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PHYS 575, Radiation and Detectors, Autumn 2015

  Course information
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Registration and textbooks:
Our course is in the UW course time schedule with two SLNs:
PHYS 575 C = 19523 (for students in the Professional MS Degree program, or Physics GNMs)

PHYS 575 A = 19522 (for grad students in other UW degree programs)
Certificate students: register for section D = SLN 21988

Textbooks required:
(In stock at the University Book Store)
Knoll, Glenn F.,
Radiation Detection and Measurement,
4th ed., 2012 (3rd ed., 2000 is OK )

General information

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.

Course meetings will be Tuesdays 6:30-8:50 pm in PAA A110.
We will meet on some Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:50 pm, in B-260 PAB, where we will have hands on lab work and demonstrations
See the course calendar (link on home page) for topics to be covered.

You will be expected to make a brief, informal report and presentation,  on a relevant topic you have chosen to investigate. Best is to propose a topic that is of special interest to you. (see list of suggested topics below for ideas but feel free to propose your own ideas). Reports should be at least a 15 min presentation, accompanied by a term paper with equivalent content, and should go beyond the depth we reach in class on some relevant topic.
  • Submit your topic proposal to me by email on or before October 16. Purpose: to make sure you get started! This should be brief paragraph describing the topic chosen, and the listing the references and resources (beyond the textbook, and not all Wikipedia!!) that you have already identified to use for your report. You must show that you have minimal resources for your topic; of course, you can later use additional references that you discover as you dig into your topic.
  • Report is due on or before class December 1, 2015. Send your .ppt, .doc or .pdf file or equivalent to me by email on or before then. We will reserve time in class on that date to hear student presentations.
  • You can team with a fellow student to divide the work studying a topic of common interest, but each member of the team must submit a presentation and paper independently.
Topic suggestions
Computer tomography image reconstruction
Cyclotrons and/or synchrotrons
Dosimetry devices
PET techniques
Contemporary designs for nuclear reactors
Gamma ray astrophysics detectors
Ultra-high energy cosmic ray detectors
Methods for producing medical radionuclides
Contemporary models for nuclei
Magnetic spectrometers
Low energy gamma rays and their absorption
Neutron shielding issues
Cherenkov detectors
background radiation levels - low BG labs, spacecraft, etc

Please check again later for further info.



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