When students are coming to the nuclear lab, they have some general background, therefore the aim of the nuclear lab is not general but more specific about nuclear physics:
1. to see what is a radioactive source in a students' lab and to inform from what, why and how it is constructed.
2. to see that we can detect the radiation from a radioactive source.
3. to see how we can produce a radioactive material (Indium activation).
4. to understand the way radiation interacts with matter.
5. to realize that this interaction can produce a signal wich can reveal the existence and properties of radiation.
6. to understand what is "calibration" of a detector.
7. to study basic characteristics of the radiation detectors.
8. to learn basic rules about radioprotection.
Course Content (Syllabus)
RADIOACTIVITY and RADIATION, RADIATION INTERACTION WITH MATTER, PRINCIPLES OF RADIOPROTECTION
LAB EXERCISES WITH GAS DETECTORS
1. Study of a Geiger-Μüller detector characteristics
2. Dead time and efficiency of a Geiger-Μüller detector
3. Study of the law for radioactive decays
LAB EXERCISES WITH SCINTILLATION DETECTORS
4. Gamma-ray spectroscopy
5. Energy calibration and energy resolution of a scintillation detector
6. Absorption of gamma radiation
RADIOACTIVITY, RADIATION, RADIOPROTECTION, GAS DETECTOR, SCINTILLATION DETECTOR, Geiger-Μüller COUNTER, LOW OF RADIOACTIVITY, GAMMA-RAY, GAMMA-RAY SPECTROSCOPY, ABSORPTION OF GAMMA RADIATION