Interaction of Radiation with Matter

  • D. Horváth
  • A. Vértes


The effects of interactions of the various kinds of nuclear radiation with matter are summarized with special emphasis on relations to nuclear chemistry and possible applications. The Bethe–Bloch theory describes the slowing down process of heavy charged particles via ionization, and it is modified for electrons and photons to include radiation effects like bremsstrahlung and pair production. Special emphasis is given to processes involved in particle detection, the Cherenkov effect and transition radiation. Useful formulae, numerical constants, and graphs are provided to help calculations of the stopping power of particles in simple and composite materials.


Pair Production Shell Electron Bloch Equation Cherenkov Radiation Photoelectric Effect 
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This work was supported by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA) under contracts NK67974 and K72172.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear PhysicsBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Institute of Nuclear ResearchDebrecenHungary
  3. 3.Eötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary

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