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Anderson D.W. Absorption of Ionizing Radiation

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Anderson D.W. Absorption of Ionizing Radiation
University Park Press, Baltimore, USA, 1984. - 428 p.
Absorption of ionizing radiation is a fundamental subject in radiation research. Here are two classes of problems. One class concerns the fate of radiation after its interactions with matter, e.g., attenuation, angular deflection, and energy loss of charged particles; problems of this class are simpler in principle and are better understood in general. The other class concerns the fate of matter after its interactions with radiation: excitation, ionization, and dissociation of molecules, followed by a chain of chemical reactions, and eventually, biological changes and damages;problems of this class are intrinsically far more complicated and remain challenging.
The book treats both classes of problems with an adequate balance. It is addressedt o graduate or upper-level undergraduate students interested in radiation physics and biophysics, radiation chemistry, medical physics, health physics, and nuclear engineering. The author begins by introducing basic concepts and terms (Chapter1 ), discusses energy-loss processes (Chapters 2, 3), and goes on to the fundamentals of dosimetry (Chapters 4, 5), all for charged particles. Then he treats the absorption of photons and neutrons (Chapters 6-9) and leads the reader to the dosimetry of these neutral beams. The rest of the book is devoted to the second class of problems such as ionization and excitation in gases (Chapter 11) and excitation and deexcitation processes in crystalline solids (Chapter 12), as well as in liquids (Chapter 13). The book closes with a remarkably compact discussion (Chapter 14) about those aspects of radiation biology closely connected to physics, e.g., target theory and microdosimetry.
This is a valuable book, with an excellent selection of materials. Most of the important terms and definitions used in the field are mentioned so that the reader can easily get acquainted with the language of the current literature. Each chapter in the book is headed by its table of contents and has its own introduction, where the purpose of the chapter is clearly explained. Each chapter is followed by a number of well-chosen problems, and many appendixes give tables of important quantities. The coverage of the topics is on the whole quite adequate and readable.
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