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Radiation Detection

Concepts, Methods, and Devices, 1st Edition

By Douglas McGregor, J. Kenneth Shultis

CRC Press

1,320 pages | 753 B/W Illus.

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Radiation Detection: Concepts, Methods, and Devices provides a modern overview of radiation detection devices and radiation measurement methods. The book topics have been selected on the basis of the authors’ many years of experience designing radiation detectors and teaching radiation detection and measurement in a classroom environment.

This book is designed to give the reader more than a glimpse at radiation detection devices and a few packaged equations. Rather it seeks to provide an understanding that allows the reader to choose the appropriate detection technology for a particular application, to design detectors, and to competently perform radiation measurements. The authors describe assumptions used to derive frequently encountered equations used in radiation detection and measurement, thereby providing insight when and when not to apply the many approaches used in different aspects of radiation detection. Detailed in many of the chapters are specific aspects of radiation detectors, including comprehensive reviews of the historical development and current state of each topic. Such a review necessarily entails citations to many of the important discoveries, providing a resource to find quickly additional and more detailed information.

This book generally has five main themes:

  • Physics and Electrostatics needed to Design Radiation Detectors
  • Properties and Design of Common Radiation Detectors
  • Description and Modeling of the Different Types of Radiation Detectors
  • Radiation Measurements and Subsequent Analysis
  • Introductory Electronics Used for Radiation Detectors

Topics covered include atomic and nuclear physics, radiation interactions, sources of radiation, and background radiation. Detector operation is addressed with chapters on radiation counting statistics, radiation source and detector effects, electrostatics for signal generation, solid-state and semiconductor physics, background radiations, and radiation counting and spectroscopy. Detectors for gamma-rays, charged-particles, and neutrons are detailed in chapters on gas-filled, scintillator, semiconductor, thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence, photographic film, and a variety of other detection devices.

Table of Contents

1 Origins

1.1 A Brief History of Radiation Discovery

1.2 A Brief History of Radiation Detectors

2 Introduction to Nuclear Instrumentation

2.1 Introduction

2.2 The Detector

2.3 Nuclear Instrumentation

2.4 History of NIM Development

2.5 NIM components


2.7 Nuclear Instruments other than NIM or CAMAC

2.8 Cables and Connectors

3 Basic Atomic and Nuclear Physics

3.1 Modern Physics Concepts

3.2 Highlights in the Evolution of Atomic Theory

3.3 Development of the Modern Atom Model

3.4 Quantum Mechanics

3.5 The Fundamental Constituents of Ordinary Matter

3.6 Nuclear Reactions

3.7 Radioactivity

4 Radiation Interactions

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Indirectly Ionizing Radiation

4.3 Scattering Interactions

4.4 Photon Cross Sections

4.5 Neutron Interactions

4.6 Charged-Particle Interactions

5 Sources of Radiation

5.2 Sources of Gamma Rays

5.3 Sources of X Rays

5.4 Sources of Neutrons

5.5 Sources of Charged Particles

5.6 Cosmic Rays

6 Probability and Statistics for Radiation Counting

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Probability and Cumulative Distribution Functions

6.3 Mode, Mean and Median

6.4 Variance and Standard Deviation of a PDF

6.5 Probability Data Distributions

6.6 Binomial Distribution

6.6.1 Radioactive Decay and the Binomial Distribution

6.7 Poisson Distribution

6.8 Gaussian or Normal Distribution

6.9 Error Propagation

6.10 Data Interpretation

7 Source and Detector Effects

7.1 Detector Efficiency

7.2 Source Effects

7.3 Detector Effects

7.4 Geometric Effects: View Factors

7.5 Geometric Corrections: Detector Parallax Effects

8 Essential Electrostatics

8.1 Electric Field

8.2 Electrical Potential Energy

8.3 Capacitance

8.4 Current and Stored Energy

8.5 Basics of Charge Induction

8.6 Charge Induction for a Planar Detector

8.7 Charge Induction for a Cylindrical Detector

8.8 Charge Induction for Spherical and Hemispherical Detectors

8.9 Concluding Remarks

9 Gas-Filled Detectors: Ion Chambers

9.1 General Operation

9.2 Electrons and Ions in Gas

9.3 Recombination

9.4 Ion Chamber Operation

9.5 Ion Chamber Designs

9.6 Summary

10 Gas-Filled Detectors: Proportional Counters

10.1 Introduction

10.2 General Operation

10.3 Townsend Avalanche Multiplication

10.4 Gas Dependence

10.5 Proportional Counter Operation

10.6 Selected Proportional Counter Variations

11 Gas-Filled Detectors: Geiger-M¨uller Counters

11.1 Geiger Discharge

11.2 Basic Design

11.3 Fill Gases

11.4 Pulse Shape

11.5 Radiation Measurements

11.6 Special G-M Counter Designs

11.7 Commercial G-M Counters

12 Review of Solid State Physics

12.1 Introduction

12.2 Solid State Physics

12.3 Quantum Mechanics

12.4 Semiconductor Physics

12.5 Charge Transport

12.6 Summary

13 Scintillation Detectors and Materials

13.1 Scintillation Detectors

13.2 Inorganic Scintillators

13.3 Organic Scintillators

13.4 Gaseous Scintillators

14 Light Collection Devices

14.1 Photomultiplier Tubes

14.2 Semiconductor Photodetectors

15 Basics of Semiconductor Detector Devices

15.1 Introduction

15.2 Charge Carrier Collection

15.3 Basic Semiconductor Detector Configurations

15.4 Measurements of Semiconductor Detector Properties

15.5 Charge Induction

16.1 Introduction

16.2 General Semiconductor Properties

16.3 Semiconductor Detector Applications

16.4 Detectors Based on Group IV Materials

16.5 Compound Semiconductor Detectors

16.6 Additional Semiconductors of Interest

16.7 Summary

17 Slow Neutron Detectors

17.1 Cross Sections in the 1/v Region

17.2 Slow Neutron Reactions Used for Neutron Detection

17.3 Gas-Filled Slow Neutron Detectors

17.4 Scintillator Slow Neutron Detectors

17.5 Semiconductor Slow Neutron Detectors

17.6 Neutron Diffraction

17.7 Calibration of Slow Neutron Detectors

17.8 Neutron Detection by Foil Activation

17.9 Self Powered Neutron Detectors (SPND)

17.10 Time-of-Flight Methods

18 Fast Neutron Detectors

18.1 Detection Mechanisms

18.2 Detectors Based on Moderation

18.3 Detectors Based on Recoil Scattering

18.4 Semiconductor Fast Neutron Detectors

18.5 Detectors Based on Absorption Reactions

18.6 Summary

19 Luminescent and Additional Detectors

19.1 Luminescent Dosimeters

19.2 Photographic Film

19.3 Track Detectors

19.4 Cryogenic Detectors

19.5 Wavelength-Dispersive Spectroscopy (WDS)

19.6 ˇCerenkov (Cherenkov) Detectors

20 Radiation Measurements and Spectroscopy

20.1 Introduction

20.2 Basic Concepts

20.3 Detector Response Models

20.4 Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy

20.5 Radiation Spectroscopy Measurements

20.6 Factors Affecting Energy Resolution

20.7 Experimental Design

20.8 Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy—Summary

20.9 Charged-Particle Spectroscopy

21 Mitigating Background

21.1 Sources of Background Radiation

21.2 Mitigation of the Radiation Background

21.3 Self-Absorption of Photons

21.4 Electronic Methods for Background Reduction

22 Nuclear Electronics

22.1 Mathematical Transforms

22.2 Pulse Shaping

22.3 Components

22.4 Timing

22.5 Coincidence and Anti-Coincidence

22.6 Instrumentation Standards

22.7 Electronic Noise

22.8 Coaxial Cables

A Basic Atomic Data and Conversion Factors

A.1 Fundamental Physical Constants

A.2 The Periodic Table

A.3 Physical Properties and Abundances of Elements

A.4 SI Units

A.5 Internet Data Sources

B Cross Sections and Related Data

B.1 Data Tables

B.1.1 Thermal Neutron Interactions

B.1.2 Photon Interactions

About the Authors

Douglas S. McGregor is a University Distinguished Professor in Kansas State University (KSU) and holds the Boyd D. Brainard Chair in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. Professor McGregor serves as director of the Semiconductor Materials and Radiological Technologies Laboratory at KSU, a 9500 sq ft laboratory dedicated to radiation detector research.He has published over 200 research articles and reports, is co-inventor on over 20 radiation detector patents, and his research group has received five R&D-100 Awards for radiation detector innovations. Prof. McGregor is also the recipient of various other honors, including the KSU College of Engineering (CoE) Frankenhoff Outstanding Research Award (2006) and the CoE Engineering Distinguished Researcher Award (2016).

J. Kenneth Shultis joined the Nuclear Engineering faculty at Kansas State University in 1969 and where he presently holds the Black and Veatch Distinguished Professorship and is the Ike and Letty Conerstone teaching scholar.Besides being coauthor of this book he has coauthored the books Fundamentals of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Radiation Shielding, Radiological Assessment, Principles of Radiation Shielding, and Exploring Monte Carlo Methods.He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), and has received many awards for his teaching and research, including the infrequently awarded ANS Rockwell Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions over 50 years to the practice of radiation shielding.

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