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SCP7081704, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC2382, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track PHYSICS OF THE UNIVERSE [003PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination NUCLEAR ASTROPHYSICS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ANTONIO CACIOLLI FIS/01
Other lecturers PAOLA MARIGO FIS/05

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines FIS/04 Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics 3.0
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines FIS/05 Astronomy and Astrophysics 3.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 NUCLEAR ASTROPHYSICS 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 CACIOLLI ANTONIO (Presidente)
MARIGO PAOLA (Membro Effettivo)
2 NUCLEAR ASTROPHYSICS 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 CACIOLLI ANTONIO (Presidente)
LENZI SILVIA MONICA (Membro Effettivo)
1 NUCLEAR ASTROPHYSICS 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 MARIGO PAOLA (Presidente)
LENZI SILVIA MONICA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Elements of quantum mechanics and general physics
Target skills and knowledge: This course aims at providing the students with the theoretical and experimental knoweledge suitable to start a research activity in the field of nuclear astrophysics.
Examination methods: Oral/written examination on all topics covered during the course.
Assessment criteria: Assessment of understanding and mastery of the topics.
Course unit contents: Thermonuclear reactions.
Definition of nuclear cross section, astrophysical S-factor, reaction rate, and Gamow peak.
Nuclear burnings during hydrostatic and explosive stellar evolutionary phases.
Elements of stellar modelling.
Hydrogen burning: p-p chains, CNO, NeNa, MgAl cycles.
Helium burning: triple-alpha reaction and alpha + 12C.
Advanced nuclear burnings (C, Ne, O, Si).
Neutron-capture reactions (s and r: slow and rapid)
For each topic we provide an overview of the most relevant results in the recent literature.

How to determine the reaction rate for several cases (direct capture, narrow resonances, broad resonances)
How to perform a nuclear astrophysics experiment (every topic will be discussed with of existing experimental facilities and their most recent results)
The environmental background and how to shield it (passive and active shielding) Underground experiment
Brief discussion on ion beam accelerators
Elements on detectors (gamma, neutrons, and charged particles)
Experimental measurements of the cross section (from the experimental yield to the S-factor)
Targets typology (gas, jet, and solid target). Target production techniques and how targets influence
the experimental measurements.
Brief discussion on indirect methods (Trojan Horse, ANC, …)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: In-class lectures.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides and other material available in electronic format to the students.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C. E.Rolfs and W. S. Rodney, Couldrons in the Cosmos. --: The Chicago University Press, 1988. Cerca nel catalogo
  • C. Iliadis, Nuclear Physics of Stars. --: WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo