The book “Computational Experiments of Radiation Physics” offers a comprehensive approach to teaching and researching the concepts of radiation physics through computer-based experiments. Recognizing the challenges associated with establishing a traditional instrumentation laboratory, the book presents a viable solution by introducing the use of computer simulations and virtual laboratories.
The proposed computer experiments draw upon the principles covered in various courses related to Medical Physics, Radiologic Technology, Nuclear Engineering, Radiology, Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Protection, and Nuclear Instrumentation. While the aim is not to replace physical laboratories entirely, the book serves as a supplementary resource to enhance the didactic materials used in teaching and research, incorporating computational tools to address laboratory practice problems. The Monte Carlo method is employed as a study tool throughout the book.
The exercises featured in the book are designed to foster an understanding of the physical phenomena explored in Radiation Physics courses or nuclear instrumentation laboratories. The intention is to allow students, both graduate, and undergraduate, to engage with the material without requiring extensive knowledge of the Monte Carlo code utilized. However, it is recommended that instructors and students possess a basic understanding of computational skills and some familiarity with the Monte Carlo code to maximize their experience, even if they are beginners. Additionally, a fundamental knowledge of electronic spreadsheets is desirable for both teachers and students.
The book covers a range of experiments. The first experiment focuses on radioactive emission spectra simulation, while the second delves into count statistics and simulates a counting measurement of a radioactive sample. Dosimetric quantities important in describing radiation fields are discussed in the third experiment. The fourth experiment examines the inverse square law of distance to verify its geometric nature. The fifth experiment explores the exponential behavior of the law of photon attenuation. The sixth experiment investigates scattering variation with relevant parameters. The seventh experiment centers around the absorbed dose, a fundamental dosimetric quantity, in the context of radiotherapy. The eighth experiment discusses charged particle interaction and provides an estimation of the range of electrons. Finally, the ninth experiment simulates a neutron source.
The book is available in digital and print formats through various Amazon websites. Both English and Portuguese versions of the book are available to cater to a wider audience.
Computational Experiments of Radiation Physics
Authors: Lucas Paixão & Telma Fonseca
Publisher: Independently published (June 23, 2023)