Principles of Radiation Sensors

Office Hours:         Sundays         9:30 – 10:20    

                             Tuesdays        9:30 – 10:20

Assistants:           To be announced

Course Sched.:    Saturdays  hh:mm – hh:mm   Room # Barghx

                              Mondays  hh:mm – hh:mm   Room # Bargh x

Purpose of the course:

The aim of this course is to address the principles of radiation and radiation detection, the detection theory and related technologies, and the well-known solid state sensors especially IR detectors as well as their characterization methodologies. This course will cover related topics to comprehensive detection theory, where the relation between this theory and the obtained response from the solid state radiation detectors, as well as the associated technologies and applications are discussed.


 Richard & JR. Hudson, Infrared System Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2006.

 Suppl. Text:

  • A. Smith, F. E. Jones and R. P. Chasmar, The detection and measurement of infrared radiation, Oxford 1968.
  • R. Jha, Infrared technology applications to electrooptics photonic devices and sensors, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2000.
  • J. Zissis, Sources of radiation, SPIE optical engineering Press 1993.
  • V. Narlinker, High temperature superconductivity 2 (Engineering applications), Springer 2004.

 Course Outlines:

  1. Principles of radiation theory & detection
  2. Emission & absorption of radiation
  3. Thermal Infrared detectors and its spectral selectivity
  4. Optical and IR detectors and the difference between them
  5. Infrared detector arrays and focal plane arrays
  6. Superconductive infrared detectors
  7. Study of noise readings in infrared sensors and their effect on its performance
  8. The measurement of detector characteristics
  9. Modern detectors and ultimate limits on their performance
  10. Techniques for thermal bias and dynamic thermal management
  11. The analysis of infrared systems output signal
  12. Different applications of infrared techniques

Grading:         HWs:                            7%

(Tentative)     Quizzes:                        8%

                      Project:                         15%

                      Midterm:                       32%

                      Final Exam:                  38%