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Compton Scattering

Compton scattering is the inelastic scattering of a photon by a quasi-free charged particle, usually an electron. It results in a decrease in energy (increase in wavelength) of the photon (which may be an X-ray or gamma ray photon), called the Compton effect. Part of the energy of the photon is transferred to the recoiling electron.

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Thorium Gamma Spectrometry

Thorium is a chemical element with symbol Th and atomic number 90. A radioactive actinide metal, thorium is one of only three radioactive elements that still occurs in quantity in nature as a primordial element (the other two being bismuth and uranium).

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Uranium Gamma Spectrometry

Uranium is a chemical element with symbol U and atomic number 92. It is a silvery-white metal in the actinide series of the periodic table. A uranium atom has 92 protons and 92 electrons, of which 6 are valence electrons. Uranium is weakly radioactive because all its isotopes are unstable (with half-lives of the 6 naturally known isotopes, uranium-233 to uranium-238, varying between 69 years and 4.5 billion years).

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DIY Gamma Spectrometry

Gamma-ray spectroscopy is the quantitative study of the energy spectra of gamma-ray sources, in such as the nuclear industry, geochemical investigation, and astrophysics. Most radioactive sources produce gamma rays, which are of various energies and intensities. When these emissions are detected and analyzed with a spectroscopy system, a gamma-ray energy spectrum can be produced.

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Cosmic Ray Muons & Muon Lifetime

The aim of this project is to detect the muon decay events and to measure the muon mean lifetime. For this purpose we will use the scintillation detector described in the following post : Scintillation Detector for Cosmic Muons.

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Cosmic Rays and Coincidence Detector

Cosmic rays are energetic particles coming from outer space. The Earth and any other spatial body, as well as satellites and astronauts in orbit, are exposed to cosmic rays. The cosmic rays nature is very diverse (the kinetic energy of the particles of cosmic rays is distributed over fourteen orders …

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Fluorimetry of Edible Oils

Food oils (olive oil, seed oil) have interesting optical properties (absorption, fluorescence) due to the content of optically active compounds, such as chlorophyll, beta-carotene and others. These properties can be used to recognize and characterize the various types of oil.

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