Introductory Radiation Physics 2

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Code Completion Credits Range
16URF2 Z,ZK 4 2+2
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Department of Dosimetry and Application of Ionizing Radiation

General characteristics of radioactive decay, alpha decay, proton radioactivity, beta decay, emission of gamma radiation, natural radioactivity, types and characteristics of nuclear reactions, nuclear fission, transuranium elements, thermonuclear fussion.



Syllabus of lectures:

1.The most important types of radioactive decay, statistical character of decay

2.Kinetics of radioactive decay, radioactive equilibrium

3.Alpha decay (energy spectra, Geiger-Nuttall formula, mechanism, etc.)

4.Proton radioactivity

5.Three types of beta decay and their energy balance

6.Neutrino and its experimental proof

7.Beta decay of neutron

8.Emission of gamma rays, internal conversion

9.Resonance absorption of gamma rays

10.Natural radioactivity, radioactive series

11.General characteristics and energy balance of nuclear reactions

12.Mechanisms of nuclear reactions

13.Nuclear reactions with neutrons, nuclear fission

14.Transuranium elements, their production and properties

15.Thermonuclear reaction in cosmic bodies and in terrestrial conditions

Syllabus of tutorials:

1. (radio-)activity - quantities and relations among them, energy released during radioactive decay

2. alpha decay, Geiger-Nutall formula

3. beta decay - beta minus, beta plus, electron capture

4. internal conversion, emission of gamma photons - redistribution of excitation energy

5. genetically linked radionuclides, decay series

6. nuclear reaction (NR), conservation laws, kinematics of NR

7. energy of nuclear reaction, energy treshold of nuclear reaction

8. nuclear reaction of charger particles

9. photonuclear reaction

10. neutron nuclear reaction, nuclear fission

11. thermunuclear reaction

12. production of (radio-)nuclides, transuranic elements

13. credit test

Study Objective:


Knowledge of nuclear and radiation physics as the basis for more specialized courses on the detection, dosimetry and the use of ionizing radiation in various applications of science and technology. Extending the knowledge gained in the course 16URF1.


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

Study materials:

Key references:

[1] L. Musílek: Úvod do fyziky ionizujícího záření, Praha, SNTL 1979

Recommended references:

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

[3] K.N. Muchin: Eksperimental'naja jaděrnaja fizika I. Moskva, Eněrgoatomizdat 1983

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

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

[6] B.R. Martin: Nuclear and Particle Physics - An Introduction. Chichester, Wiley 2006

[7] W. Loveland - D.J.Morisey - G.T. Seaborg: Modern Nuclear Chemistry. Hoboken, Wiley 2006

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