U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Radiation Physics at Accelerators course

Sponsoring University:

University of California, Berkeley


Radiation Physics at Accelerators


J. Donald Cossairt and Kamran Vaziri, Fermilab

The two major topics covered in this course are: (1) Radiation physics for personnel and environmental protection at accelerators, and (2) The composition of accelerator radiation fields for electron, proton, and ion accelerators at all energies. Building upon this basic information, the methods of designing radiation shielding at accelerators will be studied. Specific attention will be devoted to low-energy neutron phenomena which are found at nearly all accelerators and the production of induced radioactivity in both accelerator components and environmental media. A discussion of radiation detection instrumentation which has been found to be particularly useful in understanding accelerator radiation fields will be included. Finally, a synopsis of the program elements of a successful accelerator radiation protection program will be given. The problem which accompany the course are designed to promote understanding of the theoretical material, foster the ability to solve problems related to accelerator radiation physics, and lead to a basic comprehension of radiation physics at accelerators. Participants in the course are expected to have a background in undergraduate physical science and a mathematical background at the level of first-year undergraduate calculus.