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Advanced Summer School in Radiation Detection


This third year of the UC Berkeley - Univ. Tokyo Advanced Summer School in Radiation Detection aims at providing an overview on basic and advanced concepts in the detection of ionizing radiation and their associated applications in a wide range of fields based on solid-state detectors. Advanced requirements of applications drive the developments of new and improved concepts in radiation detection which then enables us to define new and refined questions demanding again further technological improvements creating a cycle that reflects the close coupling between detection technologies and applications.


Course description


Advanced concepts in the detection of ionizing radiation, nuclear instrumentation, including radiation detection, signal generation and processing, digital and integrated electronics.

Position sensitive detection of photons, charged particles, and neutrons and concept of particle tracking as perquisite for imaging.

Wide range of applications in basic and applied research, nuclear medicine, biomedical imaging, nuclear security, etc.


Course prerequisites


Fundamentals in nuclear radiation and reactions (UCB: NE101 and NE104A)


Prerequisite knowledge and/or skills


The course uses the following knowledge and skills from the prerequisites above and lower-division courses:

Characteristics of ionizing radiation

Sources of ionizing radiation

Nuclear decay processes

Basic knowledge of nuclear structure

Interaction of ionizing radiation with matter:

Photons (X-rays, gamma-rays)

Charged particles (stopping power)

Neutrons (slow and fast)

Statistical treatment and uncertainties of observables

Basic concepts in detector signal generation and processing

Familiarity with electronics signal processing components ranging from preamplifier to shaping amplifier, and analog-to-digital conversion


Course objectives and outcomes


Introduce students to advanced concepts in detecting ionizing radiation and electronics processing to enable and optimize specific feature extractions from the signal obtained. These features range from simple counting to energy and time as well as positions of the incident radiation for example to enable imaging measurements.

Introduction to wide range of applications using synchrotron radiation, high-energy accelerators, or neutron or photon sources.

One of the focus areas is the ability to image sources of ionizing radiation by different means. Basic and advanced concepts in imaging will be discussed.

Research in materials will be introduced to illustrate efforts to improve basic and operational performance in semi-conductor and scintillation detectors



Topics covered


Gamma-ray detection, tracking, and imaging

Semiconductor materials and detector concepts

Scintillation materials and detector concepts

Digital signal processing

Applications in nuclear physics, fundamental physics, and astrophysics

Nuclear medicine and biomedical imaging

Last update: K. Vetter, March 29, 2010