Radiation is a process in which energetic particles or energetic waves travel through a medium or space. The particles or waves radiate (i.e., travel outward in all directions) from a source.

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Bismuth vs tungsten shielding

When shielding 1250-keV $^{60}$Co at a nuclear facility, are there instances in which a shield produced of a mixture of bismuth and silicon can provide higher/equal attenuation than a shield produced ...
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Radioisotope beta decay generator

Why are there no electrical generators utilising the electron/s of beta decay from a radioisotope for generating a working current? For example, how much radioisotope would I need to generate 1A or ...
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Spontaneous radiative decay due to electric dipole radiation

In my textbook, we calculated the rate at which an electric dipole radiates energy to be $Pwr = \frac{1}{4\pi \epsilon_0}\frac{2}{3c^3}\left(\frac{d^2 p}{dt^2} \right)^2$ where p is the dipole ...
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Tritium decay is spontaneous even if the binding energy of tritium is higher than the binding energy of 3He. Why?

Given this nuclear reaction: $^3_1\mathrm H\to {}^3_2\mathrm{He}+e^-+\bar{\nu}$ and knowing the binding energies: $BE(^3_1\mathrm H)=8.48 \,\mathrm{MeV}$ $BE(^3_2\mathrm{He})=7.72 \,\mathrm{MeV}$ ...
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Why spurious pulses are likely in partial discharges?

My notes The gas multiplication in the proportional counters is based on the secondary ionization created in collisions between electrons and neutral gas molecules, resulting in some visible ...
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In Electron Spin Resonance, what provides the energy for the transition?

I recently performed an ESR experiment at M.Sc. level. The experiment manual says that the energy for the transition is provided by magnetic field oscillating at radio frequency. I am little confused ...
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Measuring the energy of an alpha particle

I would like to measure the energies of particles emitted from a variety of ionizing radiation sources (alpha and beta), and then convert these energies to velocities. However, I am not too sure about ...
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What is the physical meaning of source function in radiative transfer?

I know that it's the ratio between emission and absorption coefficients.But what does it actually mean? Can you please explain?
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How does scintillation gamma-spectrometers work?

As far as I understand, the incident photon interacts by photoelectric, Compton scattering or pair production with the electrons of the crystal (NaI(Tl) in our case). The electron that emerges from ...
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To what altitudes does cosmic radiation penetrate?

How far does high energy (Cosmic) radiation penetrate(km above sea level) into the planet earth? And at what rate(/m^2/s)? (limited set of rates here) (The Aurora is low energy protons that stop at 90 ...
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Modeling incoming solar radiation

I want to write a model for estimating incoming solar radiation for a specific latitude on earth but I am struggling to find an appropriate source which shows the required equations for doing so. ...
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What produces this 477 keV spectral line?

Question about a specific line on a gamma spectrum, here. Below is a background gamma spectrum observed by a Ge[li] detector. I've been able to identify all the lines with mostly certainty, apart ...
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Electric field radiation with moving charge and observation point

I've been working on Chapter 34 of the first volume of the Feynman Lectures on Physics http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/I_34.html#Ch34-S1. In Fig. 34–3 (reproduced above) Prof. Feynman shows ...
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Gamma spectrum: Question about cross sections

If I have a gamma spectrum and I suspect that I should have an isotope, Fe-59 for example, present in the environment, I will then look here: ...
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Earth's magnetic field shields us… from what threat?

This is a nice artistic picture of the magnet field of the earth, shielding us from the solar wind. (source) Wherever you look, it is stated that without our shield, life would not be possible on ...
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Fission of U-235 produces Cs-137 along with…?

Question about Nuclear fission in general, here. If I have the fission of U-235 and I know that one of the products is Cs-137, is there a way of figuring out the other product? Should there be ...
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Matter to energy conversion

Okay so I have a question, during a nuclear explosion or particle/antiparticle annihilation, matter is converted into energy. How do I determine if a from a explosion will come lets say a small ...
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Nuclear decay of V-48

I have a question on the "decay" of Vanadium-48. The reason it's in inverted commas is because I'm not sure whether decay is the right word. Basically what I'm trying to work out is whether it's ...
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How gamma rays are produced? [closed]

Radio active materials emit alpha beta and gamma rays. My question is, what causes (at subatomic level) an atom to produce such a powerful gamma rays and Suppose if I bring a fluorescent bulbs nearby ...
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Lens-Mirror systems and conservation of specific intensity

This came out of a discussion I started yesterday and a related discussion I found. I'll recap the problem quickly: Consider two blackbodies, with surface areas $A_1$ and $A_2$ and temperatures $T_1$ ...
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Definition of Sievert (Sv) unit - is it whole body mass?

I'm wondering about the definition of the Sievert (Sv) unit. It is J/Kg but is that Kg the mass of the whole body or just of the exposed body part? For instance, when a table says that an x-ray of a ...
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Light is EM radiation or field [duplicate]

What is Difference between EM Radiation and EM Field. Are They all are different quantities or interrelated with each other. Do they both follow inverse square law.Is light EM radiation or Field
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What is the strongest material transparent to alpha radiation?

Is there a material which is transparent to alpha radiation while being able to hold up under atmospheric pressure on one side and ultra high vacuum on the other? Put simply, what material is thin ...
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The logarithmic decay of WIFI

I have been told that Wi-Fi, LTE etc signal strength fall of as $$\propto \frac1{\log(r)}$$ where $r$ is the distance. I am wondering why this is. I better explain what I mean with this question. ...
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Why conductors don't scatter light?

Air molecules can be oscillated by E field and re-radiate EM waves in different directions. However, if light is shined to a conductor the E field oscillate the free charges but the effect is to ...
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Increasing the efficiency of solar cell systems

As far as I know, there are currently two main approaches to utilising solar radiation for maximum energy conversion to electricity. These are either direct conversion to electricity, using ...
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Current constraints on lightest neutrino mass?

This paper from 2005 claims that the mass of the lightest neutrino is unconstrained. (see p9) Oscillations are only able to constrain the differences in squares as far as I know, but perhaps ...
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How do we tell the CMB apart from other radiation?

Say I want to observe the CMB and the CMB only. I point my device (telescope in some frequency range) at the sky and start looking. How do I know it should be in the Microwave spectrum? How do I ...
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Explain Stefan-Boltzmann Law?

Can someone explain the Stefan-Boltzmann law in an easy-to-understand way?
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Tunneling of alpha particles

Consider this explanation of the alpha decay: It says The Coulomb barrier faced by an alpha particle with this energy is about 26 MeV, so by classical physics it cannot escape at all. ...
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In the Iranian nuclear deal, how can IAEA detect nuclear activity after 24 days?

This is a question related to current events, but I want to ask about the physics, which are not explained in any news article that I can find. Ernest Moniz and John Kerry wrote an op-ed in the ...
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Removing virtual surfaces in view factor calculations

I've managed to get myself into a quandary. I am looking at (radiation) view factors and I subdivided my system to make the math easier. Now I'm having a hard time figuring how to put the system back ...
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Why does the cloud chamber trails differ in length?

Why does the cloud chamber trails differ in length? Also, why does the cloud chamber trails branch into Y-shape?
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Is it normal for radiation levels to be elevated near a medical imaging lab?

I work in a general-purpose, commercial office building where the first floor is dedicated to an x-ray / imaging lab for medical diagnostics. The public lobby of this building is routinely ...
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What force decays an oscillating charge?

Consider this scenario: We have a charge on a spring. As it oscillates, it loses energy to radiation. What force decays the oscillation? As far as I can see, the only forces in the scenario are ...
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Radioactive decay as pure radiation of neutrinos and antineutrinos?

Is it possible with radioactive decay as pure radiation of neutrinos and antineutrinos? From a theoretical point of view? I'm not asking for processes since I'm convinced there are no known processes ...
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If temperature is dependent on mass, how did the early universe have a temperature?

I am near the end of the book The First Three Minutes by Steven Weinberg. I am reading it in order to get a better picture of the early universe in the Big Bang model. But one thing I am having ...
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What isotope has the shortest half life?

Question: What isotope has the shortest half life?
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Can natural gamma radiation be induced by cosmic rays?

When cosmic-ray particles like muons or neutrons impinge the ground, they get slowed down, thermalized and captured. This process is most effective when water/rain/moisture is present. Furthermore, ...
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Remote EEG detection / reading

I recently noted that Philips, Accenture, and Emotive grouped together to create a proof of concept that would assist ALS patients to gain greater control of their lives through brain, voice, and eye ...
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Radiation from home heaters [closed]

My understanding of radiation is energy being emitted from a source. So much radiation would come out of a home gas or oil heater to become dangerous. I'm assuming infrared radiation.
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2 ways to generate electromagnetic wave

According to Maxwell's equations, accelerating charges emit electromagnetic radiation. According to Quantum physics, heating causes electromagnetic radiation too. These 2 radiations, are they ...
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Kalb-Ramond action and topological string radiation

Let's have simple scalar $\Phi$ action involves spontaneously symmetry breaking in a form $$ \tag 1 S = \int d^{4}x\left( |\partial_{\mu}\psi|^{2} + \psi^{2}|\partial_{\mu}\theta |^{2} - ...
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How does radiation degrade mechanical parts and electronic devices?

I'm running out of places to look (lots of Googling, SE, [articles and books are too specific and never give a good overview]), and yet I am still unsure about how exactly radiation can degrade ...
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What's the idea behind Wu's experiment?

Madame Wu discovered the parity violation in beta-decays. To do so, she took some Co-60 nuclei, which decay via beta-decay in Ni-60 with emission of electron, antineutrino and 2 gamma rays. She ...
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Would wearing clothing that is black on the inside and white on the outside keep you cooler?

The Straight Dope ran an explanation of why nomads often wear black clothing - it absorbs heat better from the body. On the other hand, white clothing reflects sunlight better. Is it possible to get ...
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Why did scientists use a zinc-sulfide coated screen to detect the alpha, beta, and gamma radiation?

How does a zinc-sulfide coated screen work, and how does it manage to detect high-frequency radiation, electrons, and helium? Could it be possible that a delta ray managed to somehow slip past ...
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How to derive the Gamow factor in the simplest way?

I want to know how to derive the Gamow factor (how to solve the integral and which approximation I have to do) without the centrifugal correction. $$V(r) = V_N(r)+V_c(r). $$ The Gamow factor is ...
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Why is the energy spectrum of alpha decay discrete?

Are the other peaks with lower energy caused by the possibility that daughter nuclei have to be in excited states?as show in this link (count versus energy)
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Can UV light make us invisible?

For an object to create different EM waves, it needs to increase the temperature, so what if we or some material could be so hot, that it would emit ultraviolet light, and thanks to that be invisible ...