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22.54 Neutron Interactions and Applications, Spring 2002

A neutron elastic cross section plot.
A neutron elastic cross section plot, from the assignments section. (Image by  Prof. Sidney Yip.)

Highlights of this Course

This course includes sample lecturesproblems sets and exams.

Course Description

Comprehensive treatment of neutron interactions in condensed matter at energies from thermal to MeV, focusing on aspects most relevant to radiation therapy, industrial imaging, and materials research applications. Comparative assessment of accelerator and reactor sources, cross sections for capture and charged particle emission, theory of elastic scattering and thermalization, optics and small-angle scattering, static and dynamic structure factors, transport calculations and particle simulations. Term paper and presentation required.


Prof. Sidney Yip
Prof. Jacquelyn Yanch

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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