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NE 204

Course Title: 
Advanced Concepts in Radiation Detection and Measurements
Course Units: 
3
Catalog Description: 
  • Advanced concepts in the detection of ionizing radiation relevant for basic and applied sciences, nuclear non-proliferation, and homeland security. Concepts of signal generation and processing with advantages and drawbacks of a range of detection technologies. Laboratory comprises experiments to compare conventional analog and advanced digital signal processing, information generation and processing, position-sensitive detection, tracking, and imaging modalities. Offered odd-numbered years.
Course Prerequisite: 
  • Graduate standing
  • NE 104 or similar course or consent of instructor
  • NE 101 and NE 107 Recommended
Course Objectives: 
  • Introduce students to advanced concepts used to measure high-energy radiation based on direct or
    indirect ionization and heat in cryogenic detectors.
  • Introduce digital signal processing concepts to extract specific features to be measured from the
    radiation detection system; introduce adaptive and time-dependent filters; compare analog and
    digital signal processing.
  • Evaluate charge transport properties and its impact on detector properties in cryogenic and roomtemperature
    operational semiconductor detectors.
  • Introduce gamma-ray imaging concepts, including collimator-based and collimator-less imaging
    modalities.
  • Introduce neutron imaging concepts.
  • Through laboratory experience and discussion, show students how radiation detection systems
    behave in practice and how they can be applied to problems of interest in nuclear science and
    engineering, general science, biomedicine, and environmental science.
Topics Covered: 
  • Basic concepts and implementations in radiation detection.
  • Gamma-ray detection and imaging, imaging modalities, basic concepts in image reconstruction.
  • Neutron detection and imaging.
  • Digital signal processing, digital vs. analog filters.
  • Charge transport in semiconductor detectors.
  • Laboratory measurement, uncertainty estimation, data recording, analysis, report writing.
  • Application of radiation measurement to nuclear science and engineering, general science, biomedicine, and environmental science.
Textbook(s) and/or Other Required Materials: 
  • Glenn. F. Knoll, Radiation Detection and Measurement, 4th ed., John Wiley and Sons,
    New York (2010).
Class/Laboratory Schedule: 
  • Two hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory per week
Assessment of Student Progress Toward Course Objectives: 
  • Laboratory reports: 60%
  • Technical presentation: 25%
  • Laboratory performance: 15%