Nuclear Security and Safeguards Education Portal: Basic Radiation Detection

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This is a beginner’s module for basic radiation detection. It covers the physical mechanisms behind the detection of gamma and neutron radiation and the different detectors used. The module takes approximately 6 hours to complete. Students taking this module should have a working knowledge of basic algebra and have completed the Introduction to Statistics and the Basic Nuclear and Atomic Physics NSSEP modules.

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  • Students completing this module will be able to describe the physical mechanisms for the detection of gamma and neutron radiation. They will also be able to identify and explain the general operation of gas-filled, scintillation, and semiconductor detectors.

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