2023-2024 / PHYS0093-1

Nuclear detection


10h Th, 25h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in physics3 crédits 


David Strivay

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course provides the basis for the detection of ionizing radiation and neutrons and their effects on matter. It is subdivided into the following chapters:
- Radioactive sources
- Radiation-matter interaction
- Effects on human beings
- General properties of detectors
- Ionization Chambers
- The photomultiplier
- The solid-state detectors
- Detection of neutrons
- Associated electronics

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Physical basics for the detection of ionizing radiation.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Introduction to Modern Physics (PHYS2009-1 or similar course).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The theory is taught face-to-face. Practical work are given and allow to review the different detection modes and the operation of the detectors and associated electronics.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

The course is given in the second semester according to the schedule distributed at the beginning of the academic year by the Department logisticians.

Recommended or required readings

Partial notes on detection and Lab notes.

Lecture slides.  
Reference books:
- Radiation detection and measurements, Glenn F. Knoll, John Wileys and Sons (2000) ISBN 978-0-471-07338-3
- Techniques for nuclear and particle physics experiments, WR Leo, Springer-Verlag (1994) ISBN 0-387-57280-5 

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

oral exam

Additional information:

Any session :

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

oral exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

The assessment consists of an oral exam on the theory (50%) and a practical examination on laboratory work (50%). 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The Practicals will be done in groups of two or three students maximum.


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Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Slides are available on eCampus