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Offline Rennhack

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Alpha particle
« on: Nov 23, 2005, 12:27 »
A positively charged particle ejected spontaneously from the nuclei of some radioactive elements. It is identical to a helium nucleus that has a mass number of 4 and an electrostatic charge of +2. It has low penetrating power and a short range (a few centimeters in air). The most energetic alpha particle will generally fail to penetrate the dead layers of cells covering the skin and can be easily stopped by a sheet of paper. Alpha particles are hazardous when an alpha-emitting isotope is inside the body.

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Re: Alpha particle
« Reply #1 on: Nov 28, 2005, 08:50 »
a positively charged particle made up of two neutrons and two protons emitted by certain radioactive nuclei.  Alpha particles can be stopped by thin layers of light materials, such as a sheet of paper, and pose no direct or external radiation threat; however, they can pose a serious health threat if ingested or inhaled.

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