Explaining the nuclear units ?

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HowardE
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Explaining the nuclear units ?

Post by HowardE » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:49 pm

I read and hear all these units thrown around and though I've tried to read up on them, I still get confused. In particular I keep hearing about sieverts and beqerels, and once in a while I read about greys. (In my readings, I also saw that they used to use rems, but I don't care about those, since they are not used any more). Getting back to the units used now, can someone direct me to a good source of simple explanations about these? Or, can someone explain them in terms that a simple minded person like me can really understand it?

It would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Explaining the nuclear units ?

Post by Helen22 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:02 am

Any descent book on radiation or health physics would have that information. Also, you may want to take a look at the document posted a while ago here,

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=138

Which explains some of these concepts and units in simple terms.
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler" - A. Einstein

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Re: Explaining the nuclear units ?

Post by Fedya Rovic » Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:42 am

HowardE wrote:I read and hear all these units thrown around and though I've tried to read up on them, I still get confused. In particular I keep hearing about sieverts and beqerels, and once in a while I read about greys. (In my readings, I also saw that they used to use rems, but I don't care about those, since they are not used any more). Getting back to the units used now, can someone direct me to a good source of simple explanations about these? Or, can someone explain them in terms that a simple minded person like me can really understand it?

It would be greatly appreciated.
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