Film Badge Dosimetry in Atmospheric Nuclear Tests

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During the 18-year program of atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons (1945-1962), some of the 225,000 participants were exposed to radiation. Many of these participants have been experiencing sicknesses that may be test-related. Currently, test participants who had served in military units have pending over 6,000 claims for compensation at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This study presents improved methods for calculating the radiation doses to which these individuals were exposed, and are intended to be useful in the adjudication of their claims.
 

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Contents

Executive Summary
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1 Introduction
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2 Basic Principles of Film Badge Dosimetry
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3 Radiation Source Terms in Atmospheric Testing
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4 Use of Film Badges in Atmospheric Nuclear Testing
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5 Quantification of Personnel Film Badge Uncertainties
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6 Uncertainty Analysis by Individual Test Series
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7 Conclusions
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8 Recommendations
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References
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Appendix A Organizational Abbreviations
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Appendix B Glossary
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Appendix C Biographical Sketches
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Index
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