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Basic Radiation Detection

Course Difficulty: Easy Course, no prior knowledge required.

Course Category: Basic Nuclear Science

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Module Description: This is a beginner's module to basic radiation detection. It covers the physical mechanisms behind the detection of gamma and neutron radiation and the different detectors used.

Prerequisites: Students taking this module should have a working knowledge of basic algebra and know what a neutron and gamma-ray are.

Learning Objectives: Students completing this module should be able to describe the physical mechanisms for detection of gamma and neutron radiation. They should also be able to identify and explain the general operation of gas-filled, scintillation, and semiconductor detectors.

Outline: This module consists of the following sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. Counting Statistics
  3. Gas-Filled Detectors
  4. Neutron Detection
  5. Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy
  6. Semiconductor Detectors
  7. Detector Lab

Each section contains reading material, videos, and reference materials. The reading material includes a brief discussion of the subject matter, and the videos explore the subject in further detail. The student should complete the reading material and then watch the videos if they wish to have additional information and a more in-depth explanation of the subject matter

A special thanks to Dr. W.D. Reece and Dr. W.H. Hsu for their help in producing this module.



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