Ionisation Chambers

Authored by: Pedro Andreo , Alan Nahum , David Thwaites

Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics

Print publication date:  June  2007
Online publication date:  June  2007

Print ISBN: 9780750308601
eBook ISBN: 9781420012026
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Ionisation is the creation of ion pairs. This results from interactions that transfer energy from the radiation to the atomic system. For energy transfers greater than electron binding energies, electrons are ejected (see Section 1.4.2), leaving behind a positively charged ion. The ability of ionising radiation to ionise a gas was one of its first properties to be observed; and indeed, it is the defining property. The measurement of ionisation in a gas was also the basis for the first radiation detectors.

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