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22.01 Introduction to Ionizing Radiation, Fall 2003

Half section view of the ultracold neutron trapping apparatus.
Half section view of an ultracold neutron trapping apparatus. The trap is loaded through inelastic scattering of cold neutrons (11 K) with phonons in superfluid helium-4. Trapped neutrons are detected when they beta decay; energetic decay electrons ionize helium atoms in the superfluid resulting in efficient conversion of electron kinetic energy into light (scintillation). (Image courtesy of NIST.)

Highlights of this Course

This course includes extensive lecture notesassignments and exams.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to basic properties of ionizing radiations and their uses in medicine, industry, science, and environmental studies. Discusses natural and man-made radiation sources, energy deposition and dose calculations, various physical, chemical, and biological processes and effects of radiation with examples of their uses, and principles of radiation protection. Term paper and oral presentation of paper required.

This course was originally developed by Dr. Jacquelyn Yanch.  As such, significant portions of the materials presented here were derived from her work.



Prof. Jeffrey Coderre

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session



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