Nuclear Forensics

Course Code: IF14

ECTS: 10

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Number of Effective Classes (Per Week): 5

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Prerequisite/s: None

Educational objective: Mastering basic knowledge of the atomic nucleus, the occurrence of radioactivity, ionizing radiation, the application of nuclear physics. Understanding the principles and techniques for measuring nuclear radiation. Mastery of materials and preparation for work with detectors in nuclear physics. Mastering theoretical and practical knowledge of the nuclear detection, radiography, radiography, radiochemistry and their application in forensics. Detailed introduction to the physical basics the functioning of various types of detectors and spectrometers of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Introduction to principles radiological safety and criteria in the selection of radiation monitoring detector. Training a student for future scientific research in the field of nuclear forensics.

Projected outcome: Acquired knowledge by the student of the atomic nucleus, the occurrence of radioactivity, ionizing radiation, the application of nuclear physics, detection and dosimetry of nuclear radiation, principles of radiological safety, principles and methods of application radiography and radiochemistry in forensics. Student 's ability to understand nuclear and radiation processes and for their application in forensics and for the future implementation of all new knowledge and techniques in the field of nuclear and radiation physics, both in forensic research and in scientific research in the field of nuclear forensics.

Subject contents:

Theoretical education: A brief history of nuclear physics. Isotope map. Static and dynamic properties of the nucleus. Basic properties of the nuclear force. Nuclear models. Instability of the nucleus: alpha, beta, gamma decomposition. Spontaneous fission. Radiation physics. Nuclear spectroscopy. Nuclear reactions and scattering - basic laws and models. Induced fission and chain reaction. Fusion. Applications of nuclear physics: nuclear energy, fission and fusion, medical and industrial applications, nuclear physics and ecology. Nuclear physics in nature. Interaction of nuclear radiation with matter. Radiography and radiochemistry in forensics. Basic characteristics of particle detector. Sizes in the dosimetry of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Detectors and ionizing radiation spectrometers. Monitoring the environment. Individual monitoring. Principles of radiation safety. Biological effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.

Practical training: Solving tasks from theoretical education topics.

Teaching Methods: lecture, modified lecture, preparation of pre-exam research papers related to scientific research. Creation of graphic illustrations, expert and scientific presentations.

Assessment (Maximum Number of Points: 100)

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2. Knoll, G. F., “Radiation detection and measurement”, New York, John Wiley 1999

3. Krane, K. S., ”Introductory nuclear physics”, Hoboken, Wiley 1988

4. Green, D., ”The Physics of Particle Detectors”, Oxford University Press 2008

5. Hughes, G., ”Radiation Chemistry”, Oxford University Press 1973

6. Shani, G., ”Radiation dosimetry: instrumentation and methods”, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press 2001

7. Osmokrović, P., ”Osnovi nuklearne fizike”, Beograd, Akademska misao 2008

8. Osmokrović, P., Srećković, M., ”Zbirka zadataka iz nuklearne fizike”, Beograd, Naučna knjiga 1994

9. Osmokrović, P., Srećković, M., ”Instrumenti za detekciju i spektrometriju u nuklearnoj fizici: (sa uputstvima za vežbe)”, Beograd, Naučna knjiga 1991