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1. Course title

 Gas-filled radiation detectors and scintillators

2. Course code


This course was previously named: 53261 Radiation Detectors I - Scintillation and Gas-filled detectors (Säteilyn ilmaisimet I) 5 op.

3. Course status: optional

Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences

PAP300 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
optional for

  • Study Track in Particle Physics and Cosmology

MATR300 Advanced Studies in Materials Research
optional for

  • Study Track in Experimental Materials Physics
  • Study Track in Medical Physics and Biophysics

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8

Intermedia and
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

This course can be taken in the middle and later stages of studies

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

Lectured every second year (odd years) in the autumn term.

Two period course (I-II periods).


7. Scope of the course in credits

5 op


8. Teacher coordinating the course

Dr. Francisco Garcia


9. Course learning outcomes

Knowledge of radiation detectors and its principle of operation
Treatment of the signals
Analysis of its performance


10. Course completion methods

Exercises based on lectures.



11. Prerequisites

Applicable already in the beginning of the Master's degree studies.


12. Recommended optional studies

Basic knowledge of mathematics, physics, electronics and statistics is a plus


13. Course content

Introduction of the interaction of radiation with matter; this include the processes undergo by a particle traversing a block of matter and its energy loses mechanism.
The particles in study are: photons, light charged particles, heavy charged particles and neutrons.
Then study of Scintillation mechanism and generation of light by energy deposition in a crystal. This will include the conversion of photons light flash into an electrical signal.
Finally similar study will be done for gas-filled detectors and detailed study of detectors developed in house for CERN experiments


14. Recommended and required literature

1.- Glenn Knoll, Radiation detection and measurements ( 3rd edition)
2.- Claude Leroy, Pier-Giorgio Rancoita, Principles of radiation interaction in matter and detection ( 3rd edition)
3.- Lecoq et al., Inorganic scintillators for detector systems (2006)
4.- Stephen Derenzo, Heavy Scintillators for scientific and industrial applications (1992)
5.- Walter Blum, Werner Riegler, Luigi Rolandi, Particle detection with drift chambers (2nd edition)
6.- Sunil Kumar, Radiation detection basics & development of advance gas detectors (2013)

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning




16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

Completion of exercises mandatory in order to pass to examination


17. Teaching language


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  1. You are welcomed to this very excited topic of study. At the end of the course you will know how a detector operates and why .....

    See you!