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Nuclear Security and Safeguards Education Portal: Basic Radiation Detection

by Centre for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives on May 17, 2022
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Module Description: This is a beginner’s module to basic radiation detection. It covers the physical mechanisms behind the detection of gamma and neutron radiation and the different detectors used.

Prerequisites: 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.

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

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