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Revision Notes on Nuclear Physics:-
Nuclear Physics:- Branch of physics dealing with the study of nucleus is called nuclear Physics.
Constituents of nucleus (Nucleons) :-
Mass of proton, mp = 1.6726×10-27 kg
Charge of proton = 1.602×10-19 C
Mass of neutron, mn = 1.6749×10-27 kg
(c) 1 atomic mass unit (1 amu) = 1.66×10-27 kg
(d) 1 amu = 1 u = 931.5 MeV
Properties of nucleus:-
(a) Charge on nucleus = 1.602×10-19 Z coulomb
(b) Size of nucleus:-
The radius r of the nucleus depends upon the atomic mass A of the element.
Here R0 = 1.2×10-13 cm (1 Fermi =10-13 cm)
Volume of the nucleus:-
V = 4/3 πr3 = 4/3 π (R0A1/3)3
(c) Density of nucleus:-
Density of nucleus = mass/volume = A/(4/3 πR03A) = [3/(4πR03)]
Isotopes:- Nuclei having same atomic number Z but different mass number A are called isotopes.
Isobars:- Nuclei having same mass number A but different atomic number Z are called isobars.
Isotones:- Nuclei having the same number of neutrons (N) but different atomic number (Z) are called isotones.
Nature of nuclear force:-
(a) Nuclear forces are attractive in nature.
(b) Nuclear forces are charge independent.
(c) These are short range forces.
(d) Nuclear forces decrease very quickly with distance between two nucleons.
(e) Nuclear forces are spin dependent.
Mas defect:- If the mass of the nucleus HZA is M, then the mass defect,
ΔM = [Zmp + (A-Z)mn – M]?
Here, mp and mn are the masses of the proton and neutron respectively.
Binding Energy = (ΔM) c2 = [Zmp + (A-Z)mn – M] c2
If we use atomic mass instead of nuclear masses, then,
Binding Energy, B = [ZmH + (A-Z)mn – Mat] c2
Here Mat is the mass of the atom and mH is the mass of the hydrogen atom.
Binding energy per nucleon:-
B/A = [Zmp + (A-Z)mn – M] c2 /A
B/A = [ZmH + (A-Z)mn – Mat] c2/A
Radioactivity:- The phenomenon by virtue of which substance, spontaneously, disintegrate by emitting certain radiations is called radioactivity.
Alpha decay:- It is the process in which a parent nucleus decays into the daughter nucleus by ejecting an alpha particle.
Beta decay:- It is the process in which a parent nucleus decays into the daughter nucleus by ejecting an electron.
Gama decay:- Sometimes the daughter nucleus is left in the excited state. It decays in to any other lower state or ground state by emitting γ-rays.
Laws of radioactivity:-
(a) Radioactivity is due to the disintegration of a nucleus.
(b) Rate of disintegration is not affected by the external conditions like temperature and pressure etc.
(c) Law of conservation of charge holds good in radioactivity.
(d) The disintegration is accompanied by the emission of energy in terms of α, β and γ-rays either single or all at a time.
Emission of α- particle results in a decrease in its atomic number by 2 and a decrease in its atomic weight by 4.
Emission of β- particle results in an increase in its atomic number by 1 while its atomic weight remains unaffected.
Emission of γ- rays results neither in a change of atomic number nor in a change of atomic weight.
(e) Each of the product disintegration is a new element having physical and chemical properties different from those of the parent atom.
(f) Rate of disintegration of the radioactive substance, at any instant, is directly proportional to the number of atoms present at that instant.
N = N0e-λt
If, t = 1/λ, then, N = N0/e
Therefore, radioactive decay constant is defined as the reciprocal of time in which the number of atoms of radioactive sample is reduced to N0/e.
Half-life (T1/2):- Half-life of a radioactive substance is defined as the time during which the number of atoms of the substance are reduced to half their original value.
T1/2 = 0.693/λ
Thus, half-life of a radioactive substance is inversely proportional to its radioactive decay constant.
Average life (Tav):- Arithmetic mean of the lives of all the atoms is known as mean life or average life of the radioactive substance.
Tav = sum of lives of all atoms / total number of atoms
Average life of a radioactive substance is equal to the reciprocal of its radioactive decay constant.
Relation between T1/2 and Tav:-
T1/2 = 0.693× Tav
Half-life = 0.693×average life
Units of radioactivity:-
(a) Curie (Ci):- Radioactivity of a substance is said to be one curie if its atoms disintegrate at the rate of 3.7×1010 disintegrations per second.
(b) Rutherford (rd):- Radioactivity of a substance is said to be 1 Rutherford if its atoms disintegrate at the rate of 106 disintegrations per second.
Relation between Curie and Rutherford:-
1 C = 3.7×104 rd
Nuclear fission:- Nuclear fission is the process by which a nucleus breaks up in such a way that the two products obtained are of comparable sizes.
Fission of U92235 by fast moving neutrons is represented as,
Value of Q in this reaction is 200.4443 MeV.
Chain reaction:-The above quoted fission reaction proceeding in an uncontrolled manner is known as chain reaction and forms the basis of atom bomb. Following conditions must be met with, for the chain reaction to proceed.
(a) The fissionable material should be larger...
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