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 appears in the annual editions of Who’s Who in the World from 1987 to 2012, Who’s Who in America from 2000 to 2012, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering in 2000 to 2001. He received a doctorate degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson in 1970; and an Honorary Teaching Degree from the Central University of Ecuador in 1978. L’Annunziata was a member of the Board of Governors at Uppsala University, International Science Programs between 1988 and 1991. He was Head of Fellowships and Training at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria from 1987 to 1991 and has served as IAEA Expert to over 50 countries of the world. Michael F. L’Annunziata was also Honorary Professor at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China in 1992. He has authored several books among which his most recent book “Radioactivity: Introduction and History” (ISBN: 978-0-444-52715-8) published by Elsevier in 2007 was on the Library Journal’s Academic Best Sellers List in Physics.

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The Montague Group, Oceanside, California, 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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