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Nuclear Chemistry 2

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15JACH2 Z,ZK 4 2+2 Czech

In order to register for the course 15JACH2, the student must have successfully completed the course 15JACH1 in a previous semester.

In order to register for the course 15PJCH, the student must have successfully completed or received credit for and not exhausted all examination dates for the course 15JACH2.

Garant předmětu:
Václav Čuba
Václav Čuba, Jan John, Xenie Popovič
Václav Čuba, Jan John, Xenie Popovič
Department of Nuclear Chemistry

The following topics are discussed in detail in the course: Nuclear reactions yield, reaction cross section, excitation function. Fission reaction, spontaneous fission. Chemistry of atoms formed in a nuclear reaction, local temperature, atomic recoil and recoil energy, recoil of atom bound in a molecule, hot atom chemistry, retention, Szilard Chalmers reaction.


Completed course of all basic chemistry disciplines, basic course of nuclear chemistry.

Syllabus of lectures:

1.Yield of nuclear reactions, reaction cross section.

2.Excitation functions.

3.Types of nuclear fission, theory of fission.

4.Fission by thermal neutrons.

5.Fission products.

6.Fission by medium energy particles. High energy fission.

7.Spontaneous fission. Chain reaction.

8.Hot atom chemistry ? atomic recoil and recoil energy.

9.Reactions of hot atoms.

10.Processes in (n,g) reactions.

11.Processes in other binuclear reactions.

12.Processes in nuclear decay.

13.Processes in gamma-ray emission, isomeric transfer and internal conversion

Syllabus of tutorials:

1.Radionuclide generation in particle flux.

2.Reaction energy.

3.Threshold energy, endoergic reaction, Coulomb barrier energy .

4.Mass and energy balance of nucleus, binding energy.

5.Atomic recoil, recoil energy.

6.Fission reactions.

Study Objective:

This course provides the students with the knowledge of the ways of expressing the yields of nuclear reactions, nuclear fission systematics, and basics of the chemistry of atoms formed in nuclear reactions.

The students will acquire competence to determine the irradiation conditions necessary to achieve required parameters, evaluate the fissibility of nuclear materials under various conditions, determine the development of the composition of the mix of fission products in time, and to determine the fate of an atom bound in a molecule, that underwent a nuclear reaction.

Study materials:

Key Literature:

1.G. R. Choppin et al.: Radiochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry, 4th Ed., Academic Press, 2013

2.F. Rösch: Nuclear- and Radiochemistry, De Gruyter, Berlin, 2014

Recommended Literature:

1.A. Vértes et al. (Eds.): Handbook of Nuclear Chemistry, Kluwer, Dordrecht, 2003

2.D. Loveland, D. J. Morrissey, G. T. Seaborg: Modern Nuclear Chemistry, 2nd Ed., John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey, 2017

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