NRE 6756: Radiation Physics


Credit Hours:3-0-3
Prerequisites:Graduate Standing in engineering or related discipline
Catalog Description:Characteristics of atomic and nuclear radiations, transition probabilities, radioactivity and isotopes, cross sections, electromagnetic radiation, neutrons, and charged particles with matter.
Textbooks:John S. Lilly, Nuclear Physics; First Edition, John Wiley, 2001.
Instructors:C-K Chris Wang, Cassiano DeOliveria
References:James E. Turner, Atoms, Radiation, and Radiation Protection, Wiley Interscience, 1995.
Kenneth S. Krane, Introductory Nuclear Physics, John Wiley and Sons, 1988.
Irving Kaplan, Nuclear Physics, Addison-Wesley, 1972.
Arthur Beiser, Concepts of Modern Physics, 5th Edition, McGraw Hill, 1994.
J. R. Lamarsh, Nuclear Reactory Theory, Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1966.
A. Foderaro, The Elements of Neutron Interaction Theory, the MIT Press, 1971
Goals:To acquaint students in NE/HP with the theories of nuclear reactions and decays, and interactions of photons, neutrons, and charged particles with matter.
  1. Review of atomic physics
  2. Review of nuclear physics
  3. Transition probabilities
  4. Radioactive decays and radiations
    • alpha, beta, and gamma decays
    • electron capture, conversion electron
    • decay constant, characteristic and bremsstrahlung
    • x-rays
    • Auger electrons
    • fission and fusion reactions
    • kinematics of nuclear reactions and decays
  5. Classical and quantum-mechanical derivations of cross sections
  6. Interactions of photons with matter
    • photoelectric absorption
    • Compton Scattering, pair production
    • Rayleigh, Thomson, and Raman scatterings
    • photonuclear interactions
  7. Interactions of neutrons with matter
    • elastic scattering, inelastic scattering and cascade reactions
    • radiative capture
    • charged-particle emission
    • fission and fusion reactions
    • Effect of target structure and atomic motion
  8. Interactions of charged particles with matter
    • Elastic, inelastic: excitation, ionization, and bremsstrahlung.
    • Semi-classical derivation of Bethe's formula of stopping power.
  9. Radiation effects on matter