Introduction to nuclear science / Jeff C. Bryan.

Author
Bryan, Jeff C. [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Boca Raton : CRC Press, c2009.
Description
xvi, 244 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

Details

Subject(s)
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 229) and index.
Contents
Introduction. Radiation ; Atomic structure ; Nuclear transformations ; Nuclear stability ; Ionizing radiation ; A biological threat? ; The chart of the nuclides ; Questions -- The mathematics of radioactive decay. Atomic masses and average atomic masses ; The nature of decay ; Specific activity ; Dating ; Branched decay ; Equilibria ; Statistics ; Questions -- Energy and the nucleus. Binding energy ; Total energy of decay ; Decay diagrams ; Questions -- Radioactive decay: the gory details. Alpha decay ; Beta decay ; Positron decay ; Electron capture ; Multiple decay modes ; The valley of beta stability ; Isomeric transitions ; Other decay modes ; Questions -- Interactions of ionizing radiation with matter. Ionizing radiation ; Charged particles ; Photons ; Attenuation of X- and y-radiation ; Questions -- Detection of ionizing radiation. Gas-filled detectors ; Scintillation detectors ; Other detectors ; Gamma spectroscopy ; Questions -- Nuclear reactions. Energetics ; Cross section ; Yield ; Accelerators ; Cosmogenic nuclides ; Questions -- Fission and fusion. Spontaneous fission ; Neutron-induced fission ; Fusion ; Stellar nucleosynthesis ; Synthesis of unknown elements ; Questions -- Nuclear reactors and weapons. Fission reactors ; Reactor safety ; Nuclear waste ; Cost of nuclear power ; Proliferation of nuclear weapons ; Fusion reactors ; Nuclear weapons ; Dirty bombs ; Questions -- Nuclear medicine. Radionuclide production ; Radiopharmaceuticals ; Radiotracers ; Questions -- Radiation therapy and food irradiation. Radiation therapy ; Food irradiation ; Question -- Radiation protection. Terms ; Regulations and recommendations ; Risk ; Questions -- X-ray production. Conventional X-ray beams ; High-energy X-ray beams ; Questions -- Appendix A: Useful constants, conversion factors, SI prefixes, and formulas -- Appendix B: Periodic table of the elements -- Appendix C: Table of chi-squared.
ISBN
  • 9781420061642 (hc : alk. paper)
  • 142006164X (hc : alk. paper)
LCCN
2008013350
OCLC
214066898
RCP
N - S

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