© 2010

Introduction to Radiation Protection

Practical Knowledge for Handling Radioactive Sources


Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Claus Grupen
    Pages 1-3
  3. Claus Grupen
    Pages 4-18
  4. Claus Grupen
    Pages 19-30
  5. Claus Grupen
    Pages 57-89
  6. Claus Grupen
    Pages 110-118
  7. Claus Grupen
    Pages 119-142
  8. Claus Grupen
    Pages 143-159
  9. Claus Grupen
    Pages 160-168
  10. Claus Grupen
    Pages 169-189
  11. Claus Grupen
    Pages 190-211
  12. Claus Grupen
    Pages 212-228
  13. Claus Grupen
    Pages 229-237
  14. Claus Grupen
    Pages 238-246
  15. Claus Grupen
    Pages 247-271
  16. Claus Grupen
    Pages 272-278
  17. Claus Grupen
    Pages 279-322
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 323-417

About this book


The book presents an accessible account of  the sources of ionising radiation and the methods of radiation protection. The basics of nuclear physics which are directly related to radiation protection are briefly discussed. The book describes the units of radiation protection, the measurement techniques, biological effects of radiation, environmental radiation, and many applications of radiation. For each chapter there is a problem section with full solutions. A detailed glossary and many useful information in appendixes complete the book. The author has addressed the issue of internationality to make sure that the text and, in particular, the complicated regulations can be easily interpreted not only in Europe and the United States but also in other countries. The subject of radiation protection requires a certain amount of mathematics. For those who have forgotten the basic rules of calculus a short refresher course in the form of a mathematical appendix is added.


Biological radiation effects International radiation regulations Ionising radiation sources Radiation protection measures Radiation protection textbook Radioactivity X-ray biological effects ionizing

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.FB PhysikUniversität SiegenSiegenGermany

About the authors

Ph. D. at Kiel University, Germany 1970

Radiation Officer at Kiel University and Siegen University

Radiation Advisor for Fire Brigades in Matters of Radiation Protection, Siegen, Germany

Visiting Fellow of the Royal Society of England 1971 at the University of Durham

working with Sir Arnold Wolfendale (Prof. Dr. and Astronomer Royal emeritus)

Guest Professor at Tokyo University in 1980 and 1985

Visiting Scientist at CERN during sabbaticals in 1990, 1994 and 2000

Special High Energy and Particle Physics Prize of the European Physical Society

for the Discovery of the Gluon (along with other members of PETRA Experiments) in 1995

Full Professor at Siegen University since 1980

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“An Introduction to Radiation Protection aims to provide the reader with a useful reference tool for all areas of radiation protection, from introductory concepts including standard units and basic nuclear physics to the more specific techniques for selecting instrumentation and practical safety measures. … features useful diagrams, which are used well to explain particular concepts, light hearted cartoon sketches drawn by the author also feature throughout the text. … Overall the book would prove a useful addition to a radiation-safety professional’s bookshelf … .” (Steve Pritchard, CERN Courier, Vol. 50 (9), November, 2010)

Aus den Rezensionen:

 “... Das ... Buch enthält ein besonders ausführliches Stichwortverzeichnis, ein reichhaltiges Glossar, eine kurze mathematische Einführung, Tabellen und viele Rechenbeispiele mit Lösungen ... Hier liegen die großen Stärken des Buchs. ... Dies liegt auch daran, dass es durch die Skizzen des Autors und die Zitate zu Beginn jeden Kapitels ausgesprochen kurzweilig zu lesen ist ... Wer den Menschen vor ionisierender Strahlung schützen will, muss Erkenntnisse aus verschiedensten wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen berücksichtigen. Claus Grupen hat dies in seinem Buch ausführlich getan ...“ (Werner Rühm, in: Physik Journal, 2011, Vol. 10, Issue 5, S. 50)