Scintillation Counter

A scintillation counter consists of a material that emits light when radiation passes through it. Various liquid, plastic, and crystalline materials have scintillation properties. Scintillation light is measured with photomultiplier tubes. In general the amount of scintillator light detected is proportional to the energy of the radiation.

See also: Geiger Counter, Radioactive Decay, Semiconductor Detector.

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Subjects: Physics