Introduction to Materials for Experimental Nuclear Physics

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02UMAT ZK 2 2+0 Czech
Libor Škoda (guarantor)
Department of Physics

This lecture is designed for students of experimental nuclear physics. The lecture gives the overview of materials physics with respect to materials frequently used in the experimental nuclear physics, particularly their construction properties and influence of the

ionizing radiation on their properties and possible use in experiment.


Knowledge of basic course of physics

Syllabus of lectures:

T1 - Specific features of the particle experiments and demands on materials used for construction of the experiment

- Elements of detector construction and their properties with respect to the optimal detector operation (low Z materials, radiation tolerant materials, non-magnetic and magnetic materials, semiconductors, gas detectors, electronics)

Mechanical aspects:

T2 - Properties of the low Z materials - carbon, carbon composites, beryllium, printed circuit boards

T3 - Properties of Aluminum compounds used in the detector constructions

T4 - Materials used in calorimeters and absorbers - Iron, Uranium, Lead

- Scintilation materials - plastic scintillators, anorganic scintillators - PbW0

Aspects of radiation tolerance:

T5 - Changes in material properties due to the radiation damage

T6 - Semiconductors, properties and radiation damage, reduction of the radiation damage and detector healing

T7 - Problems in electronic systems - single event upset, burn-out

Magnetic aspects:

T8 - Non-magnetic materials used in the detector construction, their influence on magnetic field

T9 - Magnetic materials for permanent magnets, materials for superconducting magnets and for warm coil magnets

T10 - Compatibility of electronics with magnetic fields

Safety aspects:

T11 - Toxicity - beryllium, halogen fumes from printed ciruit boards

T12 - Fire hazards - flamable gases and liquids used in experiment, reduction of hazard - halogen-free printed circuit boards

- Safety in underground experiments

Syllabus of tutorials:
Study Objective:


Materials used in the experimental nuclear physics, construction properties, possible use


Orientation in the problems, selection of appropriate materials for specific applications

Study materials:

Key references:

[1] M. Suk, Z. Trka, Úlehla, I.: Atoms, nucleous, particles,Academia Praha 1990 (in Czech)

Recommended references:

[2] Holmes-Siedle, A.: Hanbook of radiation effects, Oxford University Press, 2002

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