Nuclear Metrology

Key information

Start date: 17 February 2020

Attendance dates:

February 2020: 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

Time commitment: 5 days

Venue:

Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Contact details:

Overview

This course will provide an introduction to nuclear metrology and an understanding of nuclear metrology for applications in the nuclear industry, environmental monitoring and nuclear medicine. This course is taught by experts from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and includes a full, one day laboratory session at the NPL.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss and assess the importance of calibrations standards, quality assurance and uncertainties
  • Discuss problems inherent to nuclear forensic and nuclear dating
  • Discuss how to demonstrate that measurements of radioactivity are accurate and follow national standards
  • Understand the basic concepts of nuclear metrology.

Course content

Content includes the following:

  • Calibration standards
  • Introduction to radiation metrology
  • Liquid scintillation counter
  • Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials
  • Nuclear data: Why is it important? How to measure it? Where to get data from?
  • Nuclear forensics
  • Primary standards
  • Quality assurance
  • Radiochemical separation
  • Radiochemistry
  • Reference materials
  • Source preparation
  • Uncertainties.

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory work.

Course leader

Patrick Regan

Paddy Regan joined the academic staff in the Physics Department at Surrey in 1994 after holding postdoctoral research positions in experimental nuclear structure physics at the University of Pennsylvania, USA and the Australian National University in...

Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites required for this course.

Fees and funding

Price per person:

£1,800

How to apply

To apply for this short course please contact the Faculty Continuing Education Manager, Barbara Steel who will help process your application.

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Terms and conditions

  • Cancellations notified in writing ten working days before the event; we charge a cancellation fee of 35 per cent of the standard rate. If we have already received payment we refund 65 per cent of the full fee.
  • Cancellations within 10 working days before the event; We charge these at the full rate and do not give refunds.
  • If no written notice of cancellation is received, no refund can be made.
  • The University of Surrey reserves the right to cancel any event. In this case, the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged. Details of event changes or cancellations are available by phoning +44 (0)1483 686040.
  • Delegates can make a provisional registration for a course by telephone or email. However bookings are only acknowledged formally once payment has been received.
  • Substitutions from the same company may be made following consultation with the Continuing Education Manager.
  • The University reserves the right to cancel any course on the grounds of insufficient numbers or for other reasons beyond our control. In this case the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged.
  • Registrations cannot be accepted without a valid purchase order, credit card payment or cheque.
  • Proof of payment.
  • Registrations must come with a valid purchase order, credit card payment or cheque.