EFFECTS OF IONIZING RADIATIONS ON ENVIRONMENT
Dr. Rana Taj
associate professor, SETH RL SAHARIA COLLEGE
Ionizing radiation is a type of energy released by atoms that travels in the form of electromagnetic waves (gamma or X-rays) or particles (neutrons, beta or alpha). The spontaneous disintegration of atoms is called radioactivity, and the excess energy emitted is a form of ionizing radiation. Unstable elements which disintegrate and emit ionizing radiation are called radionuclides.All radionuclides are uniquely identified by the type of radiation they emit, the energy of the radiation, and their half-life.The activity â€” used as a measure of the amount of a radionuclide present â€” is expressed in a unit called the becquerel (Bq): one becquerel is one disintegration per second. The half-life is the time required for the activity of a radionuclide to decrease by decay to half of its initial value. The half-life of a radioactive element is the time that it takes for one half of its atoms to disintegrate.
Keywords: radiations, ionizing, effects, environment, radioactive, electromagnetic
Journal Name :
EPRA International Journal of Socio-Economic and Environmental Outlook(SEEO)
Published on : 2022-02-18