Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis

Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis, 3rd Edition

Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis, 3rd Edition,Michael L'Annunziata,ISBN9780123848734

M L'Annunziata   

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Updated and expanded, this new edition of the proven, authoritative text provides the principles, practical techniques, and procedures for accurately measuring radioactivity.

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  • The only comprehensive reference that describes the principles of detection and practical applications of every type of radioactivity detector currently used. The new 3e is broader in scope, with revised and expanded chapters, new authors, and seven new chapters on Alpha Spectrometry, Radionuclide Standardization, Radioactive Aerosol Measurements, Environmental Radioactivity Monitoring, Marine Radioactivity Analysis, Nuclear Forensic Analysis and Analytical Techniques in Nuclear Safeguards
  • Discusses in detail the principles, theory and practice applied to all types of radiation detection and measurement, making it useful for both teaching and research


The updated and much expanded 3e of the Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis is an authoritative reference providing 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, and fuel cycle facilities and in the implementation of nuclear forensic analysis and nuclear safeguards. The book describes the basic principles of radiation detection and measurement and the preparation of samples from a wide variety of matrices, assists the investigator or technician in the selection and use of appropriate radiation detectors, and presents state-of-the-art methods of analysis. Fundamentals of radiation properties, radionuclide decay, the calculations involved, and methods of detection provide the basis for a thorough understanding of the analytical procedures. The Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis, 3e, is suitable as a teaching text for university and professional training courses.


University students and laboratory researchers in the chemical and biological sciences. Scientists in research institutions in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and biological sciences. Nuclear power plants. Departments of Health Physics. Environment and waste management organzations. Atomic energy organizations.

Michael L'Annunziata

Michael F. L’Annunziata earned his undergraduate B.Sc. degree in Chemistry in 1965 from St. Edward’s University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in 1967 and 1970 at the University of Arizona. His graduate thesis research in the 1960s was carried out under a research contract with the then U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (U.S. AEC). The research work dealt with the analysis of radionuclides and chemical remediation of the environment in the event of possible nuclear war and fission product fallout. His main research interests have been focused on the development of chemical and instrumental methods for the detection and measurement of radioactive nuclides and the utilization of radionuclides as tracers in biological research. L’Annunziata was formerly Head of Fellowships and Training at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria; and he has served as a representative for the IAEA in fact-finding, planning, and implementation assignments on peaceful applications of nuclear energy for development in over 50 countries of the world from 1976 to 2007. He is the author and editor of several books including “Radionuclide Tracers, Their Detection and Measurement” published in 1987 and the “Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis” now in its third edition published in 2012. His more lengthy biography has been included in the annual editions of “Who’s Who in the World” from 1987 to 2016.

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The Montague Group, Oceanside, CA, USA

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Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis, 3rd Edition

1. Radiation Physics and Radioisotope Decay. 2. Gas Ionization Detectors. 3. Solid State Nuclear Track Detectors. 4. Semiconductor Detectors. 5. Alpha Spectrometry. 6. Liquid Scintillation Analysis: Principles and Practice. 7. Sample Preparation Techniques for Liquid Scintillation Analysis. 8. Environmental Liquid Scintillation Analysis. 9. Radioactivity Counting Statistics. 0. Environmental Radioactivity Monitoring. 11. Radioactive Aerosol Analysis. 12. Marine Radioactivity Analysis. 3. Inorganic Mass Spectrometry of Radionuclides. 4. Radionuclide Standardization. 5. Cherenkov Counting. 6. Solid Scintillation Analysis. 17. Flow Scintillation Analysis. 18. Automated Radiochemical Separation, Analysis and Sensing. 19. High Resolution Beta Imaging for Quantitative Autoradiography. 20. Analytical Techniques in Nuclear Safeguards. 21. Nuclear Forensic Analysis. Appendix. Index

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"Each chapter concludes with an extensive list of references to the primary literature. The book is completed with a table of radioactive isotopes, an appendix of particle range-energy correlations and an extensive index…this will be an important reference work for those chemists carrying out analysis within a nuclear context…"--Synthesis 44 (2102)


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