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Radiation Detection and Measurement 0302759  

A graduate course taught at the University of Jordan.


Instructor Saed Dababneh               Homepage            email: alternatively where my documents live!

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The course will cover the following general subjects:

·         Radiation sources and interactions.

·         Counting statistics.

·         General properties of radiation detectors.

·         Gamma spectroscopy with scintillation and semiconductor detectors.

·         Neutron detectors.

·         Detection of charged particles.

·         Nuclear electronics, instrumentation and pulse processing.

·         Concepts in accelerator applications.

·         In addition to topics in quantitative measurements and minimum detectable limits, scattering and attenuation of radiation, background radiation, background suppression techniques, passive and active shields, time-of-flight technique and activation methods.




•       We will mainly follow Knoll (Radiation Detection and Measurement, 3rd Edition, Wiley).

•       Gilmore and Hemingway (Practical Gamma-Ray Spectrometry, Wiley) and Debertin and Helmer (Gamma and X-Ray Spectrometry with Semiconductor Detectors, Elsevier) will be of great help.

•       In some occasions, especially in the introductory part of the course, we need Krane (Introductory Nuclear Physics, Wiley).

•       Many other web resources and published articles will be used as well.




Mid-term Exam






Final Exam





Saturdays              11:00 – 14:00


General instructions



•       Homeworks are due after one week unless otherwise announced.

•       Remarks or questions marked in red in the presentations without being announced as homeworks should be also seriously considered!

•       Some tasks can (or should) be sent by email.


•       Small projects are due after 2 weeks unless otherwise announced.

•       Main project will be discussed in class.



Lecture Notes and Exams


Individual lecture notes will be available online after the lecture has been given.

1.       Level test.

2.       General introduction followed by radiation sources part 1.

3.       Radiation sources part 2.

4.       Radioactivity part 1.

5.       Radioactivity part 2 and principles of spectrometry (gamma-ray spectroscopy) part 1.

6.       Gamma-ray spectroscopy part 2.

7.       Gamma-ray spectroscopy part 3.

8.       Advanced gamma-ray spectroscopy and interaction of heavy charged particles.

9.       Interaction of fast electrons in addition to Part 1 of Counting Statistics and Error Prediction.

10.    Part 2 of Counting Statistics and Error Prediction.

11.    Midterm exam.

12.    General properties of radiation detectors: modes of operation, PHA and counting curves.

13.    More on energy resolution and counting efficiency.

14.    Neutron sources, slow and fast neutron detection, presented by students.





1.       Lecture 17-09-08. Level test PDF [18 kB] and a GENERAL INTRODUCTION: brain storming, course content, signal processing, concepts in radiation detection, background radiation etc….

2.       Lecture 22-09-08. Radioactive decay (Part 1) PDF [774 kB].

3.       Lectures 24-09-08 (Two lectures). Radioactive decay (Parts 2&3) [1941 kB].

4.       Lecture 06-10-08 Radiation Sources (Part 1) PDF [533 kB].

5.       Lecture 08-10-08 Radiation Sources (Part 2) PDF [325 kB].

6.       Lecture 13-10-08 Radiation Sources (Part 3) PDF [144 kB].

7.       14/15/16-10-08 Yarmouk Symposium.

8.       Lecture 20-10-08 Radiation Sources (Part 4) PDF [596 kB] and Radiation Interaction (Part 1) PDF [388 kB].

9.       Lecture 27-10-08 Radiation Interaction (Part 2) including relevant topics in gamma-ray spectroscopy. The material for this lecture in addition to the next two lectures is given in the file Radiation_Interaction_Parts_2&3 PDF [2359 kB].

10.    Lecture 05-11-08 More on gamma-ray spectroscopy. The material is in the same file of Lecture 27-10-08.

11.    Lecture 10-11-08 Advanced gamma-ray spectroscopy including correction factors. The material is again in the same file of Lecture 27-10-08.

12.    Lecture 24-11-08 Neutron sources and introduction to slow neutron detection presented by students.

13.    Lecture 01-12-08 Neutron detection continued.

14.    Lecture 04-12-08 Basic concepts in neutron physics.

15.    Lecture 15-12-08 Basic concepts in neutron physics continued (neutron moderation). The material is in the same file of Lecture 04-12-08. Followed by charged particle interactions and detection. The material is in the beginning of the file Radiation_Interaction_Parts_4&5 [1653 kB].

16.    Midterm exam [76 kB] 22-12-08.

17.    Lecture 27-12-08 Charged particle interactions and detection continued. Followed by counting statistics [3300 kB].