Courses & Labs
22.09 Principles of Nuclear Radiation Measurement and Protection
Combines lectures, demonstrations, and experiments. Review of radiation protection procedures and regulations; theory and use of alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron detectors; applications in imaging and dosimetry; gamma-ray spectroscopy; design and operation of automated data acquisition experiments using virtual instruments.
Prof. A. Danagoulian, Dr. G. Kohse
8.13/8.14 Experimental Physics I/II
A rigorous year of lab experiments for juniors in the Department of Physics. Some of the experiments are performed using the neutron spectrometer beam at the MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory.
22.011 Seminar in Nuclear Science and Engineering
A seminar course that surveys the range of diverse subjects in nuclear science and engineering covered by the department. Students gain some insight into reactor operation by raising and lowering the power level of the MIT Research Reactor by 0.5 MW under the guidance of an experienced operator.
Prof. R. S. Kemp
22.01 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering and Ionizing Radiation
An introduction to nuclear science and its engineering applications for sophomores in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Students gain a deeper understanding of reactor operation by raising and lowering the power level of the MIT Research Reactor by 0.5 MW under the guidance of an experienced operator.
Prof. M. Short
22.921 Nuclear Power Plant Dynamics and Control
Introduction to reactor dynamics, including subcritical multiplication, critical operation in absence of thermal feedback effects and effects of xenon, fuel and moderator temperature, etc. Derivation of point kinetics and dynamic period equations. Techniques for reactor control including signal validation, supervisory algorithms, model-based trajectory tracking, and rule-based control. Overview of light-water reactor start-up. Lectures and demonstrations with use of the MIT Research Reactor. Open to undergraduates with permission of instructor.
J. A. Bernard