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About the course

  • Programme/course information

    In this course we apply what we’ve learned from radiation interaction to determine, for instance, the energy deposited by ionizing radiation. This is of great importance for radiation protection and in radiotherapy when constructing dose plans. We start off with a recap of radiation interaction, how charged and uncharged particles interact with matter. We introduce quantities and concepts commonly used in radiation dosimetry and investigate how radiation can be detected and subsequently measured. We continue by studying differences between measurements and expected results, and explain how to derive corrections for the discrepancies. This course also contains an introduction to microdosimetry and internal dosimetry, both of which are important when determening the intentional and unintentional damage caused by ionizing radiation. The course contains three parts, where the theory (7.5ECTS) is examined at a written exam, the laboratory part (2.5ECTS) is examined via written laboratory reports and a project (5 ECTS). The project is a group assignment and is examined by oral presentations and written reports.

    After completed course, the student is expected to:

    • In detail explain the dosimetric quantities and concepts on which radiation dosimetry is based
    • In details explain large cavities as well as Bragg-Gray, Spencer-Attix and Burlin cavity theory
    •  Explain ion chambers, chemical and solid-state detectors
    • Explain concepts and dose determination in internal dosimetry
    • Explain microdosimetry
    • Independently apply the expected knowledge to determine the absorbed dose, using correct dosimeter, experimental design, approximations and calculation methods
    • Show the ability to communicate and collaborate during group assignments
    • Independently plan, organize and implement work in project form
  • More information 1

    All communication with the students during the course is via Canvas.

    When you register for the course (see above), you will have access to the course information on Canvas.

    It's important that you access this information, if you don't use your university mail account, it's important that you arrange for forwarding to another email address.

    The course you are going to take is provided by the Department of Radiation Sciences 

    Course Coordinator
    Erik Nilsson

  • More information 2

    Course literature:
    Andreo, P., Burns, D., Seuntjens, J., Nahum, A., & Attix, F. (2017). Fundamentals of Ionizing Radiation Dosimetry . Weinheim: Wiley-VCH Verlag.

    Electronic version available using the university library website, (2020-05-25)


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  • Information due to COVID-19

    Thank you for choosing Umeå University! We really look forward to seeing you. Until October, most of the teaching at the university will take place online. But the library group study rooms and study spaces are open from the start of the semester. Please remember to keep your distance when using these spaces.

    The exact plan for the rest of the autumn semester has not yet been decided. At some point this autumn, we will likely all be able to meet on campus again, but the way back needs to be gradual. The university is planning on reaching a new decision about the autumn semester in mid-August. Unfortunately, we can’t give you any clear information about how your specific education will be affected quite yet. But stay updated through the Student web.

    Changes due to COVID-19

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  • Recommended arrival times

    International students are recommended to arrive at least a few days before the start of the regular term, preferably prior to the Orientation. If you fail to arrive on time, you have to contact the study counselor as soon as possible, but not later than one week ahead of the course start, or you may not be able to register for the programme.

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  • Orientation

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    More about the Orientation this term.

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