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Beta-Excited Sources of Electromagnetic Radiation; Sources de rayonnements electromagnetiques excites par des particules beta; Vozbuzhdennye beta-chastitsami istochniki ehlektromagnitnogo izlucheniya; Fuentes de radiacion electromagnetica excitadas por particulas beta

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Abstract

Beta-excited sources of electromagnetic radiation covering the energy region 1-200 keV and suitable for industrial use are described. H{sup 3}, Pm{sup 147}, Kr{sup 85}, Tl{sup 204} and (Sr+Y){sup 90} were chosen as sources of beta particles by the criteria of long half-life, low price, ready availability and high specific activity. The {beta}-excited sources have been designed on the basis of a compromise between practical source construction and the best theoretical efficiency in a given energy region. In their paper, the authors calculate the number of photons produced per beta particle and consider how the results must be corrected for self-absorption of the X-rays. In the calculations account is taken of both bremsstrahlung and characteristic {alpha}-radiation; optimum characteristic X-ray yield is achieved for targets with an atomic number between 40 and 60. ''Sandwich'' targets of 1-2 beta half-value thicknesses are found to give maximum photon-yields in the desired energy region. Al, Ag and Au are suitable from the manufacturing point of view as source coverings. They were also found to give satisfactory bremsstrahlung and X-ray yields and distribution for various energy regions in the range 1-200 keV when correctly combined with the above-mentioned D-emitters. Some energy spectra are given and absorption  More>>
Authors:
Cameron, J F; Rhodes, J R [1] 
  1. Physics Group, Isotope Research Division, (AERE), Wantage Research Laboratory, Wantage, Berks (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
Jan 15, 1962
Product Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Conference on the Use of Radioisotopes in the Physical Sciences and Industry, Copenhagen (Denmark), 6-17 Sep 1960; Other Information: 9 figs, 1 tab., 9 refs; Related Information: In: Radioisotopes in the Physical Sciences and Industry. Proceedings of the Conference on the Use of Radioisotopes in the Physical Sciences and Industry. V. II| 566 p.
Subject:
07 ISOTOPES AND RADIATION SOURCES; AVAILABILITY; BETA PARTICLES; BREMSSTRAHLUNG; DISTRIBUTION; EFFICIENCY; ENERGY SPECTRA; KRYPTON 85; PHOTONS; PROMETHIUM 147; SELF-ABSORPTION; THALLIUM 204; X RADIATION
OSTI ID:
22025658
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris (France)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0074-1884; TRN: XA12N1674112951
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 23-39
Announcement Date:
Jan 16, 2013

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Cameron, J F, and Rhodes, J R. Beta-Excited Sources of Electromagnetic Radiation; Sources de rayonnements electromagnetiques excites par des particules beta; Vozbuzhdennye beta-chastitsami istochniki ehlektromagnitnogo izlucheniya; Fuentes de radiacion electromagnetica excitadas por particulas beta. IAEA: N. p., 1962. Web.
Cameron, J F, & Rhodes, J R. Beta-Excited Sources of Electromagnetic Radiation; Sources de rayonnements electromagnetiques excites par des particules beta; Vozbuzhdennye beta-chastitsami istochniki ehlektromagnitnogo izlucheniya; Fuentes de radiacion electromagnetica excitadas por particulas beta. IAEA.
Cameron, J F, and Rhodes, J R. 1962. "Beta-Excited Sources of Electromagnetic Radiation; Sources de rayonnements electromagnetiques excites par des particules beta; Vozbuzhdennye beta-chastitsami istochniki ehlektromagnitnogo izlucheniya; Fuentes de radiacion electromagnetica excitadas por particulas beta." IAEA.
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title = {Beta-Excited Sources of Electromagnetic Radiation; Sources de rayonnements electromagnetiques excites par des particules beta; Vozbuzhdennye beta-chastitsami istochniki ehlektromagnitnogo izlucheniya; Fuentes de radiacion electromagnetica excitadas por particulas beta}
author = {Cameron, J F, and Rhodes, J R}
abstractNote = {Beta-excited sources of electromagnetic radiation covering the energy region 1-200 keV and suitable for industrial use are described. H{sup 3}, Pm{sup 147}, Kr{sup 85}, Tl{sup 204} and (Sr+Y){sup 90} were chosen as sources of beta particles by the criteria of long half-life, low price, ready availability and high specific activity. The {beta}-excited sources have been designed on the basis of a compromise between practical source construction and the best theoretical efficiency in a given energy region. In their paper, the authors calculate the number of photons produced per beta particle and consider how the results must be corrected for self-absorption of the X-rays. In the calculations account is taken of both bremsstrahlung and characteristic {alpha}-radiation; optimum characteristic X-ray yield is achieved for targets with an atomic number between 40 and 60. ''Sandwich'' targets of 1-2 beta half-value thicknesses are found to give maximum photon-yields in the desired energy region. Al, Ag and Au are suitable from the manufacturing point of view as source coverings. They were also found to give satisfactory bremsstrahlung and X-ray yields and distribution for various energy regions in the range 1-200 keV when correctly combined with the above-mentioned D-emitters. Some energy spectra are given and absorption curves in Al and Fe are shown for the best source-target combinations. The difference between sources constructed of {beta}-emitters sandwiched between target foils and intimate source-target mixtures was found to be small. Tables are given as a guide to the best source to be used for a particular absorber thickness range. (author) [French] Les auteurs decrivent des sources de rayonnements electromagnetiques excites par des particules beta, couvrant une gamme d'energies allant de 1 a 200 keV et convenant aux usages industriels. Comme sources de particules beta on a choisi le tritium, le {sup 147}Pm, le {sup 85}Kr, le {sup 204}Tl et le {sup 90}(Sr+Y), en raison de leur longue periode, de leur bas prix, de leur facilite d'obtention et de leur activite specifique elevee. Pour la mise au point des sources excitees par les particules beta, on s'est efforce de realiser un compromis entre les exigences pratiques de la construction et celles du meilleur rendement theorique dans une zone energetique donnee. Dans le memoire presente, les auteurs explicitent par calcul le nombre de photons produits par particule beta et envisagent les corrections a apporter a ces calculs pour l'autoabsorption du rayonnement X produit. Ces calculs tiennent compte a la fois du rayonnement de freinage et du rayonnement caracteristique de {alpha}, l'emission maximum en rayonnement caracteristique se faisant pour des cibles de Z compris entre 40 et 60. Enfin ils constatent que dans la zone energetique souhaitee, on obtient le meilleur rendement en emission photonique avec des cibles dont l'epaisseurmoitie correspond a 1 ou 2 parcours beta. Du point de vue de la fabrication, l'aluminium, l'argent et l'or conviennent pour le gainage des sources. On a aussi constate que ces metaux donnaient des resultats satisfaisants en ce qui concerne l'emission et la distribution du rayonnement de freinage et des rayons X pour diverses zones energetiques dans la gamme de 1 a 200 keV, lorsqu'on les combinait correctement avec les emetteurs beta susmentionnes. Les auteurs donnent plusieurs spectres d'energie, ainsi que certaines courbes d'absorption dans l'aluminium et le fer pour les meilleures combinaisons source-cible. Ils ont constate qu'il n'y avait que peu de difference entre les sources constituees par des emetteurs beta inseres entre les feuilles de la cible et celles qui sont intimement melangees a la cible. Le memoire contient des tableaux destines a servir de guide pour determiner la meilleure source a utiliser pour un absorbeur d'une gamme d'epaisseur determinee. (author) [Spanish] En este trabajo los autores describen fuentes de radiaciones electromagneticas excitadas por particulas beta que abarcan el intervalo energetico de 1 a 200 keV y que resultan adecuadas para su uso en la industria. Como fuentes de particulas beta eligieron los isotopos {sup 3}H, {sup 147}Pm, {sup 85}Kr, {sup 204}Tl y {sup 90}Sr+{sup 90}Y, en razon de su largo periodo, reducido precio, facilidad de obtencion y elevada actividad especifica. En el diseno de las fuentes excitadas por particulas beta han procurado conciliar las exigencias practicas de la fabricacion con la necesidad de obtener un rendimiento teorico elevado en cierto intervalo energetico. En su memoria, los autores calculan el numero de fotones producido por particula beta y describen las correcciones que la autoabsorcion de los rayos X obliga a introducir en esos calculos, en que se tiene en cuenta a la vez la ''Bremsstrahlung'' y la radiacion a caracteristica; la emision maxima de radiaciones caracteristicas se observa en los blancos cuyo numero atomico este comprendido entre 40 y 60. Los autores comprueban que en el intervalo energetico de interes el mejor rendimiento fotonieo se obtiene con blancos ''sandwich'' cuyo semiespesor corresponde a 1 o 2 alcances beta. Desde el punto de vista de la fabricacion, el aluminio, la plata y el oro resultan, adecuados para el revestimiento de las fuentes. Se ha comprobado que esos metales proporcionan tambien resultados satisfactorios en lo relativo a la emision y distribucion de la ''Bremsstrahlung'' y de los rayos X para distintas gamas de energia en el intervalo de 1 a 200 keV, siempre que se combinen de forma adecuada con los emisores beta mencionados. Los autores proporcionan algunos espectros energeticos y curvas de absorcion en aluminio y en hierro correspondientes a las combinaciones fuente- blanco mas adecuadas. Han comprobado que la diferencia de comportamiento entre las fuentes constituidas por emisores beta intercalados entre laminas blanco y las mezclas intimas de fuente y blanco es pequena. A titulo de orientacion, los autores incluyen cuadros que permiten escoger la fuente optima para absorbentes de distintos espesores. (author) [Russian] Avtory dayut opisanie vozbuzhdennykh beta-chastitsami istochnikov ehlektromagnitnogo izlucheniya v ehnergeticheskom rajone ot 1 do 200 kehv i prigodnykh dlya promyshlennogo ispol'zovaniya. V kachestve istochnikov beta-chastits byli vzyaty tritij, prometij-147, kripton-85, tallij-204 i strontsij-90+ ittrij-90, poskol'ku oni imeyut prodolzhitel'nyj period poluraspada, nebol'shuyu stoimost', vysokuyu udel'nuyu aktivnost' i legkost' ikh polucheniya. Dlya izgotovleniya vozbuzhdennykh beta-chastitsami istochnikov staralis' dostignut' kompromissa mezhdu prakticheskimi trebovaniyami konstruktsii i nailuchshej teoreticheskoj ehffektivnost'yu v dannoj ehnergeticheskoj zone. V dannoj annotatsii avtory raz{sup y}asnyayut putem podscheta kolichestva protonov, izluchaemykh beta-chastitsami, i predusmatrivayut vnesenie izmenenij v ehti podschety dlya samoabsorbtsii rentgenovskogo izlucheniya. EHti podschety uchityvayut v to zhe samoe vremya tormoznoe izluchenie i kharakteristicheskie flyuorestsentnye luchi, maksimal'nyj vykhod kharakteristicheskikh luchej, dostigaemyj dlya mishenej Z ot 40 do 60. Nakonets, oni utverzhdayut, chto v zhelaemoj ehnergeticheskoj zone poluchayut kak luchshij vykhod fotonnogo izlucheniya so ''sloenymi'' mishenyami, sloj polovinnogo oslableniya kotorogo sootvetstvuet dline probega 1-2 beta. Alyuminij, serebro i zoloto s proizvodstvennoj tochki zreniya yavlyayutsya podkhodyashchimi ehlementami dlya pokrytiya istochnikov. Oni takzhe dayut udovletvoritel'nye vykhody tormoznogo izlucheniya i rentgenovskogo izlucheniya i raspredelenie po razlichnym ehnergeticheskim zonam v radiuse ot 0 do 200 kehv pri pravil'nom ob{sup e}dinenii s vysheukazannymi beta-izluchatelyami. Dayutsya nekotorye ehnergeticheskie spektry i privodyatsya krivye pogloshcheniya v alyuminii i zheleze dlya nailuchshikh kombinatsij istochnikov mishenej. Byla obnaruzhena neznachitel'naya raznitsa mezhdu istochnikami, sdelannymi iz beta-izluchatelej i ulozhennymi mezhdu fol'goj misheni, i tesno smeshannymi istochnikami - mishenyami. Privodyatsya tablitsy v kachestve rukovodstva po vyboru nailuchshego istochnika dlya ispol'zovaniya ego v radiuse opredelennoj tolshchiny pogloshcheniya. (author)}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1962}
month = {Jan}
}