THE BENEFICIAL USES OF RADIATION EFFECTS.
BATTELLE MEMORIAL INST COLUMBUS OHIO RADIATION EFFECTS INFORMATION CENTER
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The report presents information relative to the beneficial uses of radiation effects. Although many studies of radiation effects have been conducted, most of the results reported discuss how the device tested was damaged or degraded by the radiation exposure. The previous literature has implied that the radiation environment is malignant. This report is written under the concept that any environment will cause changes to occur in a device, material, or structure, and that the changes seen when the environment contains significant amounts of the radiation energies are beneficial or malignant depending only on the preconceived objectives of the observer. The report summarizes beneficial uses of the penetrating abilities of the radiation energies, the use of radiation energies to provide illumination, the exploitation of these energies as a source of useful power, and the use of the radiation energies to change materials and thus make new or improved products. Author