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Needle Sources

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Needle Source

Needle sources are used to generate a point source of radiation inside cloud chambers for demonstrating alpha and beta radiation tracks. Three different types of isotopes are offered, a pure alpha emitter, a pure beta emitter and a combined alpha /beta emitter.

The sources are constructed by depositing a small, license exempt quantity of radioactive isotope onto the eye of a standard sewing needle which is mounted on a test tube stopper for insertion into the cloud chamber. The needle and stopper are placed into a test tube for protection during shipping and storage.


Po-210 Needle. This alpha emitter contains 0.01 microcuries of Polonium-210.



Sr-90 Needle. A beta emitter containing 0.01 microcuries of Strontium-90.



Pb-210 Needle. 0.01 microcuries of Lead-210 in equilibrium with its daughters Bi-210 and Po-210, produces a source of both alpha and beta particles.


How to Dispose of Exempt Sources - FOR INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS

 1) Disposal Service, Click here (PDF Document) 2) USNRC Rule for Disposal of Exempt Sources, Click here (PDF Document)

NRC 30.18 Exempt quantities (narrative)
NRC 30.71 Schedule B Exempt Quantity Radionuclide Regulations (Table)
  MSDS/Data Sheet for Sources

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