


Politecnico di Torino  
Academic Year 2012/13  
01MODOD Nuclear Physics with Biomedical applications 

1st degree and Bachelorlevel of the Bologna process in Physical Engineering  Torino 





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 elementaryparticle 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. 
Contents
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) Elementaryparticle 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 23 points; b) multipleanswer 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 1520 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 reused in the following years.

Notes The course is given by a single teacher. 
