RADAM: Radiation Detection and Measurement

The main objective of the project is to familiarize students with the practical aspects of radiation measurement.

05/09/2016 to 09/09/2016
Expected Outcome: 

The student is able to set up and/or to analyse

  1. nuclear counting measurements (GM-counting, proportional counters etc.)
  2. measurements using NaI- ( and LaBr-)Scintillators and HPGe-Detectors for gamma-spectrometry
  3. basic LSC measurements (he/she gets to know quench effects)
  4. measurements (without sample preparation) using alpha-detectors
  5. Neutron activation and neutron detection

He is aware of the importance of a correct treatment of the uncertainties in the data and knows how to apply the recipes given in the GUM-publications for some typical cases

He knows how to determine the counting efficiency for simple geometries and gets first information on simulation tools to determine efficiencies for more complex situations

The student can apply the methods of this laboratory in other disciplines e.g. nuclear chemistry (see offerMARC)

Intended Participants: 

Students , mainly at Master level, Bachelor students only if initial knowledge appropriate

This IC is highly recommended for students who want to participate in the nuclear chemistry course, proposed at the Campus Jülich in the following week, which have little or no experience in nuclear measurements.

The activity is organised for our own students, free places are open for students of CHERNE partners

Basic knowledge of nuclear physics and of interaction of radiation with matter Basic knowledge of EXCEL. Students which are familiar with tools like MATLAB, GNUPLOT etc. are highly welcome.
Number of Participants: 
Max. 12 (including students from FH Aachen study courses)
Time Schedule: 

The IC is mainly focused on experimental activities. Short presentations at the end of the IC will be part of the evaluation

Potential partners should show their interest asap. They will be asked for further suggestions and comments

Students should express their interest by the end of June 2016 and register not later than July, 15th 2016.

Accepted students will obtain a hand-out of the intended experiments and some literature to be prepared 

Erasmus IP: 
Cost for students: 

Travel not covered

Accommodation approx. 45€/night in local hotels possible

Apartments for approx. 25€/night (no breakfast) also possible

There is a possibility of installing tents on the Campus at no cost!

One social dinner, welcome and farewell drinks (sponsored by Kursstätte a course provider for radiation protection training)

No Tuition fee

TOTAL COSTS Depend on accommodation and travel

Extra Information: 

We will try hard to obtain cheap accommodation (last year we had an apartment for less than 25€ a night!)