Introduction to Nuclear Engineering and Ionizing Radiation

A blue glow suffuses a water-filled chamber containing pipes and other apparatus.

Cherenkov radiation, caused by beta particles moving through water faster than the speed of light, creates this blue glow in the core of the Idaho National Laboratory Advanced Test Reactor. (Courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory on Flickr. License CC BY-NC-SA.)


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Fall 2015



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This course provides an introduction to nuclear science and its engineering applications. It describes basic nuclear models, radioactivity, nuclear reactions and kinematics; covers the interaction of ionizing radiation with matter, with an emphasis on radiation detection, radiation shielding, and radiation effects on human health; and presents energy systems based on fission and fusion nuclear reactions, as well as industrial and medical applications of nuclear science.

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Michael Short. 22.01 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering and Ionizing Radiation. Fall 2015. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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