Lasers is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated emission of Radiation. Lasers emit light on the electromagnetic spectrum that can be very useful but also hazardous if not controlled properly. Lasers are referenced as specific devices having the properties listed below from wavelengths of 180nm-1mm (ANSI Z136.1).
Lasers emit light that is;
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Having the appropriate radiation shielding when working with radioactive material can greatly decrease the potential for exposures. It is also important to understand that certain shielding material should not be used for other radiations.
Examples of improper use include:
Natural radiation sources include cosmic rays from space, cosmogenic radionuclides, and primordial radionuclides and their progeny. Some of these radionuclides are found in the food we eat, air we breathe, and even in our own bodies. We have limited practical options for avoiding exposure to many of these natural radiation sources.
Man-made radiation sources (of which we can help control) include; diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy machines, sources used for nuclear medicine, sources used for radiography and well logging, nuclear power plants, particle accelerators, consumer products, and laser cutters and welders.
Not all radiation detectors can be treated as equal. The most important aspect of any detector is understanding its capabilities and limitations. Although we can help you choose the correct detector for your needs, following the information presented here can also be helpful.
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Presented here is a simple list of popular isotopes (referred to as CHIPS) and their properties .