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PHY 565: Radiation Detection, Instrumentation and Data Analysis

Course Information

Please note that exact details of the course can vary

Professor: Dr.Michael Antosh
Semester: Spring

Credits: 3

 Prerequisites:Permission of instructor

Catalog description: Provide the student a base knowledge of radiation detection as it pertains to radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging, and nuclear medicine.

Course Goals & Outcomes

Upon completion students are expected:

  • To classify various detectors;
  • To explain the physical principles of operation of various detectors;
  • To describe use of the detectors;
  • To review limits of detection for each detector;
  • To apply principles of counting statistics and error propagation to solve the problems related to accuracy, efficiency and limitations (errors) of the detection approaches covered in the course.

Course Description

Text: Radiation and Detection. Glenn F. Knoll 4th edition (2010). ISBN: 0470131489

Supplemental Reading ;

  • Introduction to Radiological Physics and Radiation Dosimetry. Frank H. Attix; (1991) ISBN: 978-0-471-01146-0
  • Physics of Radiology.  Harold E. Johns and John R. Cunningham
  • AAPM Task Group Reports and manuscripts relevant to course topics

Topics covered in this course include:

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


Contact Information: Dr.Michael Antosh


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