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Radioactivity and Radiation

What They Are, What They Do, and How to Harness Them

  • Claus Grupen
  • Mark Rodgers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Claus Grupen, Mark Rodgers
    Pages 1-5
  3. Claus Grupen, Mark Rodgers
    Pages 7-25
  4. Claus Grupen, Mark Rodgers
    Pages 27-35
  5. Claus Grupen, Mark Rodgers
    Pages 37-48
  6. Claus Grupen, Mark Rodgers
    Pages 49-59
  7. Claus Grupen, Mark Rodgers
    Pages 61-78
  8. Claus Grupen, Mark Rodgers
    Pages 79-93
  9. Claus Grupen, Mark Rodgers
    Pages 95-113
  10. Claus Grupen, Mark Rodgers
    Pages 115-121
  11. Claus Grupen, Mark Rodgers
    Pages 123-132
  12. Claus Grupen, Mark Rodgers
    Pages 133-143
  13. Claus Grupen, Mark Rodgers
    Pages 145-157
  14. Claus Grupen, Mark Rodgers
    Pages 159-160
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 161-248

About this book

Introduction

This book lays the foundations for you to understand all that you always wanted to know about radioactivity. It begins by setting out essential information about the structure of matter, how radiation occurs and how it can be measured. It goes on to explore the substantial benefits of radioactivity through its many applications, and also the possible risks associated with its use.

The field of radioactivity is explained in layman’s terms, so that everybody who is interested can improve their understanding of issues such as nuclear power, radiation accidents, medical applications of radiation and radioactivity from the environment.

Everything is radioactive. There is natural radioactivity in the homes that we live in, the food that we eat and the air that we breath. For over 100 years, people have recognised the potential for radioactivity to help solve problems and improve our standard of living. This has led to the creation of radioactivity levels in some places that are much higher than naturally-occurring background levels. Such high levels of radiation can be harmful to people and the environment, so there is a clear need to manage this potential harm and to make the risk worth the benefits mankind can achieve from radioactive materials.

Keywords

Radiation Protection Biological Effects of Radiation Interactions of Ionising Radiation with Matter Nuclear Accidents Non-Ionising Radiation Environmental Radiation Nuclear Instrumentation

Authors and affiliations

  • Claus Grupen
    • 1
  • Mark Rodgers
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of SiegenSiegenGermany
  2. 2.Bluesmith Information SystemsLeedsUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-42330-2
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-42329-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-42330-2
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