Course Unit Profile

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Basic Information

Course Unit Title: NUCLEAR RADIATION MEASUREMENTS

Course Unit Code: 420II

Level of course unit

Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (Second Cycle Degree Programme)

Year of study

First year

Semester when the course is delivered

Second semester

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6

Name of Lecturer(s):

Prof.: Francesco D'errico
Email: francesco.derrico@unipi.it

Language of instruction

English

General Information

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to:
• Understand radiation interactions, with particular emphasis on neutron radiation.
• Learn the design principles of different radiation detectors and how they work.
• Learn the techniques and applications of radiation spectroscopy.
• Understand the statistical nature of radiation measurements and the statistics of radiation counting.
• Learn to select the techniques for measurements at nuclear reactors and particle accelerators, and for safeguards verification and contraband interdiction.









Course contents

This course illustrates the instruments and methods used in the measurement of ionizing radiation fields and personnel exposures. Topics covered in the course are sources and properties of nuclear radiation, mechanisms of radiation interaction with matter, an detection methods—particularly, in nuclear power generation and in medical and industrial applications. The theoretical classes are complemented by hands-on laboratory sessions illustrating some fundamental features of radiation counters and counting statistics.








Specific Information

Prerequisites, co-requisites, as a prerequisite for further study

Prerequisites

None.

Co-requisites

None.

Prerequisite for

None.

Mode of delivery

Delivery

face to face

Attendance

Advised

Teaching methods

Learning activities

Recommended or required reading

Recommended reading includes the following textbook:
Glenn Knoll, Radiation Detection and Measurement, John Wiley & Sons.
Further bibliography will be indicated.







Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment methods

Assessment criteria

Students will be assessed on their understanding and critical analysis of the course contents using the appropriate terminology.

Work placement

No

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