your teacher.

Course sub-topics

  • Nuclear composition
  • Nuclear stability
  • Unstable nuclei and decay
  • Nuclear halflives
  • Nuclear energies and masses
  • Nuclear reactions
  • Nuclear power
  • Binding energy
  • Ionising radiation

Information for teachers

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Course Staff

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Greg Lane

Greg Lane is an experimental physicist at the Australian National University. Greg’s primary research interest revolves around attempts to understand the structure of exotic nuclei far from stability, particularly the discovery and characterisation of metastable nuclear excited states and investigations into collective modes of excitation in nuclei. This research employs large arrays of silicon and germanium semiconductor detectors for time-correlated gamma-ray and electron coincidence spectroscopy, with a focus on methods of identifying weakly populated nuclei that are difficult to access using conventional techniques.

He frequently performs and coordinates educational outreach activities. He also teaches a third year nuclear physics course at the Australian National University.

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