TFY4225 - Nuclear and Radiation Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

This course describes models for the constituents and properties of nuclei, nuclear reactions and radioactivity, description of various mechanisms for interaction between ionizing radiation and matter, and introduction to radiation dosimetry. The course includes applications such as detection of radiation, analytical methods, nuclear power generation, environmental exposure to ionizing radiation, risk assessment, and radiation protection.

Learning outcome

The student acquires knowledge of constituents and properties of nuclei, nuclear reactions and accompanying radiations, as well as mechanisms for the interaction of radiation with matter. This includes: nuclear models and nuclear properties, nuclear reactions, with emphasis on alpha, beta and gamma radiation related to strong, weak and electromagnetic interactions, mechanisms for the interaction of radiation with matter, radiation dosimetry, biological effects of ionizing radiation, radiation protection, nuclear power, fusion reactions, industrial and medical applications og nuclear methods and ionizing radiation.
Students will be able to find and use relevant data to assess and evaluate the occurrence and effects of nuclear processes and ionizing radiation, as well as acquire skills in spectroscopic analysis of beta and gamma radioactivity and the radiation’s interaction with matter, using NaI and HPGe detectors combined with computer-based multichannel analysis. The student will acquire skills in analyzing and interpreting registered radiation spectra, and communicate the result of such investigations in writing.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, problem solving, mandatory laboratory assignments and mandatory project work with presentations. Teaching will be in English if students on international master programs are attending the course. When lectures and lecture material are in English, the exam may be given in English only.

Compulsory assignments

  • Laboratory exercises
  • Project Work/Presentation

Further on evaluation

The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

J. Lilley: Nuclear Physics, John Wiley og Sons, 2001. Some supplementary material.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIF4054 7.5


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 C 2018-12-17 09:00
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.