What is Neutron Dosimetry?
Cody Miles | July 4, 2018
While 82 dosimeter that we utilize for gamma, beta, and x-ray radiation exposure does give a neutron signature, we do not report neutron readings from this dosimeter. For neutrons, an 83 badge must be worn.
Neutron dosimeters are only necessary when working with neutron sources, and would not be required when working with nuclear medicine or x-rays.
Moisture or density gauges, containing americium-241, is mixed with beryllium to produce neutrons. It is the thermalization of these neutrons that provides an estimate of moisture or density.
Due to the high kinetic energy of neutrons, this radiation is considered to be the most severe and dangerous type of radiation. It is very important to have the right type of dosimeter when working with neutron radiation.
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