Answer to Question #1481 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"
Category: Radiation Basics
The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:
What are the half-value layer measurements for steel, paraffin, and aluminium when using a 1.03 mCi sample of 60Co?
Please refer to Ask the Expert Question and Answer 1074 for a Web link to an online reference of absorption coefficients which can be used for calculating half-value layers (HVL) for exposure reduction. Gamma-absorption data for paraffin wax is not listed in anything that I have so I calculated it as solid paraffin wax composed of 2 hydrogen atoms per carbon atom with a density of 0.9 g/cc. (Solid paraffin will have a composition of CnH2n+2 with n > 19 when solid at room temperature.) The results follow:HVL (cm) for 60Co (approximate)
Robert L. Coleman
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