Nuclear Physics with Polarized Particles

  • Hans Paetz gen. Schieck

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 842)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Formalism: Description of Spin Polarization

    1. Front Matter
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  3. Nuclear Reactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
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  4. Devices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
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  5. Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
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  6. Applications

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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 179-182

About this book


The measurement of spin-polarization observables in reactions of nuclei and particles  is of great utility and advantage when the effects of single-spin sub-states are to be investigated. Indeed, the unpolarized differential cross-section encompasses the averaging over the spin states of the particles, and thus loses details of the interaction process. This introductory text combines, in a single volume, course-based lecture notes on spin physics and on polarized-ion sources with the aim of providing a concise yet self-contained starting point for newcomers to the field, as well as for lecturers in search of suitable material for their courses and seminars.


A significant part of the book is devoted to introducing the formal theory—a description of polarization and of nuclear reactions with polarized particles. The remainder of the text describes the physical basis of methods and devices necessary to perform experiments with polarized particles and to measure polarization and polarization effects in nuclear reactions. The book concludes with a brief review of modern applications in medicine and fusion energy research. For reasons of conciseness and of the pedagogical aims of this volume, examples are mainly taken from low-energy installations such as tandem Van de Graaff laboratories, although the emphasis of present research is shifting to medium- and high-energy nuclear physics. Consequently, this volume is restricted to describing non-relativistic processes and focuses on the energy range from astrophysical energies (a few keV) to tens of MeV. It is further restricted to polarimetry of hadronic particles.


Measurement of polarization observables Nuclear reactions with polarized particles Polarimetry Polarized beams Polarized fusion Sources and targets of polarized particles Spin physics and polarization phenomena Spin polarization and spin tensor moments

Authors and affiliations

  • Hans Paetz gen. Schieck
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  1. 1., Institut für KernphysikUniversität zu KölnKölnGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-24225-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-24226-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8450
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-6361
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