U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Radiation Physics, Regulation, and Management course

Sponsoring University:

UC Santa Cruz


Radiation Physics, Regulation, and Management


J. Donald Cossairt, Fermilab and Vaclav Vylet, TJNAF

Purpose and Audience
The purpose of this course is to instruct students in the radiation physics of accelerators, the regulatory framework in which the associated hazards must be controlled, and the elements of management needed to provide a climate for successful programmatic implementation. The intended audience for this course includes accelerator physicists, engineers, and radiation protection professionals who desire to improve their knowledge of accelerator radiation physics. Please note: The American Academy of Health Physics will award 32 continuing education credits to student who complete this course.

Undergraduate physics at the junior level and at least first-year undergraduate calculus or an equivalent applied mathematics course.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that he or she meets the course prerequisites or has equivalent experience.

The intent of this course is provide the students with a working familiarity with and an improved degree of intuition for the radiation physics phenomena present at particle accelerators of all types and energies and the methods available to mitigate them within a regulatory and programmatic context.

Instructional Method
The course consists of a series of lectures and problem discussions primarily based upon the contents of a publication of one of the instructors that serves as a textbook. Associated with the major topics presented, homework problems will be assigned to be completed outside of scheduled class sessions. Evening help sessions will be provided with the instructors available for assistance. The solutions to the problems will be discussed the following day in class.

Course Content
The composition of accelerator radiation fields for electron, proton, and ion accelerators at all energies will be reviewed. Building upon this, the methods of designing radiation shielding at accelerators will be presented in a broad overview, not inclusive of the specific details of a particular Monte Carlo code system. Special attention will be devoted to low-energy neutron phenomena that are found at nearly all accelerators. The production of induced radioactivity in both accelerator components and environmental media will be covered. A discussion of radiation detection instrumentation found to be particularly useful in understanding accelerator radiation fields will be included. Finally, a synopsis of the elements of a successful accelerator radiation protection program will be given.

Reading Requirements
(to be provided by the USPAS) "Radiation Physics for Personnel and Environmental Protection", Fermilab Report TM-1834 (2007) by J. Donald Cossairt.

Credit Requirements
Students will be evaluated on the basis of homework assignments (60% of final grade) and a written examination (40% of final grade).

IU/USPAS course number P671