Advanced Topics in Nuclear and Radiation Physics

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16PPJRF Z,ZK 3 2P+1C
Tomáš Urban, Ladislav Musílek (guarantor)
Tomáš Urban
Department of Dosimetry and Application of Ionizing Radiation

The course extends and complements the knowledge acquired in the bachelor's program Nuclear Engineering at FNSPE CTU in Prague in subjects 16URF1 and 16URF2 or in similar courses at other university. Therefore, it deals with the level of difficulty corresponding to the master's level of the issue of atomic nuclei, their characteristics and models, the interaction of ionizing radiation with matter, radioactivity and nuclear reactions, and provides basic information on the physics of high energy particles. Particular attention is also paid to quantities characterizing the field and interaction of ionizing radiation in accordance with current international recommendations.


Required prerequisities are Courses of mathematics and physics on the level of basic courses at the FNSPE and course 16URF2.

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Atomic nucleus and its moments

2. Other quantum characteristics of the atomic nucleus (statistics, parity, isospin)

3. Models of atomic nuclei – general characteristics, types of models and their application possibilities, nature of nuclear forces

4. Cross-sections

5. Characteristics and mechanisms of interaction of ionizing radiation with matter

6. Passage of particle beams through material

7. Mechanisms of ionizing radiation energy losses in matter

8. Kinetics of radioactive decay and their mechanisms

9. Natural radioactivity, cosmic radiation

10. Course and mechanisms of nuclear reactions

11. Standard model of microworld and experiments for its verification, considerations beyond the standard model

12. Summary of quantities characterizing radiation fields and interaction of ionizing radiation, the role of ICRU

13. New knowledges and trends in nuclear and radiation physics

Syllabus of tutorials:

1. – 3. Quantum characteristics of atomic nucleus and their mathematical-physical description

4. – 5. Cross-sections – types and their relationships

6. – 7. Interaction of ionizing radiation with matter, passage of radiation beams through material

8. – 10. Radioactive decay – application of laws of conservation, energy balance, quantum-mechanical description

11. – 12. Nuclear reactions – application of laws of conservation, kinematics of nuclear reactions

13. Quantities characterizing radiation fields and interaction of ionizing radiation and their relationships

Study Objective:


Knowledge of advance topics of nuclear and radiation physics for radiological physics study program and as a basis for more specialized subjects related to the use of ionizing radiation in medical applications. Extension of knowledge acquired in the course 16URF1 and 16URF2.


Application of basic knowledge on complex systems, usable for various applications.

Study materials:

Key references:

[1] W. Loveland - D.J.Morisey - G.T. Seaborg: Modern Nuclear Chemistry. Hoboken, Wiley 2017

[2] E.B. Podgoršak: Radiation Physics for Medical Physicists. Berlin, Springer 2016

Recommended references:

[3] J.J. Bevelacqua: Health Physics. Wiley – VCH, Weinheim 2016

[4] K.N. Muchin: Eksperimental'naja jaděrnaja fizika I. St. Petersburg, Laň 2009

[5] B.R. Martin: Nuclear and Particle Physics - An Introduction. Chichester, Wiley 2009

[6] J. Magill - J. Gally: Radioactivity, Radionuclides, Radiation. Berlin, Springer 2005

[7] J.S. Lilley: Nuclear Physics - Principles and Applications. Chichester, Wiley 2001

[8] B. Povh - K. Rith - C. Scholz - F. Zetsche: Particles and Nuclei - An Introduction to the Physical Concepts. Ber-lin, Springer 1999

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