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What is fluence?

  1. Sep 14, 2014 #1
    I am new to the fluence concept which is apparently the number of particle passing through an area.

    However how can this quantity ever be greater than zero....? In my mind there needs to be a timing interval to compute how many particles are passing through the area which I know is referred to as the flux.

    My professor explains this concept as a snapshot in time but that to me is flux. As the snapshot in time becomes infinitely small this 'fluence' should go to zero... right?

    Any thoughts???
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  3. Sep 14, 2014 #2


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    Per wiki:

    In physics, fluence is the flux (either particle or radiative flux) integrated over time. For particles, it is defined as the total number of particles that intersect a unit area in a specific time interval of interest, and has units of m–2 (number of particles per meter squared).
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