Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2012/13
Nuclear Physics with Biomedical applications
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Physical Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Lavagno Andrea ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 FIS/04 60 0 0 0 11
SSD CFU Activities Area context
FIS/04 6 C - Affini o integrative Attivitą formative affini o integrative
Subject fundamentals
Aim of the course (1st semester, 3rd year) is to provide Physical Engineering students with the theoretical basis o modern physics in the two areas of atomic nuclei and elementary particles regarding both terrestrial environment and phenomena occurring at an astronomic scale, and of nuclwear technology applied to biomedical issues.
The course is divided in two sections: in the first one the basics of nuclear and elementary-particle physics are developed; in the second one the students are taught basic elements of nuclear physics applied to medicine.
Expected learning outcomes
- Knowledge of the theory of atomic nucleus.
- Knowledge of the behaviour of elementary particles.
- Ability to apply nuclear theory to medicine.
- Ability to exploit biomedical devices based on nuclear technology.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
- Basic physics (mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, wave optics, elements of structure of matter)
- Quantum and statistical mechanics.
- Basic mathematics.
- Elements of electronics and electrotechnics.
Fundamental aspects of nuclei: bonding energies, properties of the nuclear force, nuclear models, nuclear reactions (2 cr.)
Radioactive decays: alpha, beta, gamma; and related applications (1cr)
Elementary-particle phenomenology, fundamental interactions and symmetries. An introduction to particle accelerators (1 cr.)
Interaction of radiation with matter (a reminder). Detectors of particles sand of ionizing radiation. Effect of radiation in biological systems. Ionizing radiation imaging, CT, SPECT, PET. Nuclear magnetic resonance. Radiotherapy and adrotherapy (2cr.)
Delivery modes
Class exercises include simple problem solving activities, with strict connections to theoretical lectures.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
- Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics ' B. R. Martin, Wiley (2009).
- Nuclear Physics ' Principles and Applications, J. Lilley, Wiley (2001).
- Medical Applications of Nuclear Physics, K. Bethge, G. Kraft, P. Kreisler, G. Walter, Springer (2010).

Learning material provided by the teacher.

Actual texts (selected among those listed) will be stated by the teacher.
Assessment and grading criteria
The exam involves a written and an oral proof. The written proof includes: a) simple problems (either symbolic or numeric) referring to the main subjects of nuclear physics and its applications (fundamentals of nuclei and elementary particles, biomedical applications). Each problem is articulated in 2-3 points; b) multiple-answer questions on the same subjects of solid state physics. The maximum mark of the problems section is 20/30, that of the questions section is 10/30. The total allotted time is 2 hrs. The written proof is passed with a total score of at least 15/30. The oral proof lasts 15-20 mins. and is about all subjects treated in lectures and labs. The final mark is a weighed average of written/oral scores. Additional points can be achieved presenting in- depth studies on specific subjects or preparing lecture notes to be re-used in the following years.

The course is given by a single teacher.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2012/13

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