22.106 Neutron Interactions and Applications

Spring 2005

Diagram of new compact neutron generator.

Instead of projecting ions against a single screen, this version of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's compact neutron generator produces many more neutrons by wrapping the target around the ion source. Such neutron generators are small enough to descend into a borehole, provide neutrons for brain-cancer therapy, and peer inside airport luggage. (Illustration courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.)

Course Highlights

This course features problem sets, a sample project, and a complete set of full-text lecture notes.

Previous versions of this course are also available: Spring 2004, Spring 2002.

Course Description

This course is a foundational study of the effects of single and multiple interactions on neutron distributions and their applications to problems across the Nuclear Engineering department - fission, fusion, and RST. Particle simulation methods are introduced to deal with complex processes that cannot be studied only experimentally or by numerical solutions of equations. Treatment will emphasize basic concepts and understanding, as well as showing the underlying scientific connections with current research areas.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Sidney Yip

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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