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Spherical Gamma-ray source

  1. Nov 28, 2007 #1
    Encountered the following bonus question in a hwk assignment and neither myself nor my other class-mates have a clue on how to approach it. Or, if someone has ran across this or a similar problem in a text or online, please point me in that direction.
    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Given: A gamma-ray source in the shape of a homogeneous sphere of radius R, throughout which there is a homogeneous temperature distribution.

    a. Calculate the factor by which the intensity is reduced through self-absorption. Express this as a function of:

    1) source radius &
    2) source temperature

    b. What is the magnitude of these reductions in the case of a 198-Au source (μ = 2.9 cm-1) of radius R = 0.15 cm when the temperature is changed by ΔT = 1000°C (linear coefficient of expansion α = 17 x 10-6 per °C).
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  3. Nov 28, 2007 #2


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    I'd suggest the ring method, but IIRC it will be a complicated integral. I think I did a similar problem about 25+ years ago.

    The intensity is simply a function of distance d and the radius, r which will determine the attenuation.

    The thermal expansion will simply change the electron density, but I don't think by much.

    ΔT = 1000°C (linear coefficient of expansion α = 17 x 10-6 per °C) means a difference of about 2% based on 1000 * 17 x 10-6 = 0.017
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