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Summarizing Radiation Detection and Detectors

Radiation Detection and Detectors Summary

  • Radiation detectors are based directly or indirectly upon the ionization created by radiation, as are the effects of radiation on living and inert materials.

Glossary

Geiger tube

a very common radiation detector that usually gives an audio output

photomultiplier

a device that converts light into electrical signals

radiation detector

a device that is used to detect and track the radiation from a radioactive reaction

scintillators

a radiation detection method that records light produced when radiation interacts with materials

solid-state radiation detectors

semiconductors fabricated to directly convert incident radiation into electrical current

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