CINCH_approved_100x91.jpgThis CSE exercise will allow the student to write a program that simulates how a gamma detector works. The advantage over using a real detector is that in the simulation the different absorption mechanisms that determine detection of gamma rays can be turned on and off at will, something which of course not is possible in real life. This will provide the student with a better understanding of the detection process of gamma rays.

Follow this link for a general description of Computing in Science Education (CSE) exercises.

Learning Outcome

  • Same as for using the readymade simulation program to study gamma-ray detection.
  • Training in writing computer code to simulate a real system.

Guides and Material for Students

Guides and Material for Teachers

  • Source code for the gamma detector simulation program, written in LabView, is available here: [ Source Code (VI) ] [ Executable ]. Remember that to run the executable you will need the appropriate LabView run-time plug-in from National Instruments (version 2012 in this case).
  • Tips and tricks - compilation of experience and advice from other teachers is collected here.