Monthly Archives: April 2014

Detecting Radioactive Anomalies

The low penetrating power of alpha and beta particles make them unlikely to be detected during field surveys. Instead, most radiometric surveys concentrate on detecting gamma rays. The low attenuation rate of gamma rays passing through air make both ground … Continue reading

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Characterizing Radioactivity

Detection of radioactivity depends on the type of radiation being targeted. Geiger Counters Gieger counters are short tubes filled with a low-pressure mixture of gas with electrodes maintained at a large potential difference. When radiation entered through the window, the … Continue reading

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Radioactivity of Geological Materials

Primeval elements with long half-lives such as potassium (40K), thorium (232Th), and uranium (235U, 238U produce elements with shorter half-lives as part of the decay process. Other primeval elements such as calcium (48Ca), vanadium (50V), and nickel (58Ni) are either … Continue reading

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Radioactivity

Some elements are naturally radioactive, releasing alpha particles, beta particles, or gamma radiation as they decay to more stable elements. The decay in a fixed period of time is proportional to the number of unstable atoms, with exponential decay dictating … Continue reading

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