Radioactivity and radiation applications
Silverman, Joseph Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland.
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- Penetration and scattering applications
- Initiation of chemical reactions
- Radioactive power sources
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The field in which the subatomic fragments emitted in radioactive decay (alpha particles, beta particles, gamma rays) or produced by high-voltage accelerators (electrons, protons, x-rays) are applied to the problems of science, engineering, industry, and medicine. The techniques are extraordinarily versatile and sensitive and are basically inexpensive. A disadvantage that limits the range and extent of these applications is the health hazard that may be involved. See also: Radioactivity; Radioisotope
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