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Can lead shielding block beta particles?

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soothsayer
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Feb24-14, 05:50 PM
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I know lead is a great shield against gamma particles due to its extraordinary density, but I wonder if it can also block beta particles, or is it transparent to them due to being electrically conductive? Thanks ahead of time for your responses!
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Bill_K
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Feb24-14, 05:57 PM
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_p...h_other_matter

"Most beta particles can be stopped by a few millimeters of aluminium."
ChrisVer
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Feb24-14, 06:10 PM
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electrically conductive doesn't exactly mean that it allows the flow of charge within.... the contrary... the charge will have to be spread around its surface....

soothsayer
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Feb24-14, 06:13 PM
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Can lead shielding block beta particles?

Thanks guys. Big help.


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