Recall: Nuclear Physics Nucleus = Protons+ Neutrons nucleons A = nucleon number (atomic mass number) Gives you mass density of element Z = proton number (atomic number) Gives chemical properties (and name) N = neutron number A=N+Z A Z Periodic_Table
Preflight 27.1 A material is known to be an isotope of lead Based on this information which of the following can you specify? 1) The atomic mass number 2) The neutron number 3) The number of protons
Strong Nuclear Force Hydrogen atom: Binding energy =13.6eV Simplest Nucleus: Deuteron= neutron + proton (Isotope of H) (of electron to nucleus) Binding energy of deuteron = or 2.2Mev! That’s around 200,000 times bigger! neutron proton Very strong force Coulomb force electron proton
# protons = # neutrons Pauli Principle - neutrons and protons have spin like electron, and thus m s = 1/2. But protons repel one another (Coulomb Force) and when Z is large it becomes harder to put more protons into a nucleus without adding even more neutrons to provide more of the Strong Force . For this reason, in heavier nuclei N>Z. 7 Can get 4 nucleons into n=1 state. Energy will favor N=Z
Nuclei have energy level (just like atoms) 12 C energy levels Note the energy scale is MeV rather than eV energy needed to remove a proton from 12 C is 16.0 MeV energy needed to remove a neutron from 12 C is 18.7 MeV
Preflight 27.2 Where does the energy released in the nuclear reactions of the sun come from?
covalent bonds between atoms
binding energy of electrons to the nucleus
(3) binding energy of nucleons
Binding Energy Einstein’s famous equation E = m c 2 Deuteron: mc 2 = 1875.6MeV Difference is Binding energy , 2.2MeV M Deuteron = M Proton + M Neutron – |Binding Energy| Example proton: mc 2 =(1.67x10 -27 kg)(3x10 8 m/s) 2 =1.50x10 -10 J Proton: mc 2 = 938.3MeV Neutron: mc 2 = 939.5MeV Adding these, get 1877.8MeV
Binding Energy Plot Iron (Fe) has most binding energy/nucleon. Lighter have too few nucleons, heavier have too many. BINDING ENERGY in MeV/nucleon 10 Fission Fusion = Combining small atoms into large Fission = Breaking large atoms into small Fusion
Which element has the highest binding energy/nucleon?
Preflight 27.4 Which of the following is most correct for the total binding energy of an Iron atom (Z=26)? 9 MeV 234 MeV 270 MeV 504 Mev
3 Types of Radioactivity particles: electrons : photons (more energetic than x-rays) penetrate! Easily Stopped Stopped by metal particles: nuclei Radioactive sources B field into screen detector
Preflight 27.6 A nucleus undergoes decay. Which of the following is FALSE? 1. Nucleon number decreases by 4 2. Neutron number decreases by 2 3. Charge on nucleus increases by 2
Preflight 27.7 The nucleus undergoes decay. Which of the following is true? 1. The number of protons in the daughter nucleus increases by one. 2. The number of neutrons in the daughter nucleus increases by one.
ACT: Decay Which of the following decays is NOT allowed? 1 2 3 4
Radioactive decay rates If the number of radioactive nuclei present is cut in half, how does the activity change? 1) It remains the same 2) It is cut in half 3) It doubles Preflight 27.8 No. of nuclei present decay constant Decays per second, or “activity”
ACT: Radioactivity Start with 16 14 C atoms. After 6000 years, there are only 8 left. How many will be left after another 6000 years? 1) 0 2) 4 3) 8 No. of nuclei present decay constant Decays per second, or “activity”
Radioactivity Quantitatively Instead of base e we can use base 2 : Survival: No. of nuclei present at time t No. we started with at t=0 where Then we can write Half life No. of nuclei present decay constant Decays per second, or “activity”
You are radioactive! One in 8.3x10 11 carbon atoms is 14 C which decays with a ½ life of 5730 years. Determine # of decays/s per gram of Carbon. Example
Carbon Dating We just determined that living organisms should have a decay rate of about 0.23 events/s per gram of carbon. The bones of an ice man are found to have a decay rate of 0.23/2 events/s per gram. We can estimate he died about 6000 years ago. Example
ACT/Preflight 27.9 The half-life for beta-decay of 14 C is ~6,000 years. You test a fossil and find that only 25% of its 14 C is un-decayed. How old is the fossil? 1. 3,000 years 2. 6,000 years 3. 12,000 years