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Nuclear Physics-1 & 2: Course Outline (PHY-511)

Nuclear physics is the field of physics that studies atomic nuclei and their constituents and interactions. Other forms of nuclear matter are also studied.

Course Outline

Radiation interactions: interaction of light and heavy charged particles and electromagnetic radiations with matter.

Counting statistics: Binomial, Poisson and Gaussian distributions, error propagation.

General properties of radiation detectors: Detector operation modes, pule height distributions, detector resolution, detection efficiency and dead time.

Gas detectors: Ionization chamber, proportional counter, Geiger Mueller detector.

Scintillation detectors: Organic (plastic and liquid) and inorganic scintillators. Semiconductor detectors: Diffused junction, surface barrier, ion implantation detectors, Si(Li) and HPGe detectors.

Applications: Radio-gaging and radio-tracer applications, radiation and radioisotopes in medical, industry, agriculture, etc.

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