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Nuclear Engineering (NUC E)

NUC E 543 Nuclear Security Education Laboratory (3) Hands-on experience with the radiation detection systems, sensors, devices, and source technologies for nuclear security applications.

NUC E 543 Nuclear Security Education Laboratory (3)

The primary goal of this course is to teach graduate level students laboratory applications of radiation detectors/sensors for nuclear security applications, including photon, neutron, and charged particle detector/sensors, field deployable devices, portal monitors, dosimeters, destructive and non-destructive assays, neutron activation analysis, and various spectroscopy systems. The Laboratory includes the following experiments:
• Neutron Multiplicity Measurements: Identifying the differences between neutron emissions from (α, n) reactions and spontaneous fission sources by use of neutron counting and neutron coincidence counting measurements.
• Gamma spectroscopy systems for versatile in-situ counting, modeling, and verification.
• Environmental media characterization (soil, air, water, etc.), background measurements, and neutron activation analysis.
• Alpha source activity determination /Isotope identification of Th-228 decay series.
• Special Nuclear Materials Gamma Spectroscopy Analysis: Measurement of U-235 enrichment and quantity of uranium in a sample, Pu/U ratio analysis, and Ρu isotopic composition determination by gamma spectroscopy.
• Radiation counting of known source materials for a) counting statistics, b) precision and accuracy, c) Minimum Detectable Activity (MDA) determination.
• Determinate corrections in radiation counting.
• Liquid scintillator detectors for pulse shape discrimination for neutron and gamma sources.
• Absolute Activity Measurement using Coincidence Counting.

After completing this course, the student should:

• Be familiar with major radiation detectors/sensors and radiation sources used in nuclear security applications via hand-on experiences.
• Understand the principles of radiation interaction with matter.
• Demonstrate an understanding of principles of radiation detection and measurement, nuclear instrumentation, detectors/sensors, field deployable devices, portal monitors, dosimeters, and nondestructive and destructive assay methods.
• Demonstrate an ability to conduct experiments, acquire data, and analyze and interpret the data.
• Demonstrate an ability to effectively write executive summaries and full reports.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2016
Prerequisite: NUC E 450, NUC E 542

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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