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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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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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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Equivalent Dose absorption from Na22 source

No idea what exactly the rules are or how I should ask this question, but here's the verbatim quesiton: "A Na$^{22}$ source has an activity of 100 $ \mu $C. If you handle the source, how big is the ...
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“Single-shot” Heat engine efficiency limits

The sun is 5778K and Earth is ~290K. Using the sun as the hot reservoir and earth as a cold reservoir we get 95% Carnot efficiency. However, the solar power efficiency limit is only 86%, see: ...
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Surface UV exposure with cooler star

If the sun's surface was ~ 4000K (and earth closer to compensate), the UV component of the radiation would be less. However, UV makes ozone via photolysis of oxygen. Also, the stratosphere would ...
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A problem concerning the change of temperature and spectrum of a filament

The spectrum of a filament has been given before, the left one having the lowest temperature, the middle with a medium temperature and the right one with the highest. My question is this: Why does ...
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Are scalars starting at around 1300 MeV analogous to some kind of sound in the vacuum glue?

Are scalars starting at around 1300 MeV analogous to some kind of sound in the vacuum glue? Background: There are scalars starting at around 1300 MeV which are probably some combination of ...
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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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How to calculate material depth at which penetrating radiation direction becomes randomized?

Consider a very light particle impinging on a material composed of atoms which are effectively infinitely heavy (e.g., because they are bound together and stiff). If the scattering with nuclei is ...
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How do experimental physicists know the decay path of transuranium elements ahead of time?

I have been watching (and enjoying) Dr. Poliakoff's YouTube videos on the synthesis of transuranium elements like Roentgenium and Copernicium, which decay so quickly that they are identified (if I ...
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Why does a damped quantum harmonic oscillator have the same decay rate as the equivalent classical system?

$\newcommand{ket}[1]{|#1\rangle} \newcommand{bbraket}[3]{\langle #1 | #2 | #3 \rangle}$ Why does the decay rate for a damped quantum harmonic oscillator exactly match the classical limit? Background ...
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How do we 'watch ' atomic interactions?

I'm relatively new to objective physics and it's measuring and imaging abilities.. Specifically I don't know if we can 'watch' inter/or intra molecular exchanges like the photonic and electronic. I ...
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Gamma Spectrum: What is causing this behavior?

In my radiation detection lab we're identifying a unknown source, based on the gamma spectrum it's an activated gold foil. You can clearly see 4 peaks: 411.78 keV (Au-198), 675.93 keV (Au-198), 823.51 ...
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Effect of Background Radiation on a Transmitted Signal

I'm coding a basic simulation of using error correcting codes to transmit data from a satellite back to earth. I'm not sure what to set the "noise level" to. Let's say a satellite orbiting Mars ...
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How is the “negative dispersion” derived?

I'm looking at Kopfermann H., Ladenburg R., Nature, 122, 338-339 (1928) and it appears Ladenburg in Ladenburg R., Z.Physik, 4, 451-468 (1921) was the first to discover the phenomenon of "negative ...
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Klein-Nishina for estimating X-ray cross section

I'm looking at interaction probability for X-rays with water and DNA, and recently have starting reading up on the Klein-Nishina identities for differential cross section. When integrated over all ...
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Understanding the definition of SAR value?

I am confused over the meaning of SAR values and different standards in its definitions. While checking of website a mobile manufacturer company for a mobile phone, I found this statement The SAR ...
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Proton energy distribution after Si layer

I've been using SRIM to get an approximation of the energy distribution that a beam of monoenergetic incident ions will have after a thin layer of silicon. However, for my purposes it would be better ...
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Analogy for Rayleigh scattering

This morning's eclipse has me looking into Rayleigh scattering. I'm trying to think of a good analogy to explain it to somebody without getting too in-depth into electromagnetism and other subjects... ...
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Energy Equation

I am reading a book on radiation and the author, while developing the equation of radiation transfer provides two forms of the equation, the second incidentally being more general and useful that the ...
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How do I build an alpha emitter?

I would like to build an alpha emitter. I suppose I had some vague idea of knocking the electrons off of some helium. But upon further examination the idea does strike me as...naive? My question is ...
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Is deep-space radiation greater in the Sun, or in the shadow of Earth?

http://space.stackexchange.com/questions/604/is-it-possible-to-get-pregnant-through-natural-means-in-space indicates cosmonauts are at risk of irradiation whilst in space. What little I know about ...
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Effective amplitude in Neutrinoless double beta decay

Can someone give me the value of the effective amplitude($A$) of $\bar{\nu_\mu}\rightarrow\nu_\mu$ oscillation of Neutrinoless double beta decay? The expression is like this: ...
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Beta decay for Ar-38, K-38, Cl-38

I want to prove that $^{38}Ar$ is stable with respect to $\beta$ decay, that $^{38}Cl$ decays by $\beta^-$ and that $^{38}K$ decays by $\beta^+$. I know from Googling that this is true, and I also ...
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How do I calculate the Radiation length of a Molecule

I want to calculate the Radiation length in a Molecule with the Formula given on wikipedia. How do I calculate Z and A for a molecule to put it into the Formula?
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Light vs. X-ray interactions with Phosphor

Looking for some information on how light and xrays interact with phosphorous, or what might cause the following: Scenario A focus beam of light is directed at a phosphor plate at the same time as ...
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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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Atomic/nuclear physics question

I've got what's probably quite a basic question here but I can't get things clear in my head. If I have a cobalt isotope like Co-56, is it possible for this to undergo Neutron capture (becoming ...
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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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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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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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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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Clarification on isotropic sources and fields

For an isotropic radiation field the net flux is zero, something I find quoted in a lot of notes and text on radiation. We often think of isolated stars as isotropic sources, but their net flux is ...
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Is there a way to cause scintillation of air particles using an artificial source?

Is there an artificial source that can cause scintillation of air (nitrogen, oxygen, etc. )? What does it emit and what is the range?
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Polarisation states in 1d?

I am working through a derivation of the spectral energy density in a 1d cavity. The derivation says that the number of modes (per unit volume) in a frequency interval $dv$ is given by: $$g(\nu)d\nu ...
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beta minus decay: expression for maximum electron energy

I'm having some trouble finding an expression for the maximum electron energy in beta minus decay. In the frame where the neutron is initially at rest, conservation of momentum reads: ...
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Continuum Wave Function for the electron

I'm trying to understand certain processes like the photoelectric effect and Bremsstrahlung. In Bremsstrahlung I need to use the wave function of an electron coming from the continuum, and there is ...
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thresholds for Cherenkov radiation visible to the human eye

In pool-type fission reactors, the beautiful Cherenkov radiation from the beta decay of intermediate products seems to be a well-understood phenomenon. I am wondering what some ballpark figures are ...
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What is a high brilliance X-Ray and how is one created

I just found this term being used in a Stanford Engineering year in review 2013-2014 "X-rays illuminate path to more efficient fuel cells" that cited this work. Never heard the term before and I came ...
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What are the principle factors that limit $\beta$ decay to elements with atomic number, Z 100 or less?

I learned for the first time in Eric Scerri's new book A Tale of 7 Elements that $\beta$ decay does not occur for elements with atomic number, Z > 100. I did some further web research on this subject ...
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Determine the number of grays absorbed by human emitted by Uranium 238

I want to count the estimated value of gamma radiation (in Grays) absorbed by human emitted by Uranium 238. Weight of it's ore is about 20 grams. The human weight is about 70 kilograms, he was about 5 ...
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Can the half-life of rubidium 87 be theoretically estimated?

Can the Fermi golden rule be applied to give an approximation of this half-life?
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Origin of the names for the decay chains

Is there any reason for the names of the decay chains? As shown in this chart (larger version here): only the Thorium chain starts on an isotope of the element it takes its name from, and it can ...
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Will the absorption of high energy gamma rays end up heating the absorping material?

By high energy I mean 100+ MeV gamma rays. I think that at this energy of photons, pair production is the dominating absorption process. So, as known, in pair production an electron and a positron ...
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Trouble justifying calculation of force on a sphere due to radiation pressure

I know very little about electromagnetic waves and light in general so you are going to have to bear with me. I am attempting to calculate the force on a sphere in a plane wave of light where the ...
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Welding physics (black body and heat conductance)?

If I have two pieces of steel that I would like to weld with a laser (say $d$ in diameter). If I wanted to melt the two pieces to a depth of $d$ along the edge and then combine them together, how much ...
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Non reflecting boundaries in waveguides

Can someone please explain the Sommerfeld radiation condition and what is the alternative non-reflecting boundary conditions for waveguides of general geometries?
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The Deflecting System in a Hot Cathode Ray Tube

In an HCR-Tube, the deflecting system used to deviate the electron beam is made of positively charged plates. How is this justified? If, due to some malfunction, the electron beam deflects from its ...
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What sort of thin film experiments can be done in zero gravity and in the presence of cosmic radiation?

I recently found out about sending stuff into space and using the unique zero gravity and cosmic radiation riddled environment to investigate stuff like crystal growth. Since thin film science is a ...
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Gadolinium poisoning vs Holmium Poisoning

Question here on the poisoning used around neutron spallation sources (or reactors, or any neutron source). I use poisoning in the sense of absorbing neutrons to prevent their release into the outside ...