Radioactive Contaminations in the Environment and Risk to Human Health

Radioactive Contaminations in the Environment and Risk to Human Health

This lecture is part of the modules "Modern Aspects of Physics" and "Selected Topics in Modern Physics"


The lecture deals with the occurrence of natural and artificial radionuclides in the environment, describes the pathways of radioactive substances through the environment to humans and gives an assessment of the resulting radiation exposure and the risks associated with it. The following topics are dealt with in detail: radiation exposure resulting from the nuclear explosions in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the following decades of nuclear weapon testing, in nuclear accidents: Windscale, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima, Kystym, criticality accidents, lost sources (Goiania) . Consequences of uranium mining for workers and environment. Exposure of patients to radium and radon therapy.

Credit points: 2

Semster hours per week: 2

Place:  4134, room 101, Seminarraum Biophysik, Herrenhäuser Straße 2

Start: Summer semester, monday 10:15 a.m.

Lecturer: Prof. Walther

Download the knowledge profile for this course.


Richard RhodesThe making of the Atomic Bomb
Warner, KirchmannNuclear Test Explosions
Mosey -  International Special Publications (2006) Reactor Accidents Nuclear Engineering
Shaw -  Elsevier, Amsterdam (2007) Radioactivity in the terrestrial environment
EisenbudEnvironmental Radioactivity
David Atwood - Wiley and Sons, 2010 Radionuclides in the Environment

Recommended basics

Before attending this course you should have completed "Physics IV A: nuclei, particles" and "Radiation Protection and Radioecology".