FYSS3460 Fission and its Applications (5 cr)
Fission processes: spontaneous and induced fission, delayed fission
fission yield distributions, fission neutrons, gamma ray emission
contemporary research on fission process
contemporary research utilizing fission and fission products
nuclear reactors and production of nuclear power
At the end of this course, students will know
1) the basics of fission process
- types and modes of nuclear fission and the key experimental techniques to study fission
- how fission can be described as a barrier penetration process
- impact of the shell effects on the fission barrier shape
- how to explain the pathway to fission as a random walk in an energy landscape of nuclear shapes
- how this many-dimensional energy landscape leads to the observed fission observables
2) the basics of fission related data bases
- Where to look for information on fission cross sections, fission product yields, fission neutron multiplicities etc.
3) the basics of nuclear reactor physics
- fundamentals of neutron production, moderation and absorption
- the diffusion equation and the derivation of the reactor equation to achieve self-sustainable reactor cycle
- concept of reactivity how to perform a simple reactivity calculation
- the most important new nuclear reactor concepts: breeders, thorium fuel cycle, and subcritical accelerator driven reactors.
Description of prerequisites
Before enrolling for this course, students should have studied or be currently studying FYSS3300 Nuclear Physics.
Lecture slides and associated notes, relevant contemporary articles given by lecturers.
- Course textbook: Enzo De Sanctis et al.: Energy from Nuclear Fission, An Introduction. 2016 Springer.; ISBN: 978-3-319-30649-0
- Useful reading: H.J. Krappe, K. Pomorski, Theory of Nuclear Fission, Lecture Notes in Physics 838 (e-book, DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-23515-3.
- Useful reading: C. Wagemans (ed), The Nuclear Fission Process, ISBN 978-0849354342.
Teaching (5 cr)
Lectures, home exercises, reading assignments, writing assignments, examination.
Independent study (5 cr)
Self-study and exam