[ RadSafe ] Can tritium produce bremsstrahlung?

John R Johnson idias at interchange.ubc.ca
Tue Feb 21 15:45:57 CST 2006

Dr Stieglitz

Internal Bremsstrahlung is produced in all beta decays. The energy is
continuous from the maximum beta to zero.

For more information look in the special 1993 issue of the Health Physics
Journal. It should be in Mike Wood et al's paper or Robin Hill and mine
Health Physics, Vol. 65/6 (1993) pp 628-647)

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Sent: February 21, 2006 11:04 AM
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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Can tritium produce bremsstrahlung?

Could someone please tell me if a beta pancake is able to detect tritium in
any amounts?  I have heard from reputable sources that it can.  Obviously
the beta is too weak to be detected so as I understand it, the only way
would be to detect the bremsstrahlung radiation.  Is tritium energetic
enough to produce bremsstrahlung?  Can anyone tell me how much would be
needed?  I apologize if this is a stupid question but nobody has totally
answered the question to my satisfaction.

J. Stieglitz
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