Faculty mentor: Kim Kearfott
Required skills: Motivation to learn, basic programming skills, solid mathematics and physics background.
Radiation is everywhere! Significant natural radiation exists near deposits of uranium and radium, which include uranium mining areas of the United States as well as as a result of processes such as fracking. It is used in medicine and industry, and a large number of radionuclides exist because of nuclear weapons testing and routine releases from nuclear power plants. This project involves the design of smart dectectors for usage by radiation protection specialists, and for deployment on drones and in fixed radiation monitoring stations with publically available data. Special algorithms are being developed along with new radiation detector designs for nearly all applications of radiation detectors.