Radiation Damage with Biological Specimens and Organic Materials

  • Robert M. Glaeser


In this chapter we will use the expression “radiation damage” to refer to any changes in the physical structure or the chemical makeup of the specimen which occur as a result of exposure to the electron beam. The different types of such changes that can occur are indeed quite diverse. Furthermore, the electron exposure that results in major structural or chemical changes varies according to the type of specimen being observed and according to the type of “damage endpoint” that is being studied. For further details, beyond what is described here, the reader is referred to a number of recent reviews on the subject of radiation damage in biological and organic materials (COSSLETT, 1978; ISAACSON, 1977; SEVERAL AUTHORS, 1975).


Mass Loss Radiation Damage Collective Excitation Radiation Chemistry Bond Scission 
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  • Robert M. Glaeser
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  1. 1.Division of Medical Physics and Donner LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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