An introduction to radiation protection by Alan D Martin; Samuel A Harbison

By Alan D Martin; Samuel A Harbison

An advent to Radiation safety is an obtainable account of the character of the dangers provided through ionizing radiation and the equipment of safeguard, for these new to the sector and for the non-specialist.
This ebook takes the reader throughout the basic history to the topic, the technical rules underlying the keep an eye on of radiation risks, the organic results of radiation, and radiation detection and size. those are by way of a attention of extra really good issues together with radiation safeguard in drugs and within the nuclear energy undefined, radioactive waste administration and radiological emergencies

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This is pair-production and the two resulting particles share the available energy. 1. 3 Neutrons Neutrons are uncharged and cannot cause ionization directly. As with ␥ radiation, neutrons ultimately transfer their energy to charged particles. In addition, a neutron may be captured by a nucleus, usually resulting in ␥-emission. These processes are described in greater detail in Chapter 8. 3 summarizes the types of interactions of nuclear radiations with matter. 10 PENETRATING POWERS OF NUCLEAR RADIATIONS The ␣ particle is a massive particle (by nuclear standards) and travels relatively slowly through matter.

In the second case, modification of even a single cell may result, after a latency period, in a cancer in the exposed individual or, if the modification is to a reproductive cell, the damage may be transmitted to later generations and give rise to hereditary effects. In these cases, it is the likelihood of the effect occurring that depends on the dose. This type of effect is referred to as stochastic, meaning ‘of a random or statistical nature’. To summarize, radiation-induced changes at the cellular level can lead to two distinct types of injury.

As a consequence, ␣ particles lose their energy very rapidly and only travel very short distances in dense media. Beta particles are very much smaller than ␣ particles and travel much faster. Therefore, they undergo fewer interactions per unit length of track and so give up their energy more slowly than ␣ particles. This means that ␤ particles travel further in dense media than ␣ particles. Gamma radiation loses its energy mainly by interacting with atomic electrons. It travels very large distances even in dense media and is very difficult to absorb completely.

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