PHY 565 – Radiation Detection, Instrumentation and Data Analysis

Course Information

Professor: TBA
Semester: Spring
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: permission of instructor

Catalog Description: Providethestudentabaseknowledge ofradiationdetectionasitpertainstoradiationtherapy,diagnosticimaging,and nuclearmedicine.

Course Goals & Outcomes

Upon completion, successful students will be able to:

  • Understand the main principles of radiation detection
  • Radiation detection techniques and instruments

Course Syllabus

This course is composed of lectures. Topics covered in this course include:

  • Radiation Sources; Radiation Interactions, Kerma – Exposure – Dose
  • Counting Statistics and Error Propagation
  • General Properties of Radiation Detectors
  • Cavity Chamber Theory
  • Ionization Chambers
  • Proportional Counters
  • Geiger-Muller Counters
  • Scintillation Detector Principles
  • Photomultiplier tubes
  • Radiation Spectroscopy with Scintillators
  • Pulse Processing and Shaping
  • Linear and Logic Pulse Functions
  • Semi-conductor Diode Detectors
  • Germanium Gamma Ray Detectors
  • Thermoluminescent Dosimeters


Grades are based on the following criteria:

  • Two Exams(25%each)
  • QuizzesandHomework50%

Reasons To Take This Course

This course will allow to understand nature and physical principles of various detectors used in hospitals to deliver and detect radiation.

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