Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis

Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis

Volume 1: Radiation Physics and Detectors

4th Edition - March 3, 2020

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  • Editor: Michael L'Annunziata
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128143988
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128143971

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Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis: Radiation Physics and Detectors, Volume One, and Radioanalytical Applications, Volume Two, Fourth Edition, is an authoritative reference on the principles, practical techniques and procedures for the accurate measurement of radioactivity - everything 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. It includes sample preparation techniques for all types of matrices found in the environment, including soil, water, air, plant matter and animal tissue, and surface swipes.Users will find a detailed discussion of our current understanding of the atomic nucleus, nuclear stability and decay, nuclear radiation, and the interaction of radiation with matter relating to the best methods for radionuclide detection and measurement.

Key Features

  • Spans two volumes, Radiation Physics and Detectors and Radioanalytical Applications
  • Includes a much-expanded treatment of calculations required in the measurement of radionuclide decay, energy of decay, nuclear reactions, radiation attenuation, nuclear recoil, cosmic radiation, and synchrotron radiation
  • Includes the latest advances in liquid and solid scintillation analysis, alpha- and gamma spectrometry, mass spectrometric analysis, gas ionization and nuclear track analysis, and neutron detection and measurement
  • Covers high-sample-throughput microplate techniques and multi-detector assay methods


Students and laboratory researchers in the fields of nuclear chemistry, nuclear physics, radioecology, nuclear power, nuclear safeguards and forensics, synchrotron radiation, radiation protection, nuclear medicine

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Atomic Nucleus, Nuclear Radiation and the Interaction of Radiation with Matter
    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. Radioisotope Mass Spectrometry
    9. Solid Scintillation Analysis

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1108
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: March 3, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128143988
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128143971

About the Editor

Michael L'Annunziata

Michael L'Annunziata
Michael F. L'Annunziata earned his PhD degree in 1970 at the University of Arizona. His thesis research in the 1960s under contract with the then-US Atomic Energy Commission dealt with the analysis of radionuclides and chemical remediation of the environment in the event of fission product fallout from nuclear war. 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 and lecturer for the IAEA on peaceful applications of nuclear energy for development in over 40 countries of the world from 1976-2007 and currently a private consultant in radioactivity analysis. Michael is the recipient of the 2022 Arthur Holly Compton Award in Education granted by the American Nuclear Society.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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