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Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780124366039, 9780080495057

Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis

2nd Edition

Author: Michael L'Annunziata
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124366039
eBook ISBN: 9780080495057
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 27th August 2003
Page Count: 1326
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Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis 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. The new Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis is suitable as a teaching text for university and professional training courses. Of interest to those working in a wide spectrum of disciplines, including: scientists, engineers, physicians, and technicians involved with the preparation, utilization, or disposal of radioactive materials and the measurement of radioactivity in the environment.

Key Features

  • New, expanded and updated edition with three additional chapters
  • Provides modern procedures and guidelines for the analysis of natural and man-made environmental radionuclides
  • Includes up-to-date detailed sample preparation techniques for soil, air, plant, water, biological tissue, filter material, gels, surface swipes, etc.
  • Provides practical information for radioactivity monitoring, spectrometric analysis, and radiation dosimetry
  • Covers state-of-the-art high sample throughput microplate analysis techniques and multi-detector scintillation proximity analysis
  • Presents the latest methods of rapid electronic radionuclide imaging
  • Written by twenty-five experts from eight countries. Over 2,000 literature references


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

Table of Contents

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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About the Author

Michael L'Annunziata

Michael L'Annunziata

Michael F. L'Annunziata earned his undergraduate BSc degree in Chemistry in 1965 from St. Edward's University and MSc and PhD degrees in 1967 and 1970, respectively, at the University of Arizona. His graduate thesis research in the 1960s was carried out under a research contract with the then US Atomic Energy Commission (US 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 Radioactivity; Introduction and History, From the Quantum to Quarks published by Elsevier in 2016, which received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 PROSE Awards and the “Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis” now in its fourth edition.

Affiliations and Expertise

Former Head, IAEA Fellowships and Training, Vienna, Austria; Current office: Oceanside, CA, USA


"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. I’m 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)

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