By the end of the course, students will have come into contact with the physics of nuclear and atomic radiation and will have approached issues of isotope production through nuclear reactions. In addition, they will be familiar with radiation detection instruments and radioactive isotope determination techniques. They will be informed about the latest developments and research activity on issues related to the applications of radioisotopes in geology, medicine, industry. They will have understood the role of radioactive radiation in promoting growth and health worldwide, either through its application in the treatment of cancer, the diagnosis of various diseases, the development of new varieties of crops, the sterilization of medical supplies, or the provision of clean energy such as and other peaceful uses of radioactive sources in everyday life.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introductory concepts of atomic and nuclear physics. Radioactivity (natural, artificial, exotic). Nuclear fission. Nuclear fusion. Nuclear radiation (alpha, beta, gamma). Non-nuclear radiation (delta, Bremsstrahlung, Cerenkov, Roentgen, Laser, microwave). Cosmic radiation. Nuclear radiation detectors. Radio dating. Natural applications of ionizing radiation. Radioisotope applications: (i) geology, (ii) medicine, (iii) industry, (iv) agriculture. Nuclear power (Nuclear Reactors, Nuclear Accidents, Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Tests). Principles of radio protection. Methods of radioisotope production. The course also includes laboratory exercises.