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ERIC Number: EJ1142780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Uranium Glass: A Glowing Alternative to Conventional Sources of Radioactivity
Boot, Roeland
Physics Teacher, v55 n2 p76-78 Feb 2017
There is a relatively simple way of using radioactive material in classroom experiments: uranium glass, which provides teachers with a suitable substance. By using the right computer software and a radiation sensor, it can be demonstrated that uranium glass emits radiation at a greater rate than the background radiation and with the aid of UV light a bright green luster appears. Therefore, with two pieces of uranium glass, students can learn about two different physical phenomena: fluorescence and radioactivity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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