Nuclear, reactor and radiology physics +

2021/2022
Programme:
Nuclear Engineering, Second Cycle
Year:
1. in 2. year
Semester:
first
Kind:
mandatory
ECTS:
6
Language:
slovenian
Hours per week – 1. semester:
Lectures
1
Seminar
0
Tutorial
3
Lab
0
Prerequisites

Finished undergraduate or first cycle of the program.
All lab works done and all lab reports submitted are required to participate the oral exam.

Content (Syllabus outline)

Lectures:
Structure of atoms
Structure of the nucleus
Radioactive decay
Nuclear reactions
Interaction of radiation with matter
Radiation measurement
Basics of radiation protection

Lab works:
Radioactive decay
Attenuation of gamma rays
Range of beta rays
Neutron activation
Geiger-Müller detector
BF3 detector
Compensated ionization chambers
Gamma spectroscopy
Statistics in measurements
Searching for the radioactive source
Measurement of dose fields in space
The dependence of the dose rate on the distance
Measurement of indoor radon
Detection of surface contamination

Readings

James E. Turner, Atoms,Radiation, and Radiation Protection, 2nd ed., Wiley-VCH, 2004.
John Lilley, Nuclear Physics – Principles and Applications, Wiley, 2001.
James E. Martin, Physics for Radiation Protection, 2nd ed., Wiley-VCH, 2006.
M. Koželj & al, Vaje iz jedrske fizike, Izobraževalni center za jedrsko tehnologijo, 1998-2007.

Objectives and competences

Gaining basic knowledge of nuclear and radiation physics, mainly on the basis of lab exercises. Strengthen of theoretical knowledge with lab experiments. Obtaining experimental skills and get acquainted with basics of working with sources of ionizing radiation.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:
Basic knowledge of phenomena in the nucleus and interaction of radiation with matter. Practical experience with the use of measuring equipment. Understanding the effects of radiation and operation of radiation detectors.
Application:
To get basic practical skills for working with radiation sources.
Reflection:
Practical experiences strengthen the theoretical knowledge of nuclear physics.
Transferable skills:
Practical experience with radiation detectors and radiation sources.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, lab works.

Assessment

Grading of performed lab works
Oral exam
grading: 5 (fail), 6-10 (pass) (according to the Statute of UL)

Lecturer's references
  1. SNOJ, Luka, TRKOV, Andrej, RAVNIK, Matjaž, ŽEROVNIK, Gašper. Testing of cross section libraries on zirconium benchmarks. Ann. nucl. energy. [Print ed.], 2012, vol. 42, str. 71-79.
  2. SNOJ, Luka, ŽEROVNIK, Gašper, TRKOV, Andrej. Computational analysis of irradiation facilities at the JSI TRIGA reactor. Appl. radiat. isotopes. [Print ed.], 2012, vol. 70, str. 483-488.
  3. JET EFDA Contributors, SNOJ, Luka, TRKOV, Andrej, LENGAR, Igor, POPOVICHEV, Sergei, CONROY, S., SYME, B. Calculations to support JET neutron yield calibration : Neutron scattering in source holder. Fusion eng. des.. [Print ed.], 2012, iss. 11, vol. 87, str. 1846-1852.
  4. SNOJ, Luka, TRKOV, Andrej, JAĆIMOVIĆ, Radojko, ROGAN, Petra, ŽEROVNIK, Gašper, RAVNIK, Matjaž. Analysis of neutron flux distribution for the validation of the computational methods for the optimization of research reactor utilization. Appl. radiat. isotopes. [Print ed.], 2011, vol. 69, issue 1, str. 136-141, doi: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2010.08.019.
  5. SNOJ, Luka, KROMAR, Marjan, ŽEROVNIK, Gašper, RAVNIK, Matjaž. Advanced methods in teaching reactor physics. Nucl. Eng. Des.. [Print ed.], 2011, vol. 241, issue 4, str. 1008-1012, doi: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2010.02.040.