Neutron Science and Reactor Physics

Photograph showing the interior (core) of a reactor vessel. A core is the portion of a reactor that contains the fuel components where reactions take place.

Photograph of the core of a reactor vessel at a nuclear power plant. (Photo courtesy of U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.)

Instructor(s)

MIT Course Number

22.05

As Taught In

Fall 2009

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Features

Course Description

This course introduces fundamental properties of the neutron. It covers reactions induced by neutrons, nuclear fission, slowing down of neutrons in infinite media, diffusion theory, the few-group approximation, point kinetics, and fission-product poisoning. It emphasizes the nuclear physics bases of reactor design and its relationship to reactor engineering problems.

Archived Versions

Forget, Benoit. 22.05 Neutron Science and Reactor Physics, Fall 2009. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/nuclear-engineering/22-05-neutron-science-and-reactor-physics-fall-2009 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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