What is Nuclear physicist: Definition and 15 Discussions

Nuclear physics is the field of physics that studies atomic nuclei and their constituents and interactions, in addition to the study of other forms of nuclear matter.
Nuclear physics should not be confused with atomic physics, which studies the atom as a whole, including its electrons.
Discoveries in nuclear physics have led to applications in many fields. This includes nuclear power, nuclear weapons, nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging, industrial and agricultural isotopes, ion implantation in materials engineering, and radiocarbon dating in geology and archaeology. Such applications are studied in the field of nuclear engineering.
Particle physics evolved out of nuclear physics and the two fields are typically taught in close association. Nuclear astrophysics, the application of nuclear physics to astrophysics, is crucial in explaining the inner workings of stars and the origin of the chemical elements.

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  1. TR094

    Other How much coding do I need to learn when becoming a nuclear physicist?

    I'm currently in high school and in the future I want to become a nuclear physicist. I'm not really into coding in general and I worry that would be a bad thing. I'm more on wanting to do lab work. I know I don't really have to worry about this now but it's good to know now for the future so I...
  2. Lotto

    B What is meant by "local melting"?

    I suppose it means that the gadolinium melts only at one particular location, but I have no idea how to take it mathematically. Could I just say that local melting is when I destroy a bond between two gadolinium atoms? Could I calculate with this? I just need to understand what I am supposed to...
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    Two Particles Connected by Massless Rod: Dynamics Analysis

    Two point-like particles of mass m. The particles are rigidly connected to each other with a mass-less rod of length L. The particles are initially at rest in such a way that one particle is at the origin and the other is at the point (0, L). A point-like particle of mass M collides with a...
  4. Swapnil Das

    Physics What are the potential career options for a Nuclear Theorist?

    Hi There! I am exploring career options in Nuclear Physics, exactly speaking, Theoretical Nuclear Physics. One of the ways to pursue a career in the field is of course in the academia, as a Professor and Researcher. But as we know, sustaining in the academia is not an easy job. I was wondering...
  5. Sai Maurice

    Engineering Nuclear physicist with nuclear engineering PhD?

    Hello Physicsforums. The title states my main question, but there is a little bit more than is revealed there. 1. Can you become a nuclear physicist with a nuclear engineering PhD? 2. If not, then can I get a PhD in nuclear physics with a double major in mechanical engineering and mathematics...
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    Engineering Guidance as a nuclear physicist after B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering

    Can anyone please provide me information about the career as a nuclear physicists after B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering. is it a viable option?
  7. P

    Physics What does a nuclear physicist do?

    And where does he work? University, industry or government?
  8. A

    What to Read/Study in Physics if I want to be a Physicict

    Hey I'm new to this forum and I'm 14 and I want to be a future Physicist (Probably Particle Physicist ) and I was wondering what books are good for starting out , just to let you know what kind of content I'm looking for I already know about General relativity , special relatativity , and the...
  9. C

    Is studying nuclear engineering abroad my only option?

    hello everyone . I'm at my final year in college and I still didn't decide what profession should I choose. I love physics and in particular nuclear.(I have the highest grade in physics in all college). I want to do nuclear physics or nuclear engineering. But the problem is that: 1)- I am...
  10. P

    Programs Is it possible to pursue a career in nuclear physics without getting a degree?

    I am currently in my final year at college and wish to pursue a career in nuclear physics as this is something which strongly interests me. However, if it is possible i would rather skip the university part and take a different route into the career like an apprenticeship. i have found it hard...
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    Physics I Need Guidance in Becoming a Nuclear Physicist

    Hello PFers! I am currently a Junior in HighSchool and I am extremely interested in Nuclear Science. My mentality is to prepare for things in advance as soon as possible, so I would love to know some things that I can research and do that would give me a head start and basic...
  12. E

    Working on nuclear fusion as nuclear physicist

    Most research on nuclear fusion obviously is done in materials for containing and generating the plasma and this is not the speciality of a nuclear physicist. Is there actually anything for nuclear physicists to do for research other than figuring out a totally new path for achieving fusion?
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    Physics How does one become a nuclear physicist? (go ahead laugh it up im used to it)

    Every time i mention atomic science as an area of study everyone goes HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Yeah well stanton friedman had to have started somewhere, i don't care what others think, i will study 24/7 until I'm 70 if i have to i am interested in this topic and nuclear physicists are ALL that...
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    Engineering Quantum physicist vs Nuclear Physicist vs Chemical Engineer

    I have been planning on dual majoring as a nuclear physicist and also a chemical engineer. I was going to be the chemical engineer until I could get a good job as a nuclear physicist. This changed though when I started learning about quantum mechanics and I realized how much I enjoy it. I like...