How to Detect what we Cannot see?

As we continue down this road, a basic understanding of radioactivity and nuclear chemistry is beginning to take shape. We have learned of its discovery and the properties that led scienties to this discovery. We have also learned about how contemporary societies make use of these properties. We will now see how ionizing radiation can be detected and measured within a working environment.

Detection and measurement of radioactive materials in the workplace is extremely important to protect the safety of individuals. The most common detection devices are the Geiger-Mueller counters (geiger counters), scintillation detectors, liquid scintillation counters and solid state detectors.

Geiger Counters

Scintillation Detector

Liquid Scintillation Counters

Solid State Detector

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