[ RadSafe ] [Non-DoD Source] Fwd: Po-210 particle mobility (UNCLASSIFIED)

Falo, Gerald A CIV USARMY MEDCOM APHC (US) gerald.a.falo.civ at mail.mil
Thu Apr 14 13:59:50 CDT 2016

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Greetings all,

"Aggregate recoil" was one of the commonly used technical terms for this
phenomenon.  Here's a review of the phenomenon, Transport of Radioactive
Material by Alpha Recoil, A.S. Icenhour, May 2005:

The movement of high-specific-activity radioactive particles (i.e., alpha
recoil) has been
observed and studied since the early 1900s. These studies have been
motivated by concerns about
containment of radioactivity and the protection of human health.
Additionally, studies have
investigated the potential advantage of alpha recoil to effect separations
of various isotopes. This
report provides a review of the observations and results of a number of the


Gerald A. Falo, Ph.D., CHP
Army Public Health Center (Provisional) - Health Physics Program
gerald.a.falo.civ at mail.mil
gerald.a.falo.civ at mail.smil.mil
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In general, you'll see creepier behavior with higher E and/or shorter t1/2.
Let me think on't for a good reference.

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From: KARAM, PHILIP <PHILIP.KARAM at nypd.org>
Date: Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 2:02 PM
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Po-210 particle mobility
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<radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu> There is an interesting line in a paper by
Stannard and Casarett from a 1964 paper:
"Finally, the tendency of polonium-210 to "creep" from containers holding
solutions or to become detached from the best-plated and protected
substrates has contributed to many instances of unexpected area
There is no citation accompanying this statement - it seems to have been
considered common knowledge at that time. The paper is:
Stannard JN and Casarett GW. Concluding Comments on Biological Effects of
Alpha-Particle Emitters in Soft Tissue as Exemplified by Experiments with
Polonium 210. Radiation Research Supplement 5,
398-434 (1964).
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[Caution-mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Rees,
Brian G
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2016 1:47 PM
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Po-210 particle mobility Does anyone have any
references for the mobility of Po-210 particles?
I've read Otto Raabe's excellent work on Pu-238 mobility, and when I was
looking into Pu-238 mobility many experienced "old guys" (who now might not
seem so old...) told me that Po-201 was even more mobile, but I never saw
anything in literature.
Brian Rees
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