CBEMS 244 Detection and Measurement of Radiation (2016-2017)

CBEMS 244 Detection and Measurement of Radiation

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 244 Detection and Measurement of Radiation (Credit Units: 4) Basic principles of detection and measurement of ionizing radiation - both theory and practical aspects of measurement techniques for alpha, beta, gamma and neutron radiation, Properties of different detector materials will be included as well as electronics and data treatments and analysis. Same as CHEM 244. Prerequisite: CHEM 233 or CBEMS 233. Graduate students only. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0470131480.

Recommended Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-1420091854.


On-line materials: Pulse Processing, A Short Course, Helmut Spieler (LBNL), 2002 and many other tutorials and notes available at: http://www-physics.lbl.gov/~spieler

Mikael Nilsson
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

Nuclear and Radiochemistry (CHEMS 133 or CBEMS 133).

Lecture Topics:
  • General principles of detectors
  • General principles of detection electronics: Pulse processing, shaping, timing, coincidence and anti coincidence
  • Gas detectors, statistics
  • Scintillation methods, solids, liquids. MCAs, photomultipliers and CCDs
  • Semi-conductor detectors – alpha, beta, gamma spectrometry
  • Neutron detection, NAA
  • Low temperature detectors, photographic, ICs as radiation detectors
  • Background sources, shielding and reduction methods
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 4 hours of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component


Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Quizzes: 15%
  • Midterm Exam: 35%
  • Final Exam: 50%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

January 26, 2016
Senate Approved:
February 11, 2016
Approved Effective:
2016 Fall Qtr