NPRE 441: Principles of Radiation Protection
Primary: J. Turner, "Atoms, Radiation, and Radiation Protection", Third Edition, Wiley-VHC, Inc. (2007).
 H. Cember - "Introduction to Health Physics", 4th Edition, McGraw-Hill (2010)
 J. K. Shultis and
R. E. Faw, "Radiation Shielding," American Nuclear Society (2000)
 R. E. Faw and J. K. Shultis, "Radiological Assessment: Sources and Doses, American Nuclear Society (1999)
 E. L. Alpen, "Radiation Biophysics," Academic Press (1998)
 G. F. Knoll, Radiation Detection and Measurements, Third Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
8 homework: 20% (towards the final score)
6-8 quizzes: 30%
Midterm exam: 15%
Final exam: 20%
Term project: 15%
TA and Office Hours:
Long Zhou, <email@example.com>
Brandon Lee, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thursday 2-4pm and Friday 10-noon at the Student Lunge in Talbot Lab.
Chapter 1: Review of Physical Principles
§ Units, dimensions and energy and energy transferring.
§ Basic physical principles.
Chapter 2: Atomic and Nuclear Structures
§ Atomic structures.
§ The nucleus.
Chapter 3: Radioactivity
Additional reading material for Chapter 2:
Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 in H. Cember, Introduction to Health Physics, Fourth Edition, 2010.
Chapter 4: Interactions of Radiation with Matter
§ Interactions of photons I interaction of photons in absorbing media.
§ Interactions of photons II attenuation coefficients and energy absorption.
Chapter 5: Methods for Radiation Detection
§ Gas-filled detectors, ionization process, charge migration, ionization counters and proportional counters.
§ Scintillation detectors.
§ Semiconductor detectors.
§ Neutron detection techniques.
Additional reading material for Chapter 5:
K. F. Knoll, Radiation Detection and Measurements, Chapter 6-8,11.
Chapter 6: Counting Statistics
Reading: James E. Turner, Atoms, Radiation, and Radiation Protection, Chapter 11, Section 1-4, pp. 289 300.
§ Binomial and Poisson and Gaussian models, error propagation. Reading: James E. Turner, Atoms, Radiation, and Radiation Protection, 11, Section 1-4, pp. 301 314.
§ Delectability limits, false positive and false negative. Reading: James E. Turner, Atoms, Radiation, and Radiation Protection, 11, Section 1-4, pp. 327 335.
Chapter 7: Radiation Dosimetry
Chapter 8: Biological Effect of Radiation
§ Physical and chemical effects of ionizing radiation. Reading: Tuner, p. 386-424.
§ Biological effect of ionizing radiation. Reading: Tuner, p. 386-424.
§ Reading: James E. Turner, Atoms, Radiation, and Radiation Protection, Chapter 9-12 and Chapter 13-16.
Chapter 9: Radiation Protection Criteria and Exposure Limits
§ Introduction to the basic concepts for radiation protection.
§ ICRP dose limits.
Chapter 10: External Radiation Protection
§ Basic principles, gamma ray shielding considerations.
§ X-ray shielding design.
§ Beta and neutron shielding.
Here is a summary for helping you to prepare for the final.
In this term project, each team of 4-5 students will
(a) review and study a reference paper listed here.
(b) write a short (four-page) essay based on the following format (due on April 28), and
(c) present a review presentation on April 24 (Groups 1-5) and April 26 (Group 6-10). Each team will have 15 mins for presentation and 5 mins for Q/A. Your presentation should follow the same format as for the short assay.
We will have 4-6 pop-quizzes throughout the semester. These quizzes are typically open-book unless stated otherwise. You could use your textbook and computer to browse lecture notes. Please see here for the rules for missing quizzes.
Make-up Quizzes: For people who missed an in-class quiz, you will be given the opportunity of a make-up quiz if
1. You have notified me before the lecture, and
2. You could provide a proof that you will be missing the lecture for good reasons, such as attending conference, sick leave, travel for interview.
Midterm Exam Info:
Date: noon-2pm, Wednesday, March 15th.
Format: open book. You can bring your textbook and lecture notes during the exam.
Final Exam Info: