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Carbon 60 radiation effects

  1. Jul 27, 2010 #1
    What are the known or suggested effects of γ-radiation on carbon 60?
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  4. Jul 28, 2010 #3
    Each gram of Cobalt-60 will contain approximately 50 curies.
  5. Jul 30, 2010 #4
    Your title says "Carbon 60".

    Maybe this is making those with knowledge of Cobalt NOT look at the question of Carbon.
    I thought you might be talking about buckyballs.

  6. Aug 18, 2010 #5
    You're completely correct Neil... I posted out of excitement. But I would like an answer kinda like that, for Carbon as stated in the title.

    How much γ-radiation could Carbon 60 absorb before half-life decay became visible?
    I have seen tests of various radiation absorption on aluminum, tin, and lead, but never of C60 like materials, I know that when it was discovered it was hard to fabricate and very expensive, still is. I was thinking to make a deep space engine out of the material but it would cost nearly 5billion for the buckytubes in fluid alone by current prices. I was also considering an atmospheric production method, but I have no clue if that would be possible.
    Indeed a common name for Carbon 60 is buckyballs "The structure of C60 - buckminsterfullerene - is that of a truncated icosahedron, which resembles a round soccer ball of the type made of hexagons and pentagons, with a carbon atom at the corners of each hexagon and a bond along each edge." http://www.3dchem.com/moremolecules.asp?ID=217&othername=Buckminsterfullerene
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2010
  7. Aug 18, 2010 #6
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    C60 would ionize on gamma absorption, like most everything else. Buckyballs are chemically very stable on ionization.

    I have no idea what you mean by "half-life decay". Absorbing gamma radiation doesn't affect nuclear decay. (Besides which, 99% of carbon is stable 12C)
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