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Unformatted text preview: Radiation • The term radiation refers to “Energy traveling through space. Some types of radiation associated with radioactivity are alpha and beta particles and gamma and X rays.” • Radiation also includes neutrons, which are uncharged. Ionizing Radiation • Radiation that “. . . has enough energy to remove tightly bound electrons from atoms, thus creating ions = Free Radicals .” • Examples of ionizing radiation include alpha and beta particles, gamma rays, X rays and neutrons.” • Ionizing radiation is used to generate electric power, to kill cancer cells, and in many manufacturing processes. Anthropogenic (man-made) Sources of Ionizing Radiation • X-rays and other procedures used in medicine (medical tests and therapies) • Consumer products • Radioactive substances used in industry • Nuclear power generators • Radioactivity (e.g., radioactive fallout) from the production and detonation (primarily for testing purposes) of nuclear weapons. Natural Sources of...
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2011 for the course ENHS 660 taught by Professor Scott during the Fall '10 term at South Carolina.

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Radiation+Lecture - Radiation • The term radiation refers...

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