Primary Processes of Energy Absorption

  • Hermann Dertinger
  • Horst Jung
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Up to this point, the aim has been to describe the form of dose-response curves schematically, using the principles of hit theory, kinetic theory or general stochastics. A knowledge of the primary processes of absorption is necessary before this discussion can be extended. There are two ways to approach this problem: either by looking at the loss of radiation energy (the slowing down) of a charged particle, or alternatively by looking at the uptake of energy by molecules of the irradiated material. Both approaches will be used, commencing with a consideration of the processes of interaction of radiation with matter. This will include electromagnetic radiation, as well as charged and uncharged particles. The section is subdivided according to the different interaction processes.


Pair Production Secondary Electron Oscillator Strength Primary Ionization Linear Energy Transfer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann Dertinger
    • 1
  • Horst Jung
    • 1
  1. 1.Nuclear Science CenterUniversity of Heidelberg and Institute for Radiation BiologyKarlsruheGermany

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