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Tungsten Radiation Shield Glossary(G-I)

This page provides a list of general radiation terms that are used to describe different aspects of radiation science. Below are the radiation terms and definition.

Tungsten alloy radiation term-Gamma Radiation

High-energy, short wavelength, electromagnetic radiation emitted from the nucleus of an atom. Gamma radiation frequently accompanies the emission of alpha and beta particles and always accompanies fission.

Tungsten alloy radiation term-Gamma Rays

Very penetrating and are best stopped or shielded by dense materials, such as lead or uranium. Gamma rays are similar to x rays.

Tungsten alloy radiation term-Gaseous Diffusion Plant

A facility where uranium hexafluoride gas is filtered, uranium-235 is separated from uranium-238, increasing the percentage of uranium-235. The process requires enormous amounts of electric power.

Tungsten alloy radiation term-Geiger-Mueller Counter

A radiation detection and measuring instrument. It consists of a gas-filled tube containing electrodes, between which there is an electrical voltage, but no current flowing. When ionizing radiation passes through and ionizes the gas within the tube a short, intense pulse of current passes from the negative electrode to the positive electrode and is measured or counted. The number of pulses per second is an indication of the rate at which ionizing events are occurring within the tube. It was named for Hans Geiger and W. Mueller, who invented it in the 1920s. It is sometimes called simply a Geiger counter or a G-M counter, and is the most commonly used portable radiation term instrument.

Tungsten alloy radiation term-Gray (Gy)

The international system (SI) unit of radiation dose expressed in radiation terms of absorbed energy per unit mass of tissue. The gray is the unit of absorbed dose and has replaced the rad. 1 gray = 1 Joule/kilogram and also equals 100 rad.

Tungsten alloy radiation term-Half-life

The time in which one-half of the activity of a particular radioactive substance is lost due to radioactive decay. Measured half-lives vary from millionths of a second to billions of years. Also called physical or radiological half-life.

Tungsten alloy radiation term-Half-life (biological)

The time required for the body to eliminate, by biological processes, one-half of the material originally taken in.

Tungsten alloy radiation term-Half-life (effective)

The time required for a radionuclide contained in a biological system, such as a human or an animal, to reduce its activity by one-half as a combined result of radioactive decay and biological elimination.

Tungsten alloy radiation term-Health Physics

The science concerned with the recognition, evaluation, and control of health hazards to permit the safe use and application of ionizing radiation.

Tungsten alloy radiation term-High Radiation Area

Any area with dose rates greater than 100 millirems (1 millisievert) in one hour, 30 centimeters from the source, or from any surface through which the ionizing radiation penetrates. Areas at licensed facilities must be posted as "high radiation areas" and access into these areas is maintained under strict control.

Tungsten alloy radiation term-High-enriched Uranium

The isotope uranium-235 enriched to 20 percent or greater in total concentration.

Tungsten alloy radiation term-High-level Waste

High-level radioactive waste (HLW) means (1) irradiated (spent) reactor fuel, (2) liquid waste resulting from the operation of the first cycle solvent extraction system and the concentrated wastes from subsequent extraction cycles, in a facility for reprocessing irradiated reactor fuel, and (3) solids into which such liquid wastes have been converted. HLW is primarily in the form of spent fuel discharged from commercial nuclear power reactors. It also includes some reprocessed HLW from defense activities and a small quantity of reprocessed commercial HLW.

Tungsten alloy radiation term-Ionizing-Radiation Warning Symbol

A radiation warning symbol, to supplement the existing trefoil symbol, has been published by ISO as Standard #21482 - Ionizing-Radiation Warning—Supplementary Symbol. The new symbol is a universal radiation warning symbol with the message of "Danger-Stay Away". Radiation term is intended for IAEA Category 1, 2, and 3 sources defined as dangerous sources capable of causing death or serious injury. It should be placed on the device housing the source, as a warning not to dismantle the device or to get any closer. Where practical, it should be placed under the device cover such that it is not visible under normal use but would be visible if anyone attempts to disassemble the radiation term device. The radiation term symbol is not intended for doors or shipping containers.

Tungsten alloy radiation term-Isotope

One of two or more atoms with the same number of protons, but different numbers of neutrons in their nuclei. Thus, carbon-12, carbon-13, and carbon-14 are isotopes of the element, carbon, the numbers denoting the mass number of each isotope. Isotopes have very nearly the same chemical properties, but often have different physical properties. For example, carbon-12 and carbon-13 are stable; carbon-14 is unstable, that is, it is radioactive.

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