Atoms, Radiation, and Radiation Protection offers professionals and advanced students a comprehensive coverage of the major concepts that underlie the origins and transport of ionizing radiation in matter. Understanding atomic structure and the physical mechanisms of radiation interactions is the foundation on which much of the current practice of radiological health protection is based. The work covers the detection and measurement of radiation and the statistical interpretation of the data. The procedures that are used to protect man and the environment from the potential harmful effects of radiation are thoroughly described. Basic principles are illustrated with an abundance of worked examples that exemplify practical applications. Chapters include problem sets (with partial answers) and extensive tables and graphs for continued use as a reference work. This completely revised and enlarged third edition includes thorough updates of the material, including the latest recommendations of the ICRP and NCRP.
Table of contents:
Preface to the First Edition.
Preface to the Second Edition.
Preface to the Third Edition.
Chapter 1. About Atomic Physics and Radiation.
Chapter 2. Atomic Structure and Atomic Radiation.
Chapter 3. The Nucleus and Nuclear Radiation.
Chapter 4. Radioactive Decay.
Chapter 5. Interaction of Heavy Charged Particles with Matter.
Chapter 6. Interaction of Electrons with Matter.
Chapter 7. Phenomena Associated with Charged-Particle Tracks.
Chapter 8. Interaction of Photons with Matter.
Chapter 9. Neutrons, Fission, and Criticality.
Chapter 10. Methods of Radiation Detection.
Chapter 11. Statistics.
Chapter 12. Radiation Dosimeter.
Chapter 13. Chemical and Biological Effects of Radiation.
Chapter 14. Radiation-Protection Criteria and Exposure Limits.
Chapter 15. External Radiation Protection.
Chapter 16. Internal Dosimeter and Radiation Protection.
Appendix A. Physical Constants.
Appendix B. Units and Conversion Factors.
Appendix C. Some Basic Formulas of Physics (MKS and CCS Units).
Appendix D. Selected Data on Nuclides.
Appendix E. Statistical Derivations.