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PAP339 Semiconductor radiation detectors, 5 cr 
Code PAP339  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Semiconductor radiation detectors  Abbreviation Semiconductor r 
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 Medical Physics and Biophysics

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.


Can be taken in any stage of master's or doctoral studies.

Given every second year (even years) in the spring term.

Two period course (III-IV periods).

Learning outcomes 

After the course, the student will…

  1. know the basics of the interaction of radiation and matter;
  2. be familiar with the application of detectors in the studies of particle, X-ray, gamma-ray and neutron radiation;
  3. know the operational principle of semiconductor diode detectors and other selected types of solid-state detectors;
  4. have an idea of the principles of detector signal processing and data-acquisition;
  5. be familiar with the application of radiation detectors in the instrumentation of nuclear and particle physics.
Completion methods 

Weekly exercises based on lectures. Participation in two laboratory works with one laboratory report. Final examination.


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

Recommended optional studies 

Other courses in the course package of Instrumentation of Particle Physics.


1. Interaction of radiation with matter.

2. Solid-state detectors.

3. Detector read-out.

Study materials and literature 

Lecture notes.


Glenn. F. Knoll: Radiation Detection and Measurement, Fourth Edition, Wiley, chapters 1-4 and 11-20, 2010 (or corresponding knowledge).

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

Lectures; homework; exercise sessions; work in Helsinki Detector Laboratory; writing laboratory report; presentation by students; excursion.

Assessment practices and criteria 


1. Examination 70 %

2. Exercises 30 %


Minimum 1/3 available homework exercise points;

Participation in two laboratory sessions with accepted laboratory report;








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