radiation detector

Radiation Detection Measurement Lab

The radiation detection measurement laboratory maintains a wide variety of instrumentation that is employed to study radiation and radioactive decay. This laboratory is used to educate students on the fundamentals of radiation detection and allows them to explore current advances in the field. To demonstrate detector components, Nuclear Instrument Modules (NIM) are maintained and used to operate Geiger-Mueller tubes, gas-flow proportional counters, alpha-spectrometers, gamma detectors and neutron detectors. For more advanced laboratories, students use digital electronic based systems to study gamma spectroscopy, coincident radiation, neutron detection and neutron multiplicity. To accomplish this work, the Nuclear Engineering Department maintains high-purity germanium (HPGe) workstations, hand-held radiation identification systems as well as He-3 and BF-3 tubes for neutron detection. The laboratory is used both in the educational and research programs for the department.