Fundamentals of Radiation Dosimetry 1

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16ZDO1 Z,ZK 4 2+2
Department of Dosimetry and Application of Ionizing Radiation

History, development, and objectives of dosimetry. Quantities and units used for description of sources, fields, interactions of ionizing radiation, ionizations, energy transfer and absorption. Fundamentals of biological effects of ionizing radiation. Quantities and units used in radiation protection. Recommendations of ICRP and ICRU.


Subject 16URF1

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Development, objectives, and recent role of dosimetry.

2. Terminology, quantities, and units in nuclear physics and dosimetry.

3. Quantities and units describing sources of ionizing radiation.

4. Radiation field - quantities and units used for description of directly and indirectly ionizing radiation. Radiation and charge particle equilibrium.

5. Interaction of directly ionizing radiation - quantities describing interaction of directly ionizing radiation with matter. Linear energy transfer, stopping power.

6. Interaction of indirectly ionizing radiation - quantities describing interaction of indirectly ionizing radiation with matter. Attenuation, energy transfer, and absorption coefficients.

7. Quantities for description of ionizing effects.

8. Exposure - definition and development.

9. Kerma - definition and objectives. Calculation of kerma for photon fields. Relation between exposure and kerma.

10. Imparted energy and dose - definitions a calculation. Comparisons of dose with kerma and exposure for different situations.

11. Microdosimetry - specific a lineal energy. Differences between stochastic and deterministic quantities in dosimetry.

12. Biological effects of ionizing radiation. Survival curves, relative biological effectiveness, equivalent dose, and effective dose.

13. Operational quantities for staff and working environment monitoring. System of radiation protection. Limitation of irradiation and dose limits.

Syllabus of tutorials:

1.Interactions of particles

2.Statistics in radiation physics


4.Mass activity

5.Radioactive equilibrium

6.Emission of a source

7.Fluence and flux

8.Cross sections

9.Interactions of photons and neutrons

10.Attenuation of gamma-rays

11.Shielding of radiation


Study Objective:


Knowledge of quantities and units in radiological physics and dosimetry.


Application of quantities and units in radiological physics and dosimetry.

Study materials:

Key references:

[1] Fundamentals of Dosimetry, J. Sabol, CVUT publicatin, 1992 (in Czech)

Recommended references:

[1] Handbook of Dosimetry and Radiation Protection, J. Sabol, CVUT publication, 1996 (in Czech)

[2] ČSN ISO 31-9 Quantities and Units - Part 9: Atomic and Nuclear Physic (in Czech)

[3] ČSN ISO 31-10 Quantities and Units - Part 10: Nuclear reactions and ionizing radiation (in Czech)

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