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Stephen McKeever

Author of "A Course in Luminescence Measurements and Analyses for Radiation Dosimetry"

February 7, 2023

Stephen McKeever is Emeritus Regents Professor of Physics at Oklahoma State University. He has authored or co-authored over 220 scientific publications and six books in the area of radiation detection and measurements, specializing in development and applications of luminescence in radiation dosimetry. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a Member of the Health Physics Society. He is a member or past-member of several editorial boards and is presently Consulting Editor, of the journal Radiation Measurements. He is the former Oklahoma Secretary for Science and Technology, and the former Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer at OSU. He is a graduate of Bangor University (UK), having obtained all his degrees (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. and D.Sc.) in Engineering Science from the university. After postdoctoral work at the universities of Birmingham and Sussex in the UK he moved to the USA and joined the OSU physics faculty in 1983. After assignments as Department Head in Physics, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, he retired from OSU in February 2017.

"A Course in Luminescence Measurements and Analyses for Radiation Dosimetry" presents a course of instruction for beginning students, or for more-experienced researchers new to the field, into three of the main and currently used luminescence phenomena in radiation dosimetry, namely, thermoluminescence (TL), optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and radiophotoluminescence (RPL). The book outlines the theoretical background of each technique and stresses the connections between them. In doing so, the book treats luminescence techniques for radiation dosimetry holistically, beginning with the basic concepts and showing how the three techniques are related within the confines of energy storage, charge transfer processes and defect interactions. The book emphasizes pedagogy rather than the latest research. State-of-the-art research is included only if it demonstrates a principle or opens new insight into physical mechanisms. Thus, the primary purpose of the book is to teach beginning researchers in the field about the three techniques, their similarities and distinctions, and their applications. The intent is to provide the reader with the building blocks with which they can examine the latest research and have a sufficient understanding of it to enable them to raise questions and conceive future research programs to answer those questions.


Last Updated: 9 February 2023