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Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis

Handbook / Manual

By: M L'Annunziata

900 pages, 25.4cm 900 Cloth

Academic Press

Hardback | Dec 2003 | #143131 | ISBN: 0124366031
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The book describes the preparation of samples from a wide variety of matrices, assists the investigator or technician in the selection and use of appropriate radiation detector, and presents the latest state-of-the-art computerized and automated methods of analysis. Fundamentals of radioactivity properties, radionuclide decay, calculations involved, and methods of detection provide the basis for a thorough understanding of the analytical procedures. Therefore, the new "Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis" is also suitable as a teaching text for university and professional training courses. This new much expanded and updated edition comes with three additional chapters. It provides modern procedures and guidelines for the analysis of natural and man-made environmental radionuclides. It includes up-to-date detailed sample preparation techniques for soil, air, plant, water, biological tissue, filter material, gels, and surface swipes, etc. It describes much practical information for radioactivity monitoring, spectrometric analysis, and radiation dosimetry. It covers state-of-the-art high sample throughput microplate analysis techniques and multi-detector scintillation proximity analysis. It presents the latest methods of rapid electronic radionuclide imaging. It is written by twenty-five experts from eight countries. There are over 2,000 cited works from the journal references. Why this title? This updated and much expanded Second Edition is a proven authoritative handbook providing 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, clinical laboratories, biological sciences, radionuclide standardization, nuclear medicine, nuclear power, fuel cycle facilities, and the implementation of nuclear safeguards.

This new edition of L'Annunziata's book, which has much greater breadth than the third edition of Knoll's book (2000), has been updated since the 1998 edition to provide comprehensive reference information in nuclear science and to accurately reflect recent work. This book should be a part of every comprehensive science reference collection. Summing Up: Highly Recommended. Graduate students through professionals. CHOICE, March (2004) "Overall, this is an excellent reference text, essential for anyone doing radioactivity analysis. There is an amazing amount of detail. At 1273 pages total, a very formidable book. Certainly a first place to look for information on radioactivity analysis. I expect radioecologists and many other specialists who use radionuclides will find chapters of use." JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RADIOACTIVITY 72 (2004) "Overall, this is a well-produced book covering many aspects of the measurement of radioactive materials in a comprehensive, but easily understandable and well-referenced format. This is a valuable work that provides both a comprehensive textbook for those entering the field of radioactivity, and a reference book for more experienced practitioners." APPLIED RADIATION AND ISOTOPES 60 (2004) "The articles (chapters) are very up-to-date, and nearly all of them cover the literature up to 2002, in some cases up to 2003. It contains a systematic description of the principles underlying the methods available for radioactivity measurements, with over 2000 literature references that indicate with which radionuclides, in which substrates, and under what conditions a particular method can be used, and how well it has performed in those applications. This standard work should be available in every laboratory where radioactivity measurements are carried out on a scientific basis." ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE INTERNATIONAL EDITION 42 (2004) "Many books about measurements of radioactivity in the fields of study and application are published in various forms such as textbooks, manuals, proceedings and so on. However, nothing but this Handbook, which describes radiation measuring devices of every type now in use and their application in detail, are found anywhere, this Handbook deserves recommendation to the readers..." ISOPTOPE NEWS (JAPAN), JANUARY, No. 579 (2004) "Overall, this is a well presented and well illustrated volume, representing a comprehensive treatise on radiometric analysis. This book will act as a valuable reference work for students and practitioners in a wide range of disciplines." THE ALCHEMIST, MARCH 2004 "Overall, the Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis is a useful reference for those involved in the analysis of radionuclides in environmental samples, bioassay, or other applications. Im glad I have it on my shelf. I think the handbook would be a great place to start for anyone who has radioanalytical questions. I recommend this volume to those involved in radioactivity analysis, especially those who are interested in expanding their horizons..." HEALTH PHYSICS 86 (2004) "This Handbook provides researchers with an up-to-date tool to place them into the forefront of the determination of radioactivity, a valuable textbook for teachers and students of universities and specific courses. Overall, the Handbook will serve to have ever lasting value for both novice and expert..." JOURNAL OF RADIOANALYTICAL AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY, 260 (2004)


Introduction: Nuclear Radiation, Its Interaction with Matter and Radioisotope Decay. Gas Ionization Detectors. Solid State Nuclear Track Detectors. Semiconductor Detectors. Liquid Scintillation Analysis: Principles and Practice. Environmental Liquid Scintillation Analysis. Radioactivity Counting Statistics. Sample Preparation Techniques for Liquid Scintillation Analysis. Cherenkov Counting. Radioisotope Mass Spectrometry. Solid Scintillation Analysis. Flow Scintillation Analysis. Radionuclide Imaging. Automated Radiochemical Separation, Analysis, and Sensing. Radiation Dosimetry.

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Michael F. L'Annunziata appears in "Who's Who in the World 1995" and American Men and Women of Science, 19951996. 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, Peoples Republic of China in 1992.

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