Chapter 1 – Radiation Physics and Radionuclide Decay

  title={Chapter 1 – Radiation Physics and Radionuclide Decay},
  author={M. F. L'annunziata},
  • M. F. L'annunziata
  • Published 2012
  • Physics
  • The chapter begins with a brief history of the discovery and early characterization of radioactivity. It follows with a description of basic units and definitions together with the properties of atomic constituents, the distinction between nuclides, isotopes, isobars, isomers and isotones, and the relation between mass and energy. This preliminary material is followed with a treatment on the properties of the nucleus, nuclear forces, binding energy, and nuclear models. Natural and artificially… CONTINUE READING
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