A Closer Look at Neutrons in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering


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Series: Physics Research and Technology

BISAC: SCI074000

Target Audience: Scientists, Neutron Researchers, Academician, Health Physicists, Radiation Protection

The neutron is an unstable nucleon outside the atomic nucleus; its mass is approximately 0.0014 times higher than the proton’s mass and it plays an essential role in the atomic nucleus’s stability. The neutron does not have an electric charge and interacts with matter causing numerous reactions. The above properties make the neutron essential in several areas. In nuclear power production, for instance, the neutron combined with the moderator plays a critical role. This book is a collection of works related to the neutron and its applications. Each chapter of this book’s content is self-contained and is derived from the experience and research carried out by the authors. The book describes each aspect of neutrons ranging from their essential characteristics to their applications. Chapters of this book concern topics including the description of neutron characteristics, the challenge of neutron dosimetry, the ambient dose equivalent due to cosmic neutrons, the use of neutrons as an analytical tool through neutron activation analysis, the absorbed dose response of natural minerals which also have thermoluminescent features, and the use of neutrons in medicine to treat cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. The book also discusses topics such as neutron attenuation by super-alloys, neutron production in radiotherapy with electrons, the use of neutrons to detect explosives, and cloud computing technology for neutron dosimetry and spectrometry. This book would be handy for scientists, engineers, researchers, students, and practitioners in neutron studies and applications.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Neutron Features: The Importance of Neutrons
(Roberto García-Baonza – Departamento de Ingeniería Energética, ETSI Industriales, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)

Chapter 2. Neutron Dosimetry
(Antonio Baltazar-Raigosa, Carina Torres-Cortés, Hector Rene Vega-Carrillo, Angel Garcia-Duran and Tzinnia Gabriela Soto-Bernal – Electric Engineering Academic Unit, University Autonomous of Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Zac., Mex, et al.)

Chapter 3. Ambient Dose Equivalent due to Cosmic Neutrons
(Joel Vazquez-Bañuelos, Claudia Angelica Marquez-Mata, Guillermo Eduardo Campillo-Rivera, Hector Rene Vega-Carrillo – Doctorate Program in Engineering and Applied Technology, Electrical Engineering Academic Unit, Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico, et al.)

Chapter 4. Principles and Uses of Neutron Activation
(Mayra G. Garcia-Reyna, Guillermo E. Campillo-Rivera, Claudia A. Marquez-Mata, Hector R. Vega Carrillo, & V.P. Singh – ITA-Electric Engineering Unit, University Autonomous of Zacatecas, Mexico, et al.)

Chapter 5. Absorbed Dose Response to Neutrons of Quartz and Mexican Onyx
(Claudia A. Marquez-Mata, Joel Vazquez-Bañuelos, Mayra G. Garcia-Reyna, Hector R. Vega-Carrillo – ITM/Technological Institute of Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Ags. Mexico, et al.)

Chapter 6. Neutrons in Medicine
(Guillermo E. Campillo-Rivera, Mayra G. García-Reyna,Joel Vázquez-Bañuelos and Hector Rene Vega-Carrillo, V.P. Singh – Doctorate program in Engineering and Advanced Technology, Academic Unit Electric Engineering, Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, et al.)

Chapter 7. Neutron Radiation Attenuation Characteristics of Rhenium-Boron-Iron New Superalloys
(B. Aygün, A. Karabulut and V. P. Singh – Department of Electronics and Automation, Vocational School, Agri Ibrahim Cecen University, Agri, Turkey, et al.)

Chapter 8. Neutron Production during Radiotherapy Treatment with Monoenergetic Electrons and Dose Received by the Patient
(Tzinnia Gabriela Soto-Bernal, Diego Medina-Castro, Antonio Baltazar-Raigosa and Hector Rene Vega-Carrillo – School of Engineering and Sciences, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), Zacatecas, Mexico, et al.)

Chapter 9. Explosive Detection Using Neutrons
(Lenin E. Cevallos-Robalino, Eduardo Gallego, Hector Rene Vega-Carrillo and Gonzalo Garcia Fernandez – Grupo de Investigación en Sistemas de Control y Robótica, GISCOR, Department of Electronic Engineering, Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, C. Robles 107 y Chambers, 090108, Guayaquil, Ecuador, et al.)

Chapter 10. Neutron Spectrometry and Dosimetry with Application Virtualization, An Industry 4.0 Cloud Computing Technology
(M. R. Martinez-Blanco, A. Serrano Muñoz, A. del Rio de Santiago, H. R. Vega-Carrillo, M. A. de Sousa Lacerda, R. Mendez, E. Gallego, V. P. Singh, J. M. Ortiz-Rodriguez – Laboratorio de Innovación y Desarrollo Tecnológico en Inteligencia Artificial, Unidad Académica de Ingeniería Eléctrica, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas. Av. Ramón López Velarde, 801, Col. Centro, Zacatecas, Mexico, et al.)


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