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PAP338 Gaseous radiation detectors and scintillators, 5 cr 
Code PAP338  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Gaseous radiation detectors and scintillators  Abbreviation Gaseous radiati 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences 

Target group 

Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences is responsible for the course.

Modules where the course belong to:

  • PAP300 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Particle Physics and Cosmology
  • MATR300 Advanced Studies in Materials Research
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Experimental Materials Physics
    2. Study Track in Medical Physics and Biophysics

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.


This course can be taken in the middle and later stages of studies.

Lectured every second year (odd years) in the autumn term.

Two period course (I-II periods).

Learning outcomes 
  • Knowledge of radiation detectors and its principle of operation
  • Treatment of the signals
  • Analysis of its performance
Completion methods 

Exercises based on lectures.



Applicable already in the beginning of the Master's degree studies.

Recommended optional studies 

Basic knowledge of mathematics, physics, electronics and statistics is a plus

Introduction of the interaction of radiation with matter; this include the processes undergo by a particle traversing a block of matter and its energy loses mechanism.
The particles in study are: photons, light charged particles, heavy charged particles and neutrons. Then study of Scintillation mechanism and generation of light by energy deposition in a crystal. This will include the conversion of photons light flash into an electrical signal.
Finally similar study will be done for gas-filled detectors and detailed study of detectors developed in house for CERN experiments
Study materials and literature 
  1. Glenn Knoll, Radiation detection and measurements ( 3rd edition)
  2. Claude Leroy, Pier-Giorgio Rancoita, Principles of radiation interaction in matter and detection ( 3rd edition)
  3. Lecoq et al., Inorganic scintillators for detector systems (2006)
  4. Stephen Derenzo, Heavy Scintillators for scientific and industrial applications (1992)
  5. Walter Blum, Werner Riegler, Luigi Rolandi, Particle detection with drift chambers (2nd edition)
  6. Sunil Kumar, Radiation detection basics & development of advance gas detectors (2013)
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