U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Radiation Physics, Regulation and Management course

Sponsoring University:

Vanderbilt University


Radiation Physics, Regulation and Management


J. Donald Cossairt and Vernon Cupps, Fermilab

Radiation physics for personnel and environmental protection at accelerators will be presented in this course. The composition of accelerator radiation fields for electron, proton, and ion accelerators at all energies will be reviewed extensively. Building upon this basic information, the methods of designing radiation shielding at accelerators will be presented. Specific attention will be devoted to low-energy neutron phenomena which are found at nearly all accelerators. The production of induced radioactivity in both accelerator components and environmental media will be discussed in detail. 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 problems 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 an intuitive comprehension of radiation physics at accelerators.  Prerequisites: undergraduate physical science and first-year undergraduate calculus.