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Radiation Detection and Measurement [Hardcover]

Glenn F. Knoll
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August 16, 2010 0470131489 978-0470131480 4
This is the resource that engineers turn to in the study of radiation detection. The fourth edition takes into account the technical developments that continue to enhance the instruments and techniques available for the detection and spectroscopy of ionizing radiation. New coverage is presented on ROC curves, micropattern gas detectors, new sensors for scintillation light, and the excess noise factor. Revised discussions are also included on TLDs and cryogenic spectrometers, radiation backgrounds, and the VME standard. Engineers will gain a strong understanding of the field with this updated book.

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A new edition of the most comprehensive text/reference available on the methods and instrumentation used in the detection of ionizing radiation. Updated to reflect advances since the first edition came out in 1979. Retains the general organization of the first edition--all topics of importance are covered in sufficient detail to lead the reader from basic principles to examples of modern applications. Covers modern engineering practice; provides useful design information; and contains an up-to-date and thorough review of the literature. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 860 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470131489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470131480
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 8.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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This Tome contains so much useful information on the art and science of radiation detection that I hardly can believe I got along without it. Don't let the steep price discourage you. This book is a must-have for any high energy experimental physics graduate student or even undergraduate. It fills many of the gaps between traditional course books and real-world experience and has a series of encyclopedic bibliographies to boot
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars John Wiley & Sons, Inc sank the rating October 27, 2009
A great book but with many, many, and not all corrected in the extensive, yet not definitive, errata list. Make sure you contact the editor for it. I mean, a table of content with page references that don't match, whole chunk of text missing at the very beginning of chapter 14, and then missing words (easy to spot, they left a blank! And I have not read it from cover to cover yet as this turned me off, so who knows what else got missed. And if you are a student, wait until you try to use a formula that has not been printed correctly. Great author, great text, lousy editing and printing. Maybe wait for the fourth edition?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive guide to radiation detection September 10, 2010
Quite simply, this book is indispensable for nuclear engineers, health physicists, plasma and high energy physicists, and anyone else that works with ionizing radiation detectors on a regular basis.

I have taught a lab course for junior undergraduate and beginning graduate students at a university using the 3rd edition of this book, and found its explanations comprehensive and technically sound. When students didn't understand the concepts presented in class, I found later that more often than not they hadn't read the book thoroughly or attempted the end-of-chapter problems. If I get the opportunity to teach a similar class, I look forward to using the 4th edition.

The book has also been a handy resource for my research, mostly chapter 3, which explains counting statistics in a succinct, understandable way that pure mathematics textbooks typically lack.

The 4th edition fixes a lot of the errata from the 3rd edition, but otherwise is largely unchanged. That's not a bad thing, as the 3rd edition was still excellent. There is some new and updated material as well.

I bought the 3rd edition used and later wished I hadn't, as I got a lot of use out of the book and it became damaged rather easily. I got the 4th edition new, and I expect it to be on my shelf for decades to come.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of the field. August 7, 2002
This book is a must for anyone working in the field of
radiation detection, and contains a clear, readable description
of the working principles of quite a lot of detector types.
The weaker point is the description of the associated front
end (analogue) electronics that goes with those detectors: it
is a bit concise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference September 5, 2012
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An excellent reference text for radiation detection. I've only used it as a reference to gain more details about specific detectors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and excellent May 27, 2012
Knoll's 4th edition is exceedingly good, both comprehensive and very readable. This text provides details and tables in sources, detectors, and methods. It is essential for anyone doing radiation detection for medicine, nuclear physics, even high energy physics.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This is an excellent text and considered the prime source for an detailed overview of it's field.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars informative and unhelpful April 29, 2012
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This book contains a vast explanation of almost all the principles of radiation detection and measurement, but in any sense of application this book fails horribly.
This is a terrible book to try to learn the info from because it offers no example questions. (With answers) The questions it does ask reference values and constants that you must find in other books or online and the methods required to solve most problems are extremely vague or missing entirely. Occasionally you'll come across a question for which the answer is pulled straight from the text, (most non-numeric answers) but otherwise you are left questioning the books purpose other than being a large and expensive, conceptually based, tome of inapplicability.

Maybe if there was an answer guide or key, it would slide towards being helpful in learning the info through methods other than pure memorization. Hint, hint, Dr. Knoll.
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