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Accelerator Radiation Physics for Personnel and Environmental Protection

ISBN 9781138589018
Published May 14, 2019 by CRC Press
322 Pages 174 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Choice Recommended Title, January 2020

Providing a vital resource in tune with the massive advancements in accelerator technologies that have taken place over the past 50 years, Accelerator Radiation Physics for Personnel and Environmental Protection is a comprehensive reference for accelerator designers, operators, managers, health and safety staff, and governmental regulators.

Up-to-date with the latest developments in the field, it allows readers to effectively work together to ensure radiation safety for workers, to protect the environment, and adhere to all applicable standards and regulations.

This book will also be of interest to graduate and advanced undergraduate students in physics and engineering who are studying accelerator physics.


  • Explores accelerator radiation physics and the latest results and research in a comprehensive single volume, fulfilling a need in the market for an up-to-date book on this topic

  • Contains problems designed to enhance learning

  • Addresses undergraduates with a background in math and/or science

Table of Contents

1. Basic Radiation Physics Concepts and Units of Measurement 2. General Considerations for Accelerator Radiation Fields 3. Prompt Radiation Fields due to Electrons 4. Prompt Radiation Fields due to Protons and Ions 5. Unique Low-Energy Prompt Radiation Phenomena 6. Shielding Materials and Neutron Energy Spectra 7. Induced Radioactivity in Accelerator Components 8. Induced Radioactivity in Environmental Media 9. Radiation Protection Instrumentation at Accelerators

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J. Donald Cossairt is a Distinguished Scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois. He received a BA in physics and mathematics from Indiana Central College (now the University of Indianapolis) (1970) and MS and PhD degrees in experimental nuclear physics from Indiana University Bloomington (1972, 1975). His career began with a postdoctoral appointment in nuclear physics research at the Texas A&M University Cyclotron Institute, then transitioned to radiation physics with his move to Fermilab in 1978. He is a member of the American Physical Society, a Fellow Member of the Health Physics Society, a Distinguished Emeritus Member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements and is a Certified Health Physicist. Dr. Cossairt has numerous publications in health physics, nuclear physics, and particle physics. He received a G. William Morgan Lectureship Award from HPS in 2011. He has been an instructor of the Radiation Physics, Regulation and Management course at 14 sessions the U.S. Particle Accelerator School and was co-academic dean of the Professional Development School of the Health Physics Society held in Oakland, California in 2008.

Matthew Quinn is the Senior Radiation Safety Officer and Laser Safety Officer at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois.  He has worked on shielding assessments, operational radiation safety, radioanalytical measurements and laser safety.  Dr. Quinn is a three-time instructor of the Radiation Physics, Regulation and Management course at the U.S. Particle Accelerator School, serves as the Vice Chair of the Department of Energy EFCOG Laser Safety Task Group, and is the president-elect of the Accelerator Section of the Health Physics Society.  He received a BS in physics from Loyola University Chicago (2000), MS and PhD degrees in nuclear physics from the University of Notre Dame (2005, 2009), and was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Loyola University Medical Center before joining Fermilab in 2010. 


"The book begins with a nice review of basic concepts in both radiation safety and accelerator physics that ranges from tracing the evolution of radiation safety standards through how radiation fields are produced around accelerators to how beams of charged particles are magnetically focused. After dispensing with the basics, the book goes on to discuss prompt radiation fields from electrons and from protons and ions, and it includes a chapter on phenomena that are unique to low-energy radiation… Of particular interest, however, were the chapters about induced radioactivity… Rounding out this book are chapters on radiation shielding and radiation protection instrumentation… The book itself (including the electronic version) is well done.

The graphics are crisp, text (even smaller fonts) is easy to read, and the book just looks good.

Each section includes not only a written description of the subject that delves fairly deeply into the physics underlying even the seemingly mundane aspects of work at these facilities. This is accompanied by a mathematical description as well… In addition, each section includes a question set with questions of varying complexity and difficulty. In fact, I should have mentioned earlier that this is not only a great reference book but is also the first new graduate-level textbook on this topic since the classic tome by Patterson and Thomas, published in 1973."
- P. Andrew Karam in Health Physics Journal (vol 121, 2021).