Interaction of Radiation with Matter

The particles or rays that are emitted during radioactive decay are emitted with a certain energy (which we learned how to calculate in Chapter 3), and they may or may not have charge. All of them interact with the environment into which they are released, transferring energy to that medium, and eventually dissipating all of their energy. We quantify the transfer of energy to matter in the next chapter. For now, it should be clear that such transfers of energy will have important implications for radiation biology, radiation shielding, radiation detection, and almost every practical application of radiation protection.


Alpha Particle Linear Energy Transfer Orbital Electron Beta Particle Neutron Interaction 
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