Introduction to Radiation Protection: Practical Knowledge for Handling Radioactive Sources

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Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 20, 2010 - Science - 417 pages

This account of sources of ionizing radiation and methods of radiation protection describes units of radiation protection, measurement techniques, biological effects, environmental radiation and many applications. Each chapter contains problems with solutions.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Units of Radiation Protection
4
3 Basic Nuclear Physics
19
4 Interaction of Ionizing Radiation with Matter
31
5 Detectors for Radiation Protection
57
6 International Safety Standards for Radiation Protection
90
7 Organization of Radiation Protection
110
8 Practical Safety Measures
119
C Maximum Permitted Activity Concentrations Discharged from Radiation Areas
329
D Examples of Limits for Surface Contaminations
333
E Definition of Radiation Areas
335
F Radiation Weighting Factors wR
336
G Tissue Weighting Factors wT
337
H Physical Constants
338
I Useful Conversions
339
J List of Abbreviations
340

9 Radiation Sources
143
10 X Rays and XRay Regulations
160
11 Environmental Radioactivity
169
12 Nuclear Power Plants
190
13 Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation
212
14 Radiation Accidents
229
15 NonIonizing Radiation
238
16 Solutions to the Problems
247
17 Written Test on Radiation Protection
272
18 RadiationProtection Glossary
279
Appendixes
323
B Exemption Limits for Absolute and Specific Activities
326
K List of Elements
345
L Decay Chains
348
M List of Isotopes Frequently Used in Nuclear Medicine and Radiology
350
N Critical Organs for Various Radioisotopes
355
O Simplified Table of Isotopes and Periodic Table of Elements
360
P DecayLevel Schemes
368
Q Introduction into the Basics of Mathematics
374
Further Reading
381
Photo Credit for Commercial Products
390
Index
399
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Ph. D. at Kiel University, Germany 1970

Radiation Officer at Kiel University and Siegen University

Radiation Advisor for Fire Brigades in Matters of Radiation Protection, Siegen, Germany

Visiting Fellow of the Royal Society of England 1971 at the University of Durham

working with Sir Arnold Wolfendale (Prof. Dr. and Astronomer Royal emeritus)

Guest Professor at Tokyo University in 1980 and 1985

Visiting Scientist at CERN during sabbaticals in 1990, 1994 and 2000

Special High Energy and Particle Physics Prize of the European Physical Society

for the Discovery of the Gluon (along with other members of PETRA Experiments) in 1995

Full Professor at Siegen University since 1980

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