Cosmogenic Radionuclides

Theory and Applications in the Terrestrial and Space Environments

  • Jürg Beer
  • Ken McCracken
  • Rudolf von Steiger
Part of the Physics of Earth and Space Environments book series (EARTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jürg Beer, Ken McCracken, Rudolf von Steiger
      Pages 3-5
    3. Jürg Beer, Ken McCracken, Rudolf von Steiger
      Pages 7-9
    4. Jürg Beer, Ken McCracken, Rudolf von Steiger
      Pages 11-14
  3. Cosmic Radiation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jürg Beer, Ken McCracken, Rudolf von Steiger
      Pages 17-18
    3. Jürg Beer, Ken McCracken, Rudolf von Steiger
      Pages 19-78
    4. Jürg Beer, Ken McCracken, Rudolf von Steiger
      Pages 79-98
    5. Jürg Beer, Ken McCracken, Rudolf von Steiger
      Pages 99-109
    6. Jürg Beer, Ken McCracken, Rudolf von Steiger
      Pages 111-131
  4. Cosmogenic Radionuclides

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Jürg Beer, Ken McCracken, Rudolf von Steiger
      Pages 135-137
    3. Jürg Beer, Ken McCracken, Rudolf von Steiger
      Pages 139-177
    4. Jürg Beer, Ken McCracken, Rudolf von Steiger
      Pages 179-189
    5. Jürg Beer, Ken McCracken, Rudolf von Steiger
      Pages 191-201
    6. Jürg Beer, Ken McCracken, Rudolf von Steiger
      Pages 203-239
    7. Jürg Beer, Ken McCracken, Rudolf von Steiger
      Pages 241-277
    8. Jürg Beer, Ken McCracken, Rudolf von Steiger
      Pages 279-291
  5. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293

About this book

Introduction

Cosmogenic radionuclides are radioactive isotopes which are produced by natural processes and distributed within the Earth system. With a holistic view of the environment the authors show in this book how cosmogenic radionuclides can be used to trace and to reconstruct the history of a large variety of processes. They discuss the way in which cosmogenic radionuclides can assist in the quantification of complex processes in the present-day environment. The book aims to demonstrate to the reader the strength of analytic tools based on cosmogenic radionuclides, their contribution to almost any field of modern science, and how these tools may assist in the solution of many present and future problems that we face here on Earth. The book provides a comprehensive discussion of the basic principles behind the applications of cosmogenic (and other) radionuclides as environmental tracers and dating tools. The second section of the book discusses in some detail the production of radionuclides by cosmic radiation, their transport and distribution in the atmosphere and the hydrosphere, their storage in natural archives, and how they are measured. The third section of the book presents a number of examples selected to illustrate typical tracer and dating applications in a number of different spheres (atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, biosphere, solar physics and astronomy). At the same time the authors have outlined the limitations of the use of cosmogenic radionuclides. Written on a level understandable by graduate students without specialist skills in physics or mathematics, the book addresses a wide audience, ranging from archaeology, biophysics, and geophysics, to atmospheric physics, hydrology, astrophysics and space science.

Keywords

biochemistry tracers cosmic rays cosmogenic radionuclides basics cosmogenic radionuclides tools environmental tracers geochemistry tracers radionuclide dating methods space weather and environment

Authors and affiliations

  • Jürg Beer
    • 1
  • Ken McCracken
    • 2
  • Rudolf von Steiger
    • 3
  1. 1.EawagDübendorfSwitzerland
  2. 2.High Range NSWAustralia
  3. 3.International Space Science InstituteBernSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14651-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-14650-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-14651-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1610-1677
  • Series Online ISSN 1865-0678
  • About this book