Physics and Engineering of Radiation Detection

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Contrary to common perception, radiation has enormous potential of benefiting mankind. For example, use of radiation in medical diagnostics in the form of CT and nuclear scans has enabled the physicians to perform diagnoses that would not have been possible otherwise. Another example is the use of radiation to destroy cancerous growths, a process generally known as radiation therapy. It is true that radiation can induce harm as well but a close examination reveals that its benefits certainly outweigh its potential hazards. This realization has led to rapid advancements in theory and applications of radiation interactions and its measurements. New types of radiation detectors and sources are being constantly developed in laboratories around the world. Also, a number of annually held international conferences are devoted just to the developments of radiation measuring devices.

During my career as a physicist, working primarily on radiation detectors, I always felt a need for a book that would not only discuss the technological aspects of the field but would also give a thorough account of the underlying physical principles. The scarcity of such books led me to think about writing one myself. However, those who understand the field would appreciate that writing such a book is not an easy task due mainly to the fast paced developments in the related technologies. The strategy that I therefore adopted was to concentrate on theories, methodologies, and technologies that are of fundamental value in terms of understanding the conceptual basis of the radiation devices.

1 Properties and Sources of Radiation
2 Interaction of Radiation with Matter
3 Gas Filled Detectors
4 Liquid Filled Detectors
5 Solid State Detectors
6 Scintillation Detectors and Photodetectors
7 Position Sensitive Detection and Imaging
8 Signal Processing
9 Essential Statistics for Data Analysis
10 Software for Data Analysis
11 Dosimetry and Radiation Protection
12 Radiation Spectroscopy
13 Data Acquisition Systems
A Essential Electronic Measuring Devices
B Constants and Conversion Factors
C VME Connector Pin Assignments

Author Details
"Syed Naeem Ahmed"
"Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario"

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