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Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis is written by experts in the measurement of radioactivity. The book describes the broad scope of analytical methods available and instructs the reader on how to select the proper technique. It is intended as a practical manual for research which requires the accurate measurement of radioactivity at all levels, from the low levels encountered in the environment to the high levels measured in radioisotope research. This book contains sample preparation procedures, recommendations on steps to follow, necessary calculations, computer controlled analysis, and high sample throughput techniques. Each chapter includes practical techniques for application to nuclear safety, nuclear safeguards, environmental analysis, weapons disarmament, and assays required for research in biomedicine and agriculture. The fundamentals of radioactivity properties, radionuclide decay, and methods of detection are included to provide the basis for a thorough understanding of the analytical procedures described in the book. Therefore, the Handbook can also be used as a teaching text.
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This authoritative handbook provides the reader with the principles, practical techniques, and procedures for the accurate measurement of radioactivity from the very low levels encountered in the environment to higher levels measured in radioisotope research, radionuclide standardization, clinical laboratories, nuclear medicine, nuclear power, fuel cycle facilities, and the implementation of nuclear safeguards. The book describes the preparation of samples from a wide variety of matrices, assists the investigator or technician in the selection and use of the appropriate radiation detector, and presents the latest state-of-the-art computerized and automated methods of analysis. Fundamentals of radioactivity properties, radionuclide decay, and methods of detection provide the basis for a thorough understanding of the analytical procedures. Therefore, Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis is also suitable as a teaching text for university and professional training courses.
*Includes sample preparation techniques for matrices such as soil, air, plant, water, animal tissue, and surface swipes
*Provides procedures and guidelines for the analysis of commonly encountered natural and man-made environmental radionuclides
*Covers high-sample-throughput microplate techniques and multi-detector scintillation proximity assay methods
*Describes the time-saving techniques of computer protocol-controlled automatic activity analysis
*Discusses absolute activity measurement methods for meeting scientific reporting requirements
*Presents the latest methods of rapid electronic radionuclide imaging
*Written by experts in the measurement of radioactivity
Michael F. L'Annunziata appears in "Who's Who in the World 1995" and American Men and Women of Science, 1995-1996. He received an Honorary Teaching Degree from Central University of Ecuador in 1978. He was a member of the Board of Governors at Uppsala University, International Science Programs between 1988 and 1991. L'Annunziata was also an Honorary Professor at Zhejiang University in Hanghou, People's Republic of China in 1992.
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