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
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.
"This book has its origins in a graduate course first taught at the US Particle Accelerator School in 1993. The objective of the course and of the book is to address the major radiation physics issues that are relevant to the wide spectrum of particle accelerators in use across the world today. To attain this goal, Cossairt and Quinn (both, Fermi National Accelerator Lab) first develop the mathematical and physical techniques and concepts associated with modern particle accelerators, covered in chapters 1 and 2. Altogether, the authors have attained their stated objective of providing "a comprehensive reference for accelerator designers, operators, managers, health and safety staff, and governmental regulators." The major topics dealt with in detail are prompt radiation fields due to electrons (chapter 3), prompt radiation fields due to protons and ions (chapter 4), unique low-energy radiation phenomena (chapter 5), shielding materials and neutron energy spectra (chapter 6), and induced radioactivity in accelerator components and environmental media (chapters 7 and 8). The ninth and final chapter is particularly useful, covering radiation protection instrumentation at accelerators. This textbook is mainly written for people whose work will involve particle accelerators."
— A. M. Strauss, Vanderbilt University, in CHOICE, January 2020