Target Theory and Action Cross Section

  • Hermann Dertinger
  • Horst Jung
Part of the Heidelberg Science Library book series (HSL)


Now that the most important primary processes of energy absorption have been considered (Chapter 4), and powerful formalisms for the description of dose-response relationships have been developed (Chapter 2 and 3), the unavoidable problem arises of linking the formal description with physical reality. The resultant systematic presentation of this chapter is therefore particularly valuable, as its conclusions will provide some important aids for the better understanding and assessment of many radiation biological phenomena (for example, the temperature and oxygen effects). The considerations of this chapter require first of all a precise definition of the term “hit”, as this was not possible in the previous discussion of the hit theory.


Tobacco Mosaic Virus Test Effect Linear Energy Transfer Relative Biological Effectiveness Radiation Sensitivity 
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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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