PHYS 575A, C, D - Special Topics in Experimental Physics:

Radiation and Detectors

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Autumn Quarter, 2015

3 graduate credits OR 3 Continuing Education Units

Meets: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:50pm
Room: Physics-Astronomy Building, Room A-114
OR -- available online at the same time
Labs: Three special sessions for hands-on work in lab, Physics-Astronomy Room B-260 (3 hr each, Thursdays - dates to be confirmed in class)


R. Jeffrey Wilkes
Kenneth Young Memorial Professor,
Department of Physics
B303 Physics Astronomy Building, 543-4232

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UW Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) contact:

To request forms for course registration, or for questions about registration, please contact:

Chantelle Vollmer
Program Administrator (for help with PCE administrative functions: course registration, tuition payment)
206.685.9586 |

Physics Professional MS Program contacts:

For information about the Physics Professional MS Degree Program, see Physics PMSP home page, or contact :

Catherine Provost
Graduate Student Adviser (for help with Graduate School rules and requirements)
C-139B Physics-Astronomy

R. J. Wilkes
Faculty Coordinator for Physics PMSP (for academic advising)
B-305 Physics-Astronomy

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Course description

Radiation (particles or photons) and radiation detectors of many kinds are crucial for acquiring information on physical phenomena and performing quantitative measurements in applied physics, astrophysics, health sciences and many other fields. 

This course will combine lectures with a seminar-discussion format. We will provide an overview of the nature of particle and photon radiation, their interactions with matter, and radiation effects. Sensors and detector systems for nuclear radiation and subatomic particles, and their applications in particle astrophysics, medical diagnostic imaging, industrial R&D, and basic research will be discussed. Specific material covered will depend upon interests of students.

Students will be expected to make brief, informal presentations, reporting on topics they have chosen to investigate. The instructor is an experimental particle physicist.


Intermediate level physics courses (E&M, QM, and thermodynamics), or equivalent engineering courses.

Open to:

a) Students matriculated in the UW Physics Evening MS Degree Program.

b) Anyone with adequate undergraduate preparation in a physical science, mathematics or engineering, including the prerequisites listed above. You may enroll for this class as a graduate non-matriculated student (GNM),  or as a Certificate student, without joining the degree program. Please contact PCE for further information.

c) Full or part time UW graduate students, from any college or campus.

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