LABORATORIO DI FISICA SUBNUCLEARE E MEDICA

Degree course: 
Corso di Second cycle degree in Physics
Academic year when starting the degree: 
2013/2014
Year: 
1
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
2013/2014
Course type: 
Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class
Credits: 
6
Period: 
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
66
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (66 hours)
Requirements: 

Basic knowledge of the interaction of radiation with matter. Ability to perform computer-assisted data analysis.

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

The main goal of the course is to teach by doing the fundamentals of nuclear radiation detection, in terms of instruments and methods for fundamentals and applied science. A focus on medical applications (e.g. dosimetry and radiotherapy) is foreseen upon request.

Pushed by the researchers’ requests and supported by an unprecedented technology development, nuclear detection techniques experienced an extremely significant progress over the past 30 years. This lead to the constructions of the largest scientific apparatus ever made like the CERN giant experiments but implied as well a breakthrough in the medical field, in radioprotection and in homeland security.
The student will be guided through the basics of alpha, beta, gamma and X-ray detection, with a series of introductory experiments addressing as well elements of nuclear electronics and data analysis. The instructors will deal with complementary activities in different modules, with a program tailored according to the students pre-existing know-how and main field of interest. By the end of the course, the student is supposed to participate in the research activities lead by either instructor.

Handouts, scientific papers and guidelines for the conduct of experiments provided by the professor.
Verification of learning involves the discussion of a report describing the activities carried out in the laboratory.