A plastic radiation detector
Say goodbye to Geiger counter needles going crazy near a radioactive source!
The Japanese company Teijin Chemicals Limited, Teijin, has come up with a way of producing low-cost radiation detectors using a plastic material that shines blue when it comes in contact with radioactive objects. Teijin plans to market Scintirex, the name for this new polyester resin material, from this month onwards. Research institutes, universities and companies that buy it for use in developing radiation detectors and medical devices, will be able to slash their production costs by more than 90%.
A big use for the detectors will be in sensitive areas like nuclear power plants, nuclear fuel processing plants and facilities where X-rays are used, in hospitals for instance.
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