Recent visit to Pinewood to see the "colors" of gamma-rays

The "colors" of radiation revealed!

We recently visited Pinewood School to discuss how radioactive isotopes are identified and explore the sources of background radiation present in a range of common materials around the school with Mrs. Abraham's AP Chemistry class.

Fig 1. Brian Plimley (left) and Ali Hanks (right) discussing gamma-ray measurements of different areas around the Pinewood campus with Mrs. Abraham's AP Chemistry class.

 

Fig 2. Students watch as gamma-ray data is collected next to a stream near Pinewood campus.

 

Fig 3. Data is taken from the components of a smoke detector using our high purity germanium detector.