& Laminate Sources
NRC § 30.18 Exempt quantities (narrative)
NRC § 30.71 Schedule B Exempt Quantity Radionuclide Regulations (Table)
MSDS/Data Sheet for Sources
Letter to International Customers
concerning Cesium 137 (Cs137) Sources
Note: For both Domestic and International Source
Orders - Activities of gamma emitters over 5 to 10 uCi MAY require lead shielding, either LSD1,
LSD4 or LSD5. If required, the lead shield and appropriate price will be
added to your order.
For International Source orders - see special notice in What's New -
These sources are supplied as plastic discs or as thin plastic laminates. With the exception of the alpha source, the small quantity of radioactive material is sealed in the plastic with epoxy to prevent leakage and contamination. The transmission window is sufficiently thin to transmit both beta and gamma emissions without undue absorption.
Canadian customers having questions about exempt sources, click
Disc sources are available in 1" and 2" diameter plastic disc with the 1" being standard and other sizes on special order.
The alpha source is of open window construction with the source material bonded to the surface of a silver foil mounted in the recess of the plastic disc. This design yields excellent emission of alpha particles without window losses.
Plastic laminates provide a convenient alternative packaging being easy to handle and store. The standard laminates have a transmission window of 0.005" and produce minimum attenuation for photons and higher energy beta particles.
Now the C14, FE55 and Po210 sources have
a thin, aluminized Mylar window. Order as, for example, C14LMW - Laminated
Three sizes are available, 3.75"x2.25", a
1" diameter and a 1.75" circular disc. Low energy x-ray, beta and alpha sources can be produced with a
80 µgm/cm2 aluminized Mylar window offering excellent transmission for Fe-55, C-14 and Po-210.
ORDER: LSD SERIES SOURCES
|Radioisotope sources are available individually or packaged as sets of three, five, and eight in convenient storage boxes. These items are
exempt sources and of nominal activity to provide a safe, yet inexpensive supply of radioactive material for educational and commercial use.||When shipping or storing multiple gamma sources, to reduce reduce radiation levels we recommend using Lead Shields.|
Standard individual sources for alpha, beta and gamma emissions are available in the following isotopes.
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|Ba133S1||1uCi.||10.7 years||Gamma||81.0, 276.3, 303.7, 355.9, 383.7|
|Co57S1||1uCi.||270 days||Gamma||122.1, 136.4|
|Co60S1||1uCi.||5.27 years||Gamma, Beta||1173.2, 1332.5, β317.9|
|Cs137S.2||0.2uCi.||30.1 years||Gamma, Beta||32, 661.6, β511.6, β1173.2|
|Cs137S.5||0.5uCi.||30.1 years||Gamma, Beta||32, 661.6, β511.6, β1173.2|
|Cs137S1||1uCi.||30.1 years||Gamma, Beta||32, 661.6, β511.6, β1173.2|
|Cs137S5||5uCi.||30.1 years||Gamma, Beta||32, 661.6, β511.6, β1173.2|
|Cs/ZnS||1uCi.||Mixed||"Unknown"||32, 661.6, 1115.5|
|Eu152S1||1uCi.||13.5 Years||Gamma, Beta||Multiple energies|
|Fe55S100||100uCi.||2.73 years||X-ray, Beta||5.9, 6.5, β231.4|
|Mn54S1||1uCi.||312 days||Gamma, Beta||834.8, β542.2|
|Na22S1||1uCi.||2.6 years||Gamma||1274.5, 511|
|Zn65S1||1uCi.||244 days||Gamma, Beta||1115.6, β236.34 β1351.9|
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Other activities are available on special order to the maximum NRC Exempt Quantities.
Gamma sources may be order as Calibrated against the NIST Mixed Gamma Standard, SRM 4275C-125.
|GM Resolving Time Set|
This set is used for determining the resolving time of GM Counters. It consists of three half discs, two of which contain 5 microcuries of Tl-204 plus a third half disc with no activity. The count-rate of each half disc plus the blank (to maintain constant geometry) is measured and then both active half discs are combined for a measurement with high count-rate. The counting loss may now be calculated by adding the rates from each half disc and comparing the result to the count-rate with both halves combined.
|The RSS-3 contains 1 each Po-210, Sr-90 and Co-60 emitting a range of alpha, beta and gamma radiation's. This set is ideal for demonstration and introductory nuclear labs covering basic characteristics of radiation.
The Co-60 is 1.0 uCi and the Po-210 and Sr-90 are 0.1 uCi activity.|
|Containing 1 each Cs-137, Co-60, Sr-90, Tl-204 and Po-210, the RSS-5 provides a wide of alpha, beta and gamma emissions making it a popular choice for nuclear science instruction The set contains two beta emitters, two beta/gamma emitters and one alpha source for in-depth studies of radiation.
The Cs-137 is 5 uCi, the Po-210 and Sr-90 are 0.1 uCi activity and the Co-60
and Tl-204 are both 1 uCi.|
|Designed for gamma spectroscopy, the RSS-8 contains eight different gamma emitting isotopes covering the entire energy range from 32 to 1333 keV. Also included in the set is a mixed source of Cs-137 and Zn-65 which students may use to identify an “unknown” isotope. The set consists of Ba-133, Cd-109, Co-57, Co-60, Cs-137, Mn-54. Na-22 and Cs/Zn.
Source activities are all 1 uCi, except the Cs/Zn source, which is 0.5 uCi
Cs and 1 uCi Zn.|
|Due its relatively short half-life, the Po-210 alpha source must be replaced on a regular basis. Currently this is the only alpha emitting material available as a NRC Exempt Quantity which may be held without a radioactive material license.|
|Other source activities may be available as exempt quantities on special order. Gamma sources are also available as calibrated. Contact factory for information and pricing.|