Radiation Physics and Applications of Isotopes

Course Information
TitleΦΥΣΙΚΗ ΑΚΤΙΝΟΒΟΛΙΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΕΦΑΡΜΟΓΕΣ ΡΑΔΙΟΙΣΟΤΟΠΩΝ / Radiation Physics and Applications of Isotopes
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorAlexandra Ioannidou
Course ID40003071

Programme of Study: PROGRAMMA SPOUDŌN 2022

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses845

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Physics (2012-today)

Registered students: 90
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreSpecial Election844

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
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.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
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.
radioactivity, radiation law
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Final written exam: students are invited to reply in writing to a number of issues on the matter of the course. Develop and presentations using Power Point. The tasks are optional and improve the student's score on the written exam
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
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