Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Nuclear Engineering I

  • Review of Modern Physics
  • Nuclear Models
  • Atomic Models
  • Binding Energy
  • Line of Stability
  • Radioactivity
  • Modes of Decay (charged particles, neutrons, electromagnetic)
  • Decay Chains

Introduction to Nuclear Engineering II

  • Radiation Interactions
      • electron, decay constant, characteristic and bremsstrahlung
      • x-rays, Auger electrons, fission and fusion reactions, and
      • kinematics of nuclear reactions and decays
  • Classical and quantum-mechanical derivations of cross sections
      • Micro- Macroscopic cross-sections
  • Interactions of photons with matter
      • Photoelectric absorption, Compton Scattering, pair production,
      • Rayleigh, Thomson, and Raman scatterings, and photonuclear
  • Interactions of neutrons with matter
      • Elastic scattering, inelastic scattering and cascade reactions,
      • Radiative capture, charged-particle emission, fission, and
      • Fusion reactions
  • Interactions of charged particles with matter
      • Elastic, inelastic: excitation, ionization, and bremsstrahlung.
      • Semi-classical derivation of Bethe’s formula of stopping power.
  • Radiation effects on matter

Radiation Detection and Instrumentation

  • Counting statistics and error propagation 
  • Ionization chambers 
  • Proportional counters 
  • G-M counters 
  • Scintillation detectors 
  • Semiconductor detectors 
  • Pulse/signal processing 
  • Application of radiation detectors 
  • Spectrometers and spectrum unfolding 
  • Miscellaneous radiation detectors