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  1. Thyroid cancer following exposure to ionising radiation; Cancer de la thyroide apres exposition aux rayonnements ionisants

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    Schlumberger, M. [Institut de cancerologie Gustave-Roussy, 114, rue edouard-Vaillant, 94805 Villejuif cedex (France); Universite Paris Sud 11, 114, rue edouard-Vaillant, 94805 Villejuif cedex (France); Chevillard, S.; Ory, K. [Commissariat a l' energie atomique et aux energies alternatives, route du Panorama, 92265 Fontenay-aux-Roses cedex (France); Dupuy, C. [Institut de cancerologie Gustave-Roussy, 114, rue edouard-Vaillant, 94805 Villejuif cedex (France); Universite Paris Sud 11, 114, rue edouard-Vaillant, 94805 Villejuif cedex (France); UMR 8200 CNRS, 114, rue edouard-Vaillant, 94805 Villejuif cedex (France); Le Guen, B. [Division production nucleaire, direction production ingenierie, EDF, Tete-Pleyel, 1, place Pleyel, 93282 Saint-Denis cedex (France); De Vathaire, F. [Institut de cancerologie Gustave-Roussy, 114, rue edouard-Vaillant, 94805 Villejuif cedex (France); Universite Paris Sud 11, 114, rue edouard-Vaillant, 94805 Villejuif cedex (France); equipe d' epidemiologie des radiations, centre d' etudes en sante des populations, UMR 1018 Inserm, 114, rue edouard-Vaillant, 94805 Villejuif cedex (France)

    2011-08-15

    Exposure to ionising radiations during childhood increases the risk of thyroid cancer. Similar risk factors have been found after external radiation exposure or internal contamination with radioactive iodine isotopes. In case of contamination with radio-iodines, administration of potassium iodide can prevent thyroid irradiation. (authors)

  2. Patient cumulative radiation exposure in interventional cardiology; Exposition cumulee aux rayonnements ionisants des patients en cardiologie interventionnelle: caracteristiques cliniques et dosimetriques

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    Bernier, M.O.; Jacob, S.; Laurier, D. [Institut de radioprotection et de surete nucleaire (IRSN), DRPH, SRBE, LEPID, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France); Maccia, C. [Centre d' assurance de qualite des applications technologiques dans le domaine de la sante - CAATS, Bourg-la-Reine (France); Bar, O.; Blanchard, D. [Clinique Saint-Gatien, Tours (France); Catelinois, O. [Institut de veille sanitaire, St Maurice (France)

    2012-01-15

    Interventional cardiology procedures can involve potentially high doses of radiation to the patients. Stochastic effects of ionising radiation - radiation-induced cancers in the long term - may occur. We analysed clinical characteristics and dosimetric data in a population of patients undergoing interventional cardiology. In all, 1 591 patients who had undergone coronarography and/or angioplasty in the course of a year at the Saint-Gatien Clinic in Tours (France) were included. Information on patients' individual clinical characteristics and Dose-Area Product values were collected. Organ doses to the lung, oesophagus, bone marrow and breast were mathematically evaluated. The median age of patients was 70 years. Their median cumulative dose-area product value was 48.4 Gy.cm{sup 2} for the whole year and the median effective dose was 9.7 mSv. The median organ doses were 41 mGy for the lung, 31 mGy for the oesophagus, 10 mGy for the bone marrow and 4 mGy for the breast. Levels of doses close to the heart appear to be rather high in the case of repeated interventional cardiology procedures. Clinical characteristics should be taken into account when planning epidemiological studies on potential radiation-induced cancers. (authors)

  3. Calculs de doses générées par les rayonnements ionisants principes et utilitaires

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    Vivier, Alain

    2012-01-01

    Cet ouvrage s'adresse aux utilisateurs de sources de rayonnements ionisants : techniciens et ingénieurs ou personnes compétentes en radioprotection, médecins, chercheurs, concepteurs... Les contraintes croissantes liées à la radioprotection rendent indispensable l'utilisation de codes (ou programmes) de calculs pour évaluer les débits de dose générée par les sources de rayonnements ionisants. De nombreux codes existent mais ils sont souvent relativement complexes à mettre en oeuvre et restent réservés aux bureaux d'études. En outre, ces codes sont souvent des "boîtes noires " qui ne permettent pas de comprendre la physique sous-jacente. L'objectif de cet ouvrage est double. Exposer les principes physiques permettant de comprendre les phénomènes à l'oeuvre lorsque la matière est irradiée par des rayonnements ionisants. Il devient ainsi possible de développer un sens physique pour appréhender ces phénomènes, alors même que nos propres sens sont impuissants à en percevoir la cause et le...

  4. External dosimetry for ionising radiation. From the national standard to the users in radiotherapy and radiation protection; La dosimetrie externe des rayonnements ionisants de la reference nationale aux utilisateurs en radiotherapie et en radioprotection

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    Bordy, J.M

    2009-07-01

    This report presents a review of the external dosimetry of the ionising radiations for the protection of the human being. Looking at this topic, at first we are confronted with its diversity: the protection of the workers and the public against radiations, the medical exposures for radiotherapy, diagnosis and surgery, and the accidental situations. These aspects are often artificially separated so that the global comprehension becomes more difficult. We underline the points of convergence and the bonds which exist between the concepts of dosimetry adopted to deal with its different aspects. It also appeared useful to avoid proposing a dictionary of definitions copied in the reports of the international commissions, and adopting the formalism of the ICRU reports. This is why the definitions, when they are essential, are put in appendix. This text presents the reasons which led to the adoption of the system of quantity used today for the external dosimetry of the ionising radiations. After an introduction dealing with the general principle, the first chapter deals with the 'physical' quantities and the methods used for the determination of the national references. The second chapter, through the protection against radiation of the workers and the public, describes the bonds between the measurable 'operational' quantities and the non measurable 'protections' quantities which allow establishing the radiation protection limits and check that they are respected. The third chapter deals with the difficulties encountered for the measurements in area and personal dosimetry. The fourth chapter deals with the specificities of the medical exposures with the 'practical' quantities, the principle of optimisation and how radiotherapy is implemented. The fifth chapter briefly describes the case of the concerted exposures and of the accident. In conclusion, we analyse the needs and some potential new avenues of work for the metrology of the

  5. Les neuropeptides gastro-intestinaux cibles des effets des rayonnements ionisants : altérations fonctionnelles

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    Linard, C.; Esposito, V.; Wysocki, J.; Griffiths, N. M.

    1998-04-01

    The symptoms associated with exposure to ionizing radiation are nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea. The response of the gut is complex involving modifications of motility and fluid and electrolyte transport. Gastrointestinal regulatory peptides have an important role in these functions. This study showed that radiation-induced tissue variations of neuropeptides have some repercussions on intestinal biological activity of these peptides soon after irradiation. In addition such modifications are also seen a few years after irradiation. Les symptômes associés à l'exposition aux rayonnements ionisants sont des nausées, vomissements et diarrhées. La réponse du système digestif est complexe, impliquant des modifications de la motilité et du transport d'eau et d'électrolytes. les neuropeptides gastro-intestinaux ont un rôle important dans ces fonctions. Cette étude montre que les variations tissulaires de ces neuropeptides induites par l'irradiation ont des répercussions sur l'activité biologique intestinale pour des temps précoces mais que ces perturbations sont encore visibles quelques années après l'irradiation.

  6. Surveillance of health care workers exposed to ionising radiation: Rimed pilot study; Etude Rimed rayonnements ionisants en milieu medical. Etude de faisabilite. Rapport final

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    2008-07-01

    The project so-called RIMED aimed to set up epidemiological surveillance of health care workers exposed to ionizing radiation. A pilot study was conducted in a sample of hospital personnel to examine the possibility of identifying exposed subjects in order to analyse mortality patterns according to occupational characteristics such as medical departments or occupations in a historical cohort. Seven hospitals participated in this pilot study. Health-care workers who had worn a dosimeter up to December 2003 were to be included in this cohort. The subjects' identification data were obtained from the SISERI (Systeme d'information de la surveillance de l'exposition aux rayonnements ionisants - Ionizing Radiation Exposure Monitoring Information System) database managed by the Institut de radioprotection et de surete nucleaire - Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Institute (IRSN). The SISERI system was in a 'pilot' phase in 2004. According to SISERI database, a total of 5126 subjects were found to have worn a dosimeter up to December 2003. The subjects' identification data were completed by the administrative services of the hospitals and occupational physicians searched for subjects' occupational data. Information required for the vital status search was satisfactorily completed only for 38% of the cohort subjects. This pilot study showed that obtaining data from SISERI database completed by hospital administrative data in 2004 led to a database of insufficient quality for epidemiological surveillance. The Institut de veille sanitaire (French Institute of Public Health Surveillance) recommends that transmission by the employers of some specific personal or occupational data of the exposed subjects should be made compulsory. In this way, SISERI system should be able to constitute any database with required quality for epidemiological surveillance of ionizing radiation exposed subjects. (authors)

  7. Effect of ionizing radiation on cardiovascular system; Les effets des rayonnements ionisants sur le systeme cardiovasculaire

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    Milliat, F.; Benderitter, M.; Gaugler, M.H. [Institut de radioprotection et de surete nucleaire, DRPH, SRBE, Laboratoire de radiopathologie et de therapies experimentales (LRTE), Fontenay-aux-Roses (France)

    2011-07-01

    Radiotherapy treatment for cancer of the chest, mediastinal area or the neck area is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. With the increasing number of cancer patients and the increased treatment efficiency, the number of cancer survivors is increasing exponentially. The cancer survivors live longer and their long-term follow-up must be considered. The cardiovascular toxicity is mainly associated with the treatment of breast cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma and head and neck cancer. Radiation-induced cardiovascular effects are insidious and chronic. Their occurrence is linked to numerous factors including the age of the patient at the beginning of the radiotherapy schedule, the number of years following radiotherapy, the doses (and volume) to the heart and the large vessels (coronary and carotid arteries), and the association with the traditional cardiovascular risk factors. Pathophysiological mechanisms remain unclear and, even if similarities with age-related atherosclerosis were established, the specificities of the radiation-induced atherosclerosis for high doses remain to be discovered. For low/moderate doses of ionising radiation, recent epidemiological studies provide evidence of increased risk of cardiovascular pathologies. A better knowledge of the mechanisms associated with the radiation-induced cardiovascular pathologies and the more precise identification of the populations at risk in the future should allow a more effective care of these patients with cardiovascular risk. (authors)

  8. The accidental exposure to ionizing radiations; L'exposition accidentelle aux rayonnements ionisants

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    2001-07-01

    This article is divided in three parts, the first one gives the radioactivity sources, the doses and the effects, the second part is devoted to the medical exposures, the third part concerns the accidents and the biological effects of an irradiation the different syndromes ( the acute whole-body irradiation syndrome, the localized irradiation syndrome, the inflammatory syndrome, hematopoietic syndrome,neuro-vascular syndrome) are detailed. (N.C.)

  9. Pregnancy and exposure to ionizing radiations; Femme enceinte et exposition aux rayonnements ionisants

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    Topsoba, T.L. [Ouagadougou-Burkina Faso Univ., Lab. de Biophysique UFR/SDS (Burkina Faso); Tapsoba, T.L.; Cisse, R.; Lougue Sorgho, L.C.; Bamouni, Y.A. [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Yo, Service de Radiologie et d' Imagerie Medicale (Burkina Faso); Gassama Seck, S. [Faculte de Medecine - UCAD, Dakar (Senegal)

    2006-06-15

    The sensitivity of the embryo and foetus varies during pregnancy. Recent studies confirm that the principal damage is mental retardation. It is generally admitted that the risk is negligible for a dose < 100 milli-sieverts (mSv). A possible termination of pregnancy will be considered for an exposure > 200 mSv.The objective of this work is to provide precise information on the various risks related to the irradiation for the foetus, according to the age of gestation and delivered dose, and the action to be taken in case of accidental irradiation. The medical use of ionizing radiation in pregnant women can only be considered within the framework of precise information. (author)

  10. Thermoluminescent properties of CVD diamond: applications to ionising radiation dosimetry; Proprietes thermoluminescentes du diamant CVD: applications a la dosimetrie des rayonnements ionisants

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    Petitfils, A

    2007-09-15

    Remarkable properties of synthetic diamond (human soft tissue equivalence, chemical stability, non-toxicity) make this material suitable for medical application as thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD). This work highlights the interest of this material as radiotherapy TLD. In the first stage of this work, we looked after thermoluminescent (TL) and dosimetric properties of polycrystalline diamond made by Chemically Vapor Deposited (CVD) synthesis. Dosimetric characteristics are satisfactory as TLD for medical application. Luminescence thermal quenching on diamond has been investigated. This phenomenon leads to a decrease of dosimetric TL peak sensitivity when the heating rate increases. The second part of this work analyses the use of synthetic diamond as TLD in radiotherapy. Dose profiles, depth dose distributions and the cartography of an electron beam obtained with our samples are in very good agreement with results from an ionisation chamber. It is clearly shown that CVD) diamond is of interest to check beams of treatment accelerators. The use of these samples in a control of treatment with Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy underlines good response of synthetic diamond in high dose gradient areas. These results indicate that CVD diamond is a promising material for radiotherapy dosimetry. (author)

  11. Rayonnement quantique

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    Laverne, Alain

    2006-01-01

    Cet exposé du rayonnement quantique en interaction avec la matière quantique non relativiste prétend être élémentaire. La licence de le comprendre n'exige guère que la maîtrise de l'oscillateur harmonique quantique. Quelques défauts corrigibles mais pas encore remédiés, en sont : * des considérations sur le rayonnement classique plus longues que réellement satisfaisantes (par. II.5), * des affirmations carrément fausses sur les conventions de sens de polarisation des photons et des ondes (p.1...

  12. Accord entre l'Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire, le Conseil Fédéral Suisse et le Gouvernement de la République Française relatif à la protection contre les rayonnements ionisants et à la sûreté des installations de l'Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire

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    2010-01-01

    Accord entre l'Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire, le Conseil Fédéral Suisse et le Gouvernement de la République Française relatif à la protection contre les rayonnements ionisants et à la sûreté des installations de l'Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire

  13. Prevention of risks in relation with occupational exposure to ionizing radiation; Prevention des risques lies a l'exposition professionnelle aux rayonnements ionisants

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    2005-07-01

    After remind the base notions in the field of ionizing radiation, this file evaluates the situation on the natural and occupational exposures: modes, sources, and exposure level, risk for health. It presents the principles of prevention allowing in a professional area (out of nuclear industry) to reduce and control these exposures. Some practical cases illustrate the radiation protection approach. references are given: regulatory benchmarks, useful links, books to consult. (N.C.)

  14. Design and test of a scintillation dosimeter for dosimetry measurements of high energy radiotherapy beams; Conception et realisation d'un dosimetre a scintillation adapte a la dosimetrie de faisceaux de rayonnements ionisants en faisceaux de rayonnements ionisants en radiotherapie

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    Fontbonne, J.M

    2002-12-01

    This work describes the design and evaluation of the performances of a scintillation dosimeter developed for the dosimetry of radiation beams used in radiotherapy. The dosimeter consists in a small plastic scintillator producing light which is guided by means of a plastic optical fiber towards photodetectors. In addition to scintillation, high energy ionizing radiations produce Cerenkov light both in the scintillator and the optical fiber. Based on a wavelength analysis, we have developed a deconvolution technique to measure the scintillation light in the presence of Cerenkov light. We stress the advantages that are anticipated from plastic scintillator, in particular concerning tissue or water equivalence (mass stopping power, mass attenuation or mass energy absorption coefficients). We show that detectors based on this material have better characteristics than conventional dosimeters such as ionisation chambers or silicon detectors. The deconvolution technique is exposed, as well as the calibration procedure using an ionisation chamber. We have studied the uncertainty of our dosimeter. The electronics noise, the fiber transmission, the deconvolution technique and the calibration errors give an overall combined experimental uncertainty of about 0,5%. The absolute response of the dosimeter is studied by means of depth dose measurements. We show that absolute uncertainty with photons or electrons beams with energies ranging from 4 MeV to 25 MeV is less than {+-} 1 %. Last, at variance with other devices, our scintillation dosimeter does not need dose correction with depth. (author)

  15. RAYONNEMENT ACOUSTIQUE D'UNE PLAQUE MINCE RECTANGULAIRE BAFFLÉE AVEC CONDITIONS LIMITES QUELCONQUES

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    BERRY, A.; Nicolas, J; Guyader, Jean-Louis

    1990-01-01

    Une méthode de calcul analytique du rayonnement acoustique des plaques minces rectangulaires de conditions aux limites quelconques est proposée. Contrairement aux méthodes précédentes elle est générale et permet d'envisager le cas de conditions variables sur chaque bord de la plaque. La rigidité de translation des limites s'avère le paramètre dominant le rayonnement sous la fréquence critique.

  16. Exposure of the french population to ionizing radiation link to medical diagnosis act in 2007; Exposition de la population francaise aux rayonnements ionisants liee aux actes de diagnostic medical en 2007

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    Etard, C.; Aubert, B. [Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire, 92 - Clamart (France); Sinno-Tellier, S. [Institut de Veille Sanitaire, 94 - Saint Maurice (France)

    2010-07-01

    The objective of this report is to update and complete the data relative to the medical exposure of the French population to diagnostic imaging examinations for the year 2007. The last published data correspond to the year 2002. The information supplied by this report precise: the medical exposure to diagnostic imaging examinations by imaging modality (conventional radiology, scanner, nuclear medicine, and diagnostic interventional imaging), by anatomical area, by age, and according to the sex of the patient and it also the part of the French population (strength, age, sex) who actually benefited of diagnostic acts using ionizing radiation in 2007. In 2007, 74.6 millions of diagnostic acts using ionizing radiation have been realised in france. These acts induce for the year 2007 to an efficient average dose of 1.3 MSv. (N.C.)

  17. Realisation of dosimetric studies for workplaces with a risk of exposure to ionizing radiations (version 2). Practical guide; Realisation des etudes dosimetriques de poste de travail presentant un risque d'exposition aux rayonnements ionisants (version 2). Guide pratique

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    Donadille, L.; Rehel, J.L.; Deligne, J.M.; Queinnec, F.; Aubert, B.; Bottollier-Depois, J.F.; Clairand, I.; Jourdain, J.R.; Rannou, A.

    2010-07-01

    This guide proposes a methodological approach to help carry out dosimetric workplace studies complying with the french regulation, and necessary to identify risks of radiological exposure, optimize radiation protection, classify the workers into different categories and the workplaces into different areas. Additional information is provided relating the main objectives of a workplace study, the French regulatory context, main sources and pathways of exposure to ionizing radiation. Radiation protection and operational quantities are reminded. Recommendations about the selection and use of detectors and about the implementation of calculation methods are also provided. The general methodological approach is applied and developed into 'workplace sheets', each one devoted to a particular type of workplace. (authors)

  18. Alteration of the digestive motility linked with radiation-induced inflammatory processes in rats; Alterations de la motricite digestive associees aux processus inflammatoires induits par les rayonnements ionisants chez le rat

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    Picard, C

    2000-12-01

    Exposure to ionizing radiation, whether accidental or for medical reasons, may lead to gastro-intestinal injury, characterized by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. The aetiology of radiation-induced diarrhea remains to date unclear. In this study, we have investigated the acute effects of a 10 Gy abdominal irradiation on rat digestive functions. The objective of the first study was to evaluate the role of sensory afferent neurons, capsaicin-sensitive, on morphological changes and the inflammatory response following exposure. Three days after irradiation, we observed an inflammatory response characterized by neutrophils infiltration and mast cells de-granulation. No effect of capsaicin pre-treatment was seen on these parameters. However, neutrophils infiltration was increased as early as one day after irradiation in capsaicin-treated rats. No difference in severity of diarrhea was observed after denervation nor in morphological changes. These data demonstrate that abdominal irradiation results in diarrhea concomitant with an inflammatory response, and that sensory innervation does not play a major protective role. The objective of the rest of the work was in the first instance to characterize radiation-induced alterations of intestinal and colonic motility leading to diarrhea and secondly to evaluate the role of serotonin in such disorders. Perturbations in intestinal (MMC) and colonic (LSB) motor profiles were observed from the first day onwards. Migrating motor complexes (MMC) were completely disrupted at three days at the same time as the onset of diarrhea. In addition to inhibition of LSB, colonic fluid absorptive capacity was decreased and serotonin colonic tissue levels were increased three days after irradiation. Radiation-induced diarrhea was reduced by treatment with an antagonist of 5-HT{sub 3} receptors, granisetron, as were alterations of colonic motility and serotonin tissue levels. However, this treatment did not significantly ameliorate fluid absorption on three days. These two studies show that a 10 Gy abdominal irradiation markedly affects intestinal and colonic motility both of which contribute to the ensuing diarrhea, and a role for serotonin via 5-HT{sub 3} receptors. In conclusion, these results demonstrate functional modifications without marked alterations of intestinal and colonic morphology. These changes are concomitant with an inflammatory response which does not appear to involve afferent nerves. However, serotonin plays an important role in the inhibition of colonic motility and in consequence in the establishment of diarrhea. (author)

  19. Cataract and ionizing radiation; Cataracte et rayonnements ionisants

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    Wassilieff, S. [Ecole des Applications Militaires de l' Energie Atomique, 50 - Cherbourg Octeville (France)

    2009-10-15

    The radiation-induced cataract has been up to now considered as a quite rare pathology, needing high-dose radiations (beyond a dose threshold roughly estimated at 2 Grays to the lens) consisting mainly in head tumour radiotherapy complications. Several new studies on different exposed populations such as astronauts, japanese atomic bomb survivors, people undergoing X-ray examinations, Chernobyl accident 'liquidators' as well as data from animal experiments, suggest that dose threshold for detectable opacities as well as for clinical posterior sub-capsular cataract occurring, might be far lower than those previously assumed. Even the existence of a dose threshold is no longer an absolute certitude insofar as radiation-induced cataract pathogenesis might consist not really in a deterministic effect (direct tissue harmful effect, killing or seriously injuring a critical population of cells) as believed until now, but rather in a stochastic effect (genomic damage in target-cells, altered cell division, abnormal lens fiber cell differentiation). More practically, these new data may lead us to reconsider radioprotection of specifically exposed populations: mainly patients and workers. Regarding workers, labour legislation (lens equivalent dose limit of 150 mSv during 12 consecutive months) might be, in the medium term, reassessed downwards. (author)

  20. The non ionizing radiations; Les rayonnements non ionisants

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    Vecchia, P. [Institut National de la Sante, Lab. de Physique, Rome (Italy); Souques, M. [Electricite de France (EDF), Service des Etudes Medicales, 75 - Paris (France); Lambrozo, J. [EDF/GDF, Service des Etudes Medicales, 75 - Paris (France)] [and others

    2003-07-01

    The biological effects of non ionizing radiations are studied in this part. The magnetic fields and the cardiac implants, melatonin secretion among the electricians exposed to magnetic fields of 50 hz, the effects of electromagnetic fields in professional medium, evaluation of the effect of an exposure to a signal of a mobile phone (GSM 900) on the skin are the different subjects discussed. (N.C.)

  1. Epidemiological studies and ionizing radiations; Etudes epidemiologiques et rayonnements ionisants

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    2011-07-01

    After some generalities on epidemiological studies, this report presents the current status of knowledge and researches in three peculiar domains: leukaemia for young people living around nuclear power stations, pathologies in workers of the nuclear sector, and health condition (incidence of cancers) of populations living around nuclear power stations

  2. Interpolation de niveaux d'exposition aux émissions radioélectriques in situ à l'aide de méthodes géostatistiques

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    Ould Isselmou, Yahya

    2007-01-01

    Les réglementations et normes radioélectriques précisent différentes valeurs limites d'exposition radioélectrique à ne pas dépasser. Les niveaux d'expositions constatés autour des antennes de radio et de télécommunications sont très en dessous des limites d'exposition recommandées par la commission de protection contre les rayonnements non-ionisants. Aujourd'hui, les personnes se trouvant à proximité des émetteurs radio ne cherchent plus simplement à vérifier la conformité aux normes. La dema...

  3. Appraisal of alternative skin model for the study of epidermal restoration following exposure to various environmental stress agents: ionising radiation and UV B; Evaluation d'un modele alternatif de peau dans l'etude de l'atteinte epidermique apres exposition a differents agents de stress environnementaux: rayonnements ionisants (RI) et ultra-violets B (UVB)

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    Isoir, M

    2006-06-15

    Human skin is a major target tissue for ionising radiation (IR) and UV B. We developed a skin explant model and used 2 types of keratinocytes to study survival and oxidative stress induced by these radiations. We examined oxidative damages by measuring R.O.S. produced and cellular anti-oxidant defenses induced. We observed into skin exposed to IR a modulation of genes expression implied in the control of oxidative stress, confirmed by the decrease of catalase, glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase enzymatic activities. The imbalance observed between anti- and pro-apoptotic genes expression shows that keratinocytes apoptosis may be partly dependent on radio-induced R.O.S. production. We showed the difference of radiosensitivity between N.H.E.K. and Ha Ca.T., which may be linked to their differential oxidative responses. In addition, during re-epithelialising, we demonstrated that activated N.H.E.K. after IR express keratin 6, release pro-inflammatory cytokines and proliferate, without modification of their differentiation. Treatment of N.H.E.K. with geranyl geranylacetone (G.G.A.) has a beneficial effect on their radio-induced activation by increasing IL-1 release, their migration in scrapped area and their survival. G.G.A. has an anti apoptotic ability (induction of Hsp70- caspase-3 pathway) and migratory properties (P38/RhoA activation) on N.H.E.K., but after IR, only caspase-3 pathway is induced. This work thus contributes to the understanding of cutaneous damages after IR and G.G.A. mechanism of action which accelerates re-epithelialising. (author)

  4. Order of the 30 December 2004 relative to the individual sheet of medical follow-up and to the individual information concerning the dosimetry of workers exposed to ionizing radiations; Arrete du 30 decembre 2004 relatif a la carte individuelle de suivi medical et aux informations individuelles de dosimetrie des travailleurs exposes aux rayonnements ionisants

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    2004-12-15

    This order concerns the content and the modalities of grant of the individual sheet of medical follow-up, the collect and the centralization of dosimetry individual information by the Institute of Radiation Protection and Safety (IRSN), and the access to individual results of external and internal dosimetry. (A.L.B.)

  5. Assessment of risks associated to ionizing radiations: lung cancers after domestic radon exposure and thyroid cancers after accidental exposure to radioactive iodines; Evaluation des risques associes aux rayonnements ionisants: cancers du poumon apres exposition domestique au radon et cancers de la thyroide apres exposition accidentelle aux iodes radioactifs

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    Catelinois, O

    2004-09-15

    The aim of this work is to develop a critical analysis of quantitative risk assessment in the field of ionizing radiation and to provide new estimates of attributable risks for particular situations of environmental exposure to ionizing radiation. This work is based on knowledge about dose-response relationships and ionizing radiation exposure of the general population. The work focuses on two different situations that both present an important interest for public health: lung cancer associated with domestic radon exposures (natural situation) and thyroid cancer associated with the Chernobyl accident fallout (accidental situation). The assessment of lung cancer risk associated with domestic radon exposure considers 10 dose-response relationships resulting from miner cohorts and case-control studies in the general population. A critical review of available data on smoking habits has been performed and allowed to consider the interactions between radon and tobacco. The exposure data come from measurements campaigns carried out since the beginning of the 1980 by the Institute for Radiation protection and Nuclear Safety and the Health General Directory in France. The French lung cancer mortality data are provided by the I.N.S.E.R.M.. Estimates of the number of attributable cancers are carried out for the whole country, stratified by 8 large regions (Z.E.A.T.) and by 96 departments for the year 1999 allowing to perform a sensibility analysis according to the geographical level of calculation. Uncertainties associated to risk coefficients and exposures have been quantified and it's impact on risk estimates is calculated. The estimated number of deaths attributable to domestic radon exposure ranges from 543 (90% uncertainty interval (U.I.): 75-1,097) to 3,108 (90% U.I.: 2,996-3,221). The corresponding risk fractions range from 2.2% (90% U.I.: 0.3%-4.4%) to 12.4% (90% U.I.: 11.9%-12.8%). The assessment of thyroid cancer risk in the most exposed area of France due to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident fallout, is based on the excess relative risk model published by E. Ron et al. in 1995. The target population is composed of all children younger than 15 years and living in the eastern part of France at the time of the accident (26 April 1986). The incidence rates between 1978 and 1997 are analysed and forecasted up to 2007 using age-period-cohort models. Thyroid doses are estimated from all available data about the contamination in France from the Chernobyl fallout/ The risks characterization is carried out by considering various scenarios on the projection of spontaneous incidence rates, the effectiveness of internal exposures compared to external ones and the levels of radioactive deposits. Uncertainties to the risk coefficient, the expected spontaneous incidence rates and the thyroid dose are considered. The estimated number of thyroid cancer cases in excess between 1991 and 2007 for the target population ranges from 5 (90% U.I.: 1-15) to 63 (90% U.I. 12-180). In comparison, depending on the scenario of spontaneous rate projection, the number of spontaneous cancer cases should range from 894 (90% U.I.: 869-920) to 1,716 (90% U.I.:1,691-1,741) between 1991 and 2007. The results show that the thyroid cancer incident rate increase observed in France during last 20 years cannot be explained by the Chernobyl fallout. The work provides an adaptation of the classical risk assessment method integrating each of its step such as a discussion about the choice of the dose-response relationship. The data analysis considers the interaction between ionizing radiation and other risk factors, a spontaneous incidence rate projection and a quantification of uncertainties. This work provides new results showing the importance of the choice of the dose-response relationship, of the consideration of the spontaneous incidence trend and of the quantification of uncertainties in risk assessment. In conclusion, this work provides new knowledge for public health by the analysis of enlarged epidemiological data. (author)

  6. Surveillance of health care workers exposed to ionising radiation: Rimed pilot study

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    The project so-called RIMED aimed to set up epidemiological surveillance of health care workers exposed to ionizing radiation. A pilot study was conducted in a sample of hospital personnel to examine the possibility of identifying exposed subjects in order to analyse mortality patterns according to occupational characteristics such as medical departments or occupations in a historical cohort. Seven hospitals participated in this pilot study. Health-care workers who had worn a dosimeter up to December 2003 were to be included in this cohort. The subjects' identification data were obtained from the SISERI (Systeme d'information de la surveillance de l'exposition aux rayonnements ionisants - Ionizing Radiation Exposure Monitoring Information System) database managed by the Institut de radioprotection et de surete nucleaire - Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Institute (IRSN). The SISERI system was in a 'pilot' phase in 2004. According to SISERI database, a total of 5126 subjects were found to have worn a dosimeter up to December 2003. The subjects' identification data were completed by the administrative services of the hospitals and occupational physicians searched for subjects' occupational data. Information required for the vital status search was satisfactorily completed only for 38% of the cohort subjects. This pilot study showed that obtaining data from SISERI database completed by hospital administrative data in 2004 led to a database of insufficient quality for epidemiological surveillance. The Institut de veille sanitaire (French Institute of Public Health Surveillance) recommends that transmission by the employers of some specific personal or occupational data of the exposed subjects should be made compulsory. In this way, SISERI system should be able to constitute any database with required quality for epidemiological surveillance of ionizing radiation exposed subjects. (authors)

  7. Radioprotection rayonnements, dosimétrie, protection

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    Marey, Gérard

    2014-01-01

    Pour tous les travailleurs du nucléaire comme pour les étudiants des licences professionnelles et des BTS Environnement nucléaire et BTS radioprotection, l'ouvrage rassemble de façon progressive, claire et précise toutes les informations scientifiques et pratiques qui leur sont indispensables. Une première partie résume les données de base relatives à la structure de la matière, la stabilité des noyaux, les différents rayonnements, leur énergie et la décroissance radioactive. La deuxième partie constitue une approche progressive de la radioprotection s'appuyant sur l'influence des rayonnement sur la matière pour définir les notions de dose et aborder le dimensionnement des protections biologiques et des éléments de ventilation. Enfin, la dernière partie traite de la mise en oeuvre pratique de la radioprotection sur le terrain et de la gestion des déchets nucléaires en application de la technologie actuelle, de la réglementation et des directives imposées par l'exploitant qu'est EDF. De...

  8. Exposition aux dispositifs d'éclairage scénique : risque pour la santé des professionnels du spectacle vivant ou enregistré

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    Salsi, Serge; Barlier-Salsi, Annick

    2013-01-01

    La directive européenne 2006/25/CE, relative à l'exposition des travailleurs aux rayonnements optiques, prévoit l'évaluation des risques des situations de travail. Elle est particulièrement importante dans l'industrie des arts du spectacle où des expositions intentionnelles à des projecteurs peuvent être exigées pendant des périodes de l'ordre de 8 heures par jour. L'objectif de la présente étude était de fournir aux éclairagistes des informations, relatives aux risques associés aux projecteu...

  9. Contribution to the study and use of ionisation chambers for nuclear reactor control (1965); Contribution a l'etude et a l'utilisation des chambres d'ionisation pour le controle des reacteurs nucleaires (1965)

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    Duchene, J. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1961-02-15

    high-power reactors. (author) [French] Les chambres d'ionisation sont actuellement les detecteurs les mieux adaptes au controle des reacteurs nucleaires par des mesures neutroniques. Nous avons cru bon de rappeler quelques generalites concernant la dynamique des reacteurs, les differents procedes de detection des neutrons, le fonctionnement des chambres d'ionisation et les methodes de mesure utilisees. Notre contribution aux techniques de controle des reacteurs consiste d'une part en une tentative de synthese des facteurs intervenant dans le fonctionnement des chambres d'ionisation, l'etude de ces facteurs, et d'autre part l'elaboration de chambres d'ionisation a fission et a bore permettant de suivre la marche d'un reacteur du demarrage jusqu'a la puissance maximale. Dans le domaine des chambres a fission, nous avons en particulier ameliore les techniques de depot d'oxyde d'uranium sur l'aluminium et realise la mise au point de depots par electrolyse sur d'autres metaux: acier inoxydable, cuivre, molybdene, nickel, tantale, titane, kovar, tungstene et beryllium. Nous avons elabore plusieurs types de chambres a fission servant au demarrage des reacteurs: un type de performances moyennes actuellement utilise dans les piles francaises un type a haute sensibilite un type a haute temperature qui a fonctionne jusqu'a 600 deg. C. En ce qui concerne les chambres a bore, nous avons etudie les perturbations apportees dans les mesures par l'exposition des chambres a d'importants flux de neutrons et a un rayonnement {gamma} intense. Cette exposition produit une modification des proprietes des materiaux constitutifs et la production dans les chambres d'un bruit de fond qui peut gener considerablement les mesures neutroniques. Nous avons montre que la technique de compensation permettait de limiter l'importance de ce bruit de fond et d'augmenter ainsi la plage de fonctionnement des

  10. Study of consequences of a ionizing radiation exposure on the health of persons having stay at the Marie Curie school of Nogent-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne); Etude des consequences d'une exposition aux rayonnements ionisants sur la sante des personnes ayant sejourne a l'ecole Marie Curie de Nogent-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne)

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    2004-03-01

    This study follows two other ones about the same subject. No one could bring elements to the question of the exposure impact on the population having stayed in the school. The old pupils and personnel have been exposed to radiation doses higher to the limit values of public exposure especially before 1987. The scientific knowledge suggest that the eventual sanitary consequences are in the area of low risks. The lack of exhaustiveness in the inquiry realisation and the lack of statistical power did not allow to measure the sanitary impact of ionizing radiation exposure among the former pupils of the Marie Curie school of Nogent sur Marne. (N.C.)

  11. Physiological and molecular studies of the resistance to ionizing radiations of hyper-thermophilic archaea isolated from deep ocean hydrothermal sources; Etudes physiologiques et moleculaires de la resistance aux rayonnements ionisants d'archaea hyperthermophiles isolees de sources hydrothermales oceaniques profondes

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    Jolivet, E

    2002-10-15

    In this study, we have first tested in vivo the effect of gamma irradiation on Pyrococcus abyssi, a hyper-thermophilic archaeon, isolated from a deep-sea hydrothermal vent. We have shown that this strain was as radioresistant as P. furiosus but less than Deinococcus radiodurans. The rates of double stranded breaks provoked into DNA following irradiation were monitored by the pulsed-field gel electrophoresis technique (P.F.G.E.) with P. abyssi, P. furiosus, D. radiodurans and Escherichia coli. Results clearly showed that all these rates were similar suggesting that no specific DNA protection system exits in Pyrococcus species. The growth of P. abyssi was efficiently recovered within two hours following the exposure to 2.5 kGy of gamma irradiation. As revealed by P.F.G.E., genomic DNA of P. abyssi totally fragmented after irradiation was efficiently restored within two hours presumably by inter chromosomal homologous recombination. The DNA replication in P. abyssi cells following irradiation at 2.5 kGy was blocked for 90 minutes that corresponds to the decay for repairing damaged DNA. Moreover, following irradiation P. abyssi actively expulse damaged DNA material before DNA replication resumes, preventing the amplification of genetic mutations. We have also showed that at least a subset cf P. abyssi DNA repair and replication proteins, such as RadA, RPA-41 and RFC-S. were constitutively expressed in chromatin bound forms in stationary phase cells. Our results were in agreement with the view that P. abyssi contains a very efficient DNA repair system, which is continuously ready to counteract the DNA damaged caused by the high temperature and/or ionizing radiation. For the first time, three novel hyper-thermophilic archaea species from deep-sea hydrothermal vents more radioresistant than P. abyssi were isolated and characterized, after 'y-irradiation exposures of some enrichment cultures. Thermococcus marinus, Thermococcus radiophilus and Thermococcus gammafolerans were able to survive to elevated doses of {gamma}-irradiation from around 20 to 40 kGy which make them the most radioresistant hyper-thermophilic archaea isolated so far. Likewise, no specific DNA protection system was shown and their chromosomal damaged DNA following exposure to 2.5 kGy of {gamma}-irradiation were fully restored within two hours incubation under optimal growth conditions. (author)

  12. Preparation and characterization of a ferrimagnetic amorphous alloy of GdCo entering the design of magnetic tunnel junctions: ionizing radiations hardness of magnetic tunnel junctions; preparation et caracterisation d'un alliage amorphe ferrimagnetique de GdCo entrant dans la conception de jonctions tunnel magnetiques. Resistance des jonctions tunnel magnetiques aux rayonnements ionisants

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    Conraux, Y

    2005-10-15

    The magnetic random access memories (MRAM) are on the way to supplant the other forms of random access memories using the states of electric charge, and this thanks to their many technical advantages: not-volatility, speed, low consumption power, robustness. Also, the MRAM are alleged insensitive with the ionizing radiations, which was not checked in experiments until now. The current architecture of the MRAM is based on the use of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ). These MRAM can present an important disadvantage, because they are likely of present errors of addressing, in particular when integration (density of memory cells) is increasingly thorough. The work undertaken during this thesis relates to these two points: - to check the functional reliability of the MRAM containing JTM exposed to high energy ionizing radiations; - to study a ferrimagnetic amorphous alloy, GdCo, likely to enter the composition of JTM and allowing to free from the possible errors of addressing by a process of thermal inhibition of the memory cells. This work of thesis showed that the MRAM containing JTM preserve their functional properties fully when they are subjected to intense ionizing radiations, and that GdCo is a very interesting material from the point of view of the solid state physics and magnetism, that its physical properties are very promising as for its applications, and that its integration in a JTM still claims technological developments. (author)

  13. Exposure to ionizing radiations having a medical origin. Propositions for the implementation and the development of epidemiology surveillance activities in general population; Exposition aux rayonnements ionisants d'origine medicale. Propositions pour la mise en place et le developpement d'activites de surveillance epidemiologique en population generale

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    2002-09-01

    This report gives propositions relative to the implementation and the development of epidemiology surveillance activities in general population in relation with medical exposure to ionizing radiations. It is intended for the General Direction of Health and General Direction of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection. These propositions have been elaborated by a work group coordinated and run by InVS and gathering the following organisms: French Agency of sanitary safety of health products (A.F.S.S.A.P.S.), Center of Quality Assurance of technological applications in the area of health (C.A.A.T.S.), Direction of Hospitals and Care organization (D.H.O.S.), General Direction of Health (D.G.S.), General Direction of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (D.G.S.N.R.), National Federation of radiologists physicists (F.N.M.R.), institute of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (I.R.S.N.), INSERM 'epidemiology of cancers', French Society of Biology and Nuclear Medicine (S.F.B.M.N.), French Society of Medical Physics (S.F.P.M.), French Society of Radiology (S.F.R.). (N.C.)

  14. Une méthode pour estimer l’interception du rayonnement par un couvert bas : application au colza avant montaison

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    Denoroy Pascal

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Dans les modèles de simulation du fonctionnement des cultures, l’interception du rayonnement est une variable cruciale pour la prévision de la productivité en biomasse. D’autre part, la connaissance de l’interception du rayonnement par une culture permet de mieux analyser la réponse à un traitement en autorisant la distinction entre les effets morphogénétique et physiologique du traitement. Par exemple, dans l’étude de la fertilisation azotée du colza [1] on a pu faire la part de l’effet morphogénétique (accroissement de l’indice foliaire, donc de l’interception et de l’amélioration de la conversion photosynthétique du rayonnement absorbé. Dans un cas comme dans l’autre, une estimation correcte de l’interception du rayonnement est essentielle. Très souvent, un formalisme dérivé de la loi de Beer-Lambert est utilisé pour quantifier la part interceptée du rayonnement : PARi = epsiloni PAR (1 et epsiloni = 1 - e- k.IF (2, PAR représentant le rayonnement photosynthétiquement actif incident (exprimé en Joules ou en moles de photons, PARi la part de ce dernier interceptée par le couvert, epsiloni le coefficient (sans dimension d’interception, IF l’indice foliaire et k le coefficient d’extinction du rayonnement. Un formalisme un peu plus complexe doit être utilisé si on veut considérer le rayonnement absorbé [1, 2]. Pour des cultures couvrantes, la sensibilité de ces modèles à la valeur de k est faible pour les IF élevés, c’est pourquoi ces modèles sont souvent utilisés avec succès. Mais aux faibles IF, les modèles sont sensibles à k, d’où l’importance de l’estimation de ce paramètre pour les cultures présentant une longue période de faible couverture du sol, tel le colza peu fertilisé en phase hivernale. De plus, pour les cultures discontinues, c’est-à-dire présentant des zones où le sol n’est pas du tout couvert par la végétation, comme les inter-rangs, on doit

  15. Consideration of measurement errors in the analysis of the risk related to the exposure to ionising radiation in an occupational cohort: application to the French cohort of uranium miners; Prise en compte des erreurs de mesure dans l'analyse du risque associe a l'exposition aux rayonnements ionisants dans une cohorte professionnelle: application a la cohorte francaise des mineurs d'uranium

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    Allodji, Rodrigue Setcheou

    2011-12-09

    In epidemiological studies, measurement errors in exposure can substantially bias the estimation of the risk associated to exposure. A broad variety of methods for measurement error correction has been developed, but they have been rarely applied in practice, probably because their ability to correct measurement error effects and their implementation are poorly understood. Another important reason is that many of the proposed correction methods require to know measurement errors characteristics (size, nature, structure and distribution). The aim of this thesis is to take into account measurement error in the analysis of risk of lung cancer death associated to radon exposure based on the French cohort of uranium miners. The mains stages were (1) to assess the characteristics (size, nature, structure and distribution) of measurement error in the French uranium miners cohort, (2) to investigate the impact of measurement error in radon exposure on the estimated excess relative risk (ERR) of lung cancer death associated to radon exposure, and (3) to compare the performance of methods for correction of these measurement error effects. The French cohort of uranium miners includes more than 5000 miners chronically exposed to radon with a follow-up duration of 30 years. Measurement errors have been characterized taking into account the evolution of uranium extraction methods and of radiation protection measures over time. A simulation study based on the French cohort of uranium miners has been carried out to investigate the effects of these measurement errors on the estimated ERR and to assess the performance of different methods for correcting these effects. Measurement error associated to radon exposure decreased over time, from more than 45% in the early 70's to about 10% in the late 80's. Its nature also changed over time from mostly Berkson to classical type from 1983. Simulation results showed that measurement error leads to an attenuation of the ERR towards the null, with substantial bias on ERR estimates in the order of 60%. All three error-correction methods allowed a noticeable but partial reduction of the attenuation bias. An advantage was observed for the simulation-extrapolation method (SIMEX) in our context, but the performance of the three correction methods highly depended on the accurate determination of the characteristics of measurement error. This work illustrates the importance of measurement error correction in order to obtain reliable estimates of the exposure-risk relationship between radon and lung cancer. Corrected risk estimates should prove of great interest in the elaboration of protection policies against radon in radioprotection and in public health. (author)

  16. Nuclear law: protection against ionizing radiations; Droit nucleaire: protection contre les rayonnements ionisants

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    2006-07-15

    The object of this work is since its first edition in 1983 under the title 'Collection of nuclear activities legislation and regulation ' to realize an ordered collection of texts constituting the juridical and institutional frame of nuclear activities, gathering the legislative, regulatory and technical texts; the international, European and national texts. Aiming to include the whole of the atom applications, this collection tackles various themes, in ten chapters. The volume number three is constituted by the following chapter: Protection against ionizing radiations. (N.C.)

  17. About particular use of ionizing radiations; Des usages particuliers des rayonnements ionisants

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    2001-02-01

    Different uses of ionizing radiations are reviewed: tracers techniques, nuclear gauges, dating by carbon 14, silica doping, use of gamma irradiation for the density measurement in civil engineering, use of a electron capture detector to study by gas chromatography chlorinated contaminants in environment, neutron activation as environmental gauge, analysis of lead in paint and pollutants in ground and dusts, help for work of art valuation by x spectrometry. (N.C.)

  18. Effects of low doses of ionizing radiation; Effets des faibles doses de rayonnements ionisants

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    Masse, R. [Office de Protection contre les Rayonnements Ionisants, 78 - le Vesinet (France)

    2006-07-01

    Several groups of human have been irradiated by accidental or medical exposure, if no gene defect has been associated to these exposures, some radioinduced cancers interesting several organs are observed among persons exposed over 100 to 200 mSv delivered at high dose rate. Numerous steps are now identified between the initial energy deposit in tissue and the aberrations of cell that lead to tumors but the sequence of events and the specific character of some of them are the subject of controversy. The stake of this controversy is the risk assessment. From the hypothesis called linear relationship without threshold is developed an approach that leads to predict cancers at any tiny dose without real scientific foundation. The nature and the intensity of biological effects depend on the quantity of energy absorbed in tissue and the modality of its distribution in space and time. The probability to reach a target (a gene) associated to the cancerating of tissue is directly proportional to the dose without any other threshold than the quantity of energy necessary to the effect, its probability of effect can be a more complex function and depends on the quality of the damage produced as well as the ability of the cell to repair the damage. These two parameters are influenced by the concentration of initial injuries in the target so by the quality of radiation and by the dose rate. The mechanisms of defence explain the low efficiency of radiation as carcinogen and then the linearity of effects in the area of low doses is certainly the least defensible scientific hypothesis for the prediction of the risks. (N.C.)

  19. Expansion des feuilles de tournesol en conditions environnementales fluctuantes : effets de la température, du rayonnement et du déficit hydrique

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    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available L’expansion et les divisions cellulaires dans les feuilles de tournesol ont été analysées dans des situations contrastées de température, de rayonnement et d’état hydrique du sol, en serre, au champ et en chambre de culture. Les résultats expérimentaux obtenus remettent en cause deux concepts utilisés dans le formalisme des modèles de simulation des cultures : – le premier est celui qui considère que l’expansion foliaire dépend du carbone disponible. Des déficits hydriques modérés et précoces réduisent la surface finale des feuilles de 40% sans affecter la photosynthèse nette. Ils se traduisent par des accumulations de sucres dans les feuilles en déficit hydrique; – le second est celui qui relie la vitesse absolue d’expansion un jour donné aux conditions environnementales le même jour. Des contraintes hydriques ou des réductions du rayonnement absorbé affectent la vitesse absolue d’expansion plusieurs jours après le rétablissement des conditions favorables. Dans le modèle que nous proposons, la considération de la vitesse relative d’expansion des feuilles plutôt que de la vitesse absolue permet de rendre compte des arrière-effets négatifs des contraintes sur la vitesse d’expansion des feuilles. La vitesse relative d’expansion à un moment donné est directement reliée aux conditions environnementales au même moment. Son expression en temps thermique permet de prendre en compte les effets de la température. Elle est réduite par un déficit hydrique et par une réduction du rayonnement absorbé. Dans ce modèle, les durées d’expansion et de divisions cellulaires dans les feuilles, exprimées en temps thermique, sont stables pour un rang de feuille donné dans une large gamme de rayonnement absorbé et d’état hydrique du sol.

  20. Ionising radiations regulations 1985

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    The (UK) Ionising Radiations Regulations 1985 come into force on 1.1.86 with supporting Approved Code of Practice. They are discussed under the headings: introduction; notifications to start work with ionising radiations; dose limitation (ALARP -as low as reasonably practicable); designation of controlled and supervised areas; Radiation Protection Advisers to be appointed by employers; Local Rules; Radiation Protection Supervisors to be appointed by employers from among employees; instruction and training; dosimetry and medical surveillance; control of radioactive substances; radiation monitoring; assessment of hazards; articles and equipment. (U.K.)

  1. Strong ionisation in carbon nanowires

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    Kaymak, V.; Pukhov, A.; Shlyaptsev, V. N.; Rocca, J. J.

    2016-04-01

    Surfaces covered with nanostructures, such as nanowire arrays, are shown to facilitate a significantly higher absorption of laser energy as compared to flat surfaces. Due to the efficient coupling of the laser energy, highly energetic electrons are produced, which in turn can emit intense ultrafast X-ray pulses. Full three dimensional PIC simulations are used to analyse the behaviour of arrays of carbon nanowires 400 nm in diameter, irradiated by a 400-nm laser pulse of 60-fs duration at FWHM and a vector potential of α0 = 18. We analyse the ionisation dynamics of the nanowires. The difference of the ionisation strength and structure between linearly and circularly polarised laser beam is investigated. The nanowires are found to be fully ionised after about 30 laser cycles. Circularly polarised light reveals a slightly stronger ionisation effect.

  2. Biological effects of the ionizing radiation. Press breakfast; Effets biologiques des rayonnements ionisants. Petit dejeuner de presse

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    Flury-Herard, A. [CEA, Direction des Sciences du Vivant, DSV, 75 - Paris (France); Boiteux, S.; Dutrillaux, B. [CEA/Fontenay-aux-Roses, Direction des Sciences du Vivant, DSV, 92 (France); Toledano, M. [CEA Saclay, Direction des Sciences du Vivant, DSV, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2000-06-01

    This document brings together the subjects discussed during the Press breakfast of 29 june 2000 on the biological effects of the ionizing radiations, with scientists of the CEA and the CNRS. It presents the research programs and provides inquiries on the NDA operating to introduce the NDA damages by ionizing radiations, the possible repairs and the repair efficiency facing the carcinogenesis. Those researches allow the scientists to define laws on radiation protection. (A.L.B.)

  3. Nuclear law: nuclear matter and ionizing radiation sources. Wastes; Droit nucleaire: matieres nucleaires et sources de rayonnements ionisants. Dechets

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    2006-07-15

    The object of this work is since its first edition in 1983 under the title 'Collection of nuclear activities legislation and regulation ' to realize an ordered collection of texts constituting the juridical and institutional frame of nuclear activities, gathering the legislative, regulatory and technical texts; the international, European and national texts. Aiming to include the whole of the atom applications, this collection tackles various themes, in ten chapters.The volume number two includes the following chapters: nuclear matters and ionizing radiations sources; wastes. Previously edited by the Cea, that realizes it it is now published in the collection 'Legislation and regulation' of officials journals editions. (N.C.)

  4. The place of ionizing radiation in the cancer genesis; La place des rayonnements ionisants dans la genese des cancers

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    Simon, J. [Societe Francaise d' Energie Nucleaire, 75 - Paris (France)

    2009-12-15

    Two different fields are considered: the field of high radiation doses (over 1 Sv), the contribution of ionizing radiation in the carcinogenesis is doubtless and the linear dose-effect relationship is unshakable. but this high doses area is rare ( major accident of civil nuclear, radiotherapy, war with use of nuclear weapon) and escapes to usual standards. The field of low dose irradiation (inferior to 100 MSv) we cannot assure the absence of carcinogen risk of ionizing radiation. We can tell that this risk is very low, very inferior to 5% by sievert accepted by the ICRP in conformance with the precautionary principle. In any case, very inferior to the risk in relation with the big causes of cancer that are addiction to smoking, (30% of cancers), food (30% of cancers), chronic diseases (11% of cancers) and hormonal processes (10% of cancers). (N.C.)

  5. Health and biological effects of non-ionizing radiations; Effets biologiques et sanitaires des rayonnements non ionisants

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    De Seze, R.; Souques, M.; Aurengo, A.; Bach, V.; Burais, N.; Cesarini, J.P.; Cherin, A.; Decobert, V.; Dubois, G.; Hours, M.; Lagroye, I.; Leveque, Ph.; Libert, J.P.; Lombard, J.; Loos, N.; Mir, L.; Perrin, A.; Poulletier De Gannes, F.; Thuroczy, G.; Wiart, J.; Lehericy, St.; Pelletier, A.; Marc-Vergnes, J.P.; Douki, Th.; Guibal, F.; Tordjman, I.; Gaillot de Saintignon, J.; Collard, J.F.; Scoretti, R.; Magne, I.; Veyret, B.; Katrib, J.

    2011-07-01

    This document gathers the slides of the available presentations given during this conference day on the biological and health effects of non-ionizing radiations. Sixteen presentations out of 17 are assembled in the document and deal with: 1 - NMR: biological effects and implications of Directive 2004/40 on electromagnetic fields (S. Lehericy); 2 - impact of RF frequencies from mobile telephone antennas on body homeostasis (A. Pelletier); 3 - expression of stress markers in the brain and blood of rats exposed in-utero to a Wi-Fi signal (I. Lagroye); 4 - people exposure to electromagnetic waves: the challenge of variability and the contribution of statistics to dosimetry (J. Wiart); 5 - status of knowledge about electromagnetic fields hyper-sensitivity (J.P. Marc-Vergnes; 6 - geno-toxicity of UV radiation: respective impact of UVB and UVA (T. Douki); 7 - National day of prevention and screening for skin cancers (F. Guibal); 8 - UV tan devices: status of knowledge about cancer risks (I. Tordjman, and J. Gaillot de Saintignon); 9 - modulation of brain activity during a tapping task after exposure to a 3000 {mu}T magnetic field at 60 Hz (M. Souques and A. Legros); 10 - calculation of ELF electromagnetic fields in the human body by the finite elements method (R. Scoretti); 11 - French population exposure to the 50 Hz magnetic field (I. Magne); 12 - LF and static fields, new ICNIRP recommendations: what has changed, what remains (B. Veyret); 13 - risk assessment of low energy lighting systems - DELs and CFLs (J.P. Cesarini); 14 - biological effects to the rat of a chronic exposure to high power microwaves (R. De Seze); 15 - theoretical and experimental electromagnetic compatibility approaches of active medical implants in the 10-50 Hz frequency range: the case of implantable cardiac defibrillators (J. Katrib); French physicians and electromagnetic fields (M. Souques). (J.S.)

  6. Food ionisation. Realities and perspectives

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    The ionisation of food is a treatment using a certain type of energy. the radiations used in the industrial treatments are limited to three sources. The gamma radiations, the x radiations and the electrons beams emitted with accelerators. The physical treatments by ionizing radiations have for aim to cleanse and to increase the conservation time of food. Now, the applications in agriculture and food industry, are still marginal. The industrial using ionisation are these ones that did not find any alternative decontamination method. The barriers are more scientific or technical or economical than a question of regulation or behaviour. (N.C.)

  7. Exposition aux rayonnements d'origine naturelle tellurique et cosmique : les études franco-tchèques

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    Spurný, František; Bottollier-Depois, J. F.; Decossas, J. L.

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 41, č. 5 (2007), s. 195-208. ISSN 0033-8451 R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1P05OC032 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10480505 Keywords : natural radiation background * aircraft crew exposure * track-etch detectors * silicon detector Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders

  8. Measurement of the electronic density of ionised media by hyper frequency methods; Mesure de la densite electronique des milieux ionises par des methodes hyperfrequences

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    Consoli, T. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France).Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1960-07-01

    Within the limits of the I.N.S.T.N. courses on plasmas, this analytical study summarizes the articles quoted in the references on hyper-frequency techniques for the measurement of electronic density of an ionised gas. It is neither exhaustive nor complete and further details may be obtained by referring to the works mentioned. The first part, devoted to the theoretical side, concert the propagation of electromagnetic waves ionised media and the excitation of stationary raves in electromagnetic cavities. The second part deals with the measurement techniques themselves. It includes those techniques which hare become classic, and also more recent ones being developed in various laboratories and in the Service of Applied Physics at Saclay. (author) [French] Dans le cadre des cours sur les plasmas a l'l.N.S.T. cette etude d'analyse resume les articles cites en bibliographie sur les techniques hyperfrequences pour la mesure de la densite electronique d'un gas ionise. Elle n'est ni exhaustive, ni complete. Pour plus de details on voudra bien se rapporter aux travaux mentionnes. La premiere partie consacree a des rappels theoriques, concerne la propagation des ondes electromagnetiques dans les milieux ionises et sur l'excitation d'ondes stationnaires dans les cavites electromagnetiques. La seconde se rapporte aux techniques de mesures proprement dites. On a fait figurer dans cette partie des techniques devenues classiques et celles plus recentes en cours d'etudes dans divers laboratoires et au Service de Physique Appliquee a SACLAY. (auteur)

  9. Radiations and medical practices. Index card 1- medical exposure to ionizing radiations: situation diagnosis. Index card 2 - regulation and patients radiation protection. Index card 3 - action of I.R.S.N. in support of patients radiation protection. Index card 4 - small typology of medical practice based on ionizing radiation. Index card 5 - radiation doses and their effects on health; Rayons et pratiques medicales. Fiche 1 - l'exposition medicale aux rayonnements ionisants: diagnostics de la situation. Fiche 2 - reglementation et radioprotection des patients. Fiches 3 - l'action de l'IRSN en faveur de la radioprotection des patients. Fiches 4 - petite typologie des pratiques medicales a base de rayonnements ionisants. Fiche 5 - les doses et leurs effets sur la sante

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    2006-07-01

    The diagnosis radiology, the nuclear medicine and radiotherapy have been developed in any medical specialty. The medical exposures to ionizing radiation are the first reason of exposure to artificial ionizing radiation for population. Progress have been made to reduce the radiation doses delivered to patients, thus, in Great Britain efforts have lead to a reduction of 30% of doses delivered to patients. (N.C.)

  10. Etude statistique du rayonnement solaire sur un plan incliné

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    MOUHOUS-CHAOUCHI, Samira

    2012-01-01

    Ce travail présente une étude statistique des valeurs des rayonnements Diffus et Global mesurées et calculées sur un plan incliné à la latitude du lieu à Bouzaréah (36.8°). Pour le calcul du rayonnement diffus sur plan incliné cinq modèles ont été choisis ; le modèle isotrope de la première génération, le modèle de Hay et le modèle de Reindl de la deuxième génération et le modèle de Gueymard et le modèle de Perez de la troisième génération. Les modèles sont évalués sur une base graphique et s...

  11. COMMANDE D’HELIOSTAT PLAN REFECHISSANT LE RAYONNEMENT SOLAIRE VERS UNE CIBLE FIXE

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    MIHOUB, Sofiane

    2010-01-01

    L’objectif de notre travail est de commander un héliostat plan, dédié à une centrale solaire à tour, réfléchissant le rayonnement solaire vers une cible fixe ( le récepteur) à l’aide d’un système de poursuite solaire à deux axes. Les centrales solaire à tour nécessitent un très fort ensoleillement et un faible taux d’humidité, pour cela on a commencé par étudier le gisement solaire du site choisi, celui de GHARDAIA , dans le sud de l’Algérie afin de connaitre son rayonnement solaire pendan...

  12. Effet des additifs sur la structure cristalline du polyéthylène à basse densité (PEBD irradiés par des rayonnements UV

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available L’effet des rayons U V sur les propriétés physico-chimiques et mécaniques du polyéthylène à basse densité (PEBD et pigmenté avec des additifs dans différentes formulations ont été étudiées. Les échantillons ont été exposés au rayonnement U V émis par une lampe à xénon d’une puissance de 6000 W à une température de 46 °C pour différents temps. Un échantillon de référence a été pris pour la comparaison. A l’aide de la spectroscopie infrarouge FTIR et l’essai de traction, on a pu suivre les changements structuraux physico-chimiques et mécaniques. L’évolution des paramètres mécaniques (module d’élasticité, contrainte et allongement à la rupture ainsi que l’évolution des groupements carbonylés sous l’effet des radiations UV sont discutées. L’allongement à la rupture diminue avec le temps d’exposition pour la plupart des formulations étudiées, sauf la formulation F4 (anti-oxydant/stabilisant dont il y à une augmentation avec le temps. Par les RX, on a pu calculer le taux de cristallinité qui ont donné des valeurs élevées par rapport à d’autres ce qui est du probablement aux additifs ajoutés (chimassorb 81. Les résultats obtenus montrent que les additifs (stabilisants lumière et anti-oxydants avec des concentrations appropriées donnent des améliorations fiables concernant le comportement mécanique et les propriétés physico-chimiques des échantillons du PEBD exposés au rayonnement UV.

  13. Détection de rayonnements et instrumentation nucléaire

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    Lyoussi, Abdallah

    2010-01-01

    La détection de rayonnements nucléaires passe obligatoirement par leur interaction avec le milieu détecteur. Ces interactions génèrent directement ou indirectement des charges électriques lesquelles, une fois collectées sont (pré)amplifiées et converties en signaux électriques. Cette opération est rendue possible grâce à la polarisation électrique du détecteur conduisant à l'établissement d'un champ électrique responsable du mouvement des charges produites et de leur collection. D'une manière générale la détection et la mesure de rayonnements est un processus à plusieurs étapes comme le montre le synoptique de la figure 1.1. Il s'agit dans un premier temps de faire interagir le rayonnement incident utile avec le milieu détecteur après qu'il ait franchi l'espace «source-détecteur». Ces interactions sont ensuite converties en impulsions électriques qui sont traitées électroniquement et acheminées vers une unité d'acquisition et d'analyse. On obtient ainsi un premier résultat a...

  14. Aux origines du monde

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    "C'est l'histoire d'une aventure humaine, scientifique, international qui a vu le jour il y a cinquante ans, aux confins de la Suisse et du département de l'Ain. Le plus grand laboratoire de physique des particules du monde, le Cern, a été fondé en 1954. Les festivités organisées à l occasion de cet anniversaire connaîtront leur point d'orgue le 16 octobre prochain, avec portes-ouvertes, accueil de personallités et inauguration d'un monumnet spécifique, le Globe de l'innovation" (2 pages)

  15. Mesures d'ensoleillement : Publication No 17 : Rayonnement réfléchi et coefficient d'albédo

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    Ineichen, Pierre; Guisan, Olivier

    1988-01-01

    Une estimation correcte du rayonnement solaire incident sur un plan incliné d'orientation et d'inclinaison quelconques implique une connaissance du rayonnement en provenance du ciel et du rayonnement réfléchi par le sol. Diverses études [1,2] consacrées à la transposition du rayonnement solaire céleste ont été effectuées sur le plan international et ont abouti à la recommandation de l'utilisation du modèle de Perez [3,4] pour l'évaluation de la composante céleste du rayonnement diffus reçue s...

  16. Coincidence measurements with the use of detectors measuring the energy of the radiances (proportional meters and scintillation counter); Mesures de coincidences avec utilisation de detecteurs mesurant l'energie des rayonnements (compteurs proportionnels et compteur a scintillations)

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    Sartory, M. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay(France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1953-07-01

    somme des amplitudes des impulsions resultant de chacun des rayonnements etudies. Cette methode, appliquee aux coincidences entre rayons X, a permis d'apporter des renseignements sur le schema de desintegration de l'arsenic 73. De plus, le coefficient de conversion interne d'une transition consecutive a cette desintegration a ete evalue. (auteur)

  17. Two-photon ionisation of metastable helium

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    An experimental and theoretical study of two-photon ionisation of He(21S) and He(23S) by a pulsed laser strong enough to saturate the ionisation process through the 3P intermediate and to display the quadrupole transition through the 3D intermediate is presented. A pronounced dip sensitive to the laser pulse shape in the profile of the 21S-31P resonance is shown to stem from a competition between relaxation and ionisation. Further complex but reproducible unexpected structure, which is not yet understood, is seen in both the singlet and triplet 2S-3P resonances. (author)

  18. Health Service use of ionising radiations: Guidance

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    This booklet gives outline guidance on the use of ionising radiations in the Health Service in the United Kingdom. Extensive reference is made to documents where more detailed information may be found. The guidance covers general advice on the medical use of ionising radiations, statutory requirements, and guidance on selected Health Service issues such as patient identification procedures, information management systems, deviations from prescribed radiation dose, imaging and radiotherapy. (57 references) (U.K.)

  19. Comportement des pesticides ionisables dans les sols

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    Kah, Mélanie; Brown, Colin D.

    2007-01-01

    Ionisable pesticides can be partially ionised within the range of natural soil pH and this strongly influences their reactivity in soils. This group includes important, worldwide contaminants of groundwater and surface waters. It is essential that their specific behaviour is recognised within risk assessment procedures. Experiments were carried out with ten pesticides (six acids and four bases) and nine arable soils (range in pH, texture and organic matter content) to advance the understandin...

  20. Organisation et mise en oeuvre d'une infrastructure reglementaire nationale chargee de la protection contre les rayonnements ionisants et de la surete des sources de rayonnements. Rapport interimaire pour observations

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    A number of IAEA Member States are undertaking to strengthen their radiation protection and safety infrastructures in order to facilitate the adoption of the requirements established in the International Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Ionizing Radiation and for the Safety of Radiation Sources (the Standards). In this connection, the IAEA has developed a technical co-operation programme (Model Project on Upgrading Radiation Protection Infrastructure) to improve radiation protection and safety infrastructures in 51 Member States, taking into account national profiles and needs of the individual participating, countries. The present report deals with the elements of a regulatory infrastructure for radiation protection and safety and intends to facilitate the, implementation of the Basic Safety Standards in practice. It takes into account the proposals in an earlier report, IAEA-TECDOC-663, but it has been expanded to include enabling legislation and modified to be more attuned to infrastructure issues related to implementation of the Standards. The orientation is toward infrastructures concerned with protection and safety for radiation sources used in medicine, agriculture, research, industry and education rather than infrastructures for protection and safety for complex nuclear facilities. It also discusses options for enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of the infrastructure in accordance with the size and scope of radiation practices and available regulatory resources within a country

  1. Ionisation as indicator for cosmic ray acceleration

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    Schuppan, F.; Röken, C.; Fedrau, N.; Becker Tjus, J.

    2014-06-01

    Astrospheres and wind bubbles of massive stars are believed to be sources of cosmic rays with energies E ≲ 1 TeV. These particles are not directly detectable, but their impact on surrounding matter, in particular ionisation of atomic and molecular hydrogen, can lead to observable signatures. A correlation study of both gamma ray emission, induced by proton-proton interactions of cosmic ray protons with kinetic energies Ep ≥ 280 MeV with ambient hydrogen, and ionisation induced by cosmic ray protons of kinetic energies Ep sub)TeV cosmic rays.

  2. Protection of outside workers against ionising radiation

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    This HSE information sheet is aimed at employers of outside workers, managers of contractors, health physics staff, appointed safety representatives, radiation protection advisers (RPA) and radiation protection supervisors (RIPS), employers in control of controlled areas which outside workers may enter, and outside workers themselves. This guidance supplements that in the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) supporting the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 (IRR99) available from HSE Books, ISBN 0 7176 1746 7. IRR99 include provisions for outside workers that were previously required under the Ionising Radiations (Outside Workers) Regulations 1993 (OWR), which were revoked when IRR99 came into effect

  3. Impact assessment of ionising radiation on wildlife

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    This R and D project was commissioned by the Environment Agency and English Nature in January 2001 to provide up-to-date information on the impacts of ionising radiation on wildlife, upon which a robust assessment approach may be developed. This approach will also feed into the European Commission funded project 'Framework for Assessment of Environmental Impact' (FASSET), due to complete in October 2003. This report describes the behaviour and transport of radionuclides in the environment, considers the impact of ionising radiation on wildlife, and makes recommendations on an approach for the impact assessment of ionising radiation on wildlife for England and Wales. The assessment approach focuses on three ecosystems representative of those considered potentially most at risk from the impact of authorised radioactive discharges, namely a coastal grassland (terrestrial ecosystem); estuarine and freshwater ecosystems. The likely scale of the impact on wildlife is also assessed in light of a preliminary analysis based on this assessment approach. The aims of the report are: to summarise the latest research on the behaviour, transfer and impact of ionising radiation effects on wildlife; an outline and review of the relevant European and national legislation which has impacts on the requirements for assessments of the impact of ionising radiation on wildlife in the UK; to consider the role of regulatory bodies in assessing the impact of ionising radiation on wildlife with respect to England and Wales; to make recommendations on the relative biological effectiveness of different types of radiation with respect to wildlife; and to recommend an approach to assess the impacts to wildlife from ionising radiation from authorised discharges in England and Wales, with spreadsheets to support the methodology. The report demonstrates the behaviour and transfer of radionuclides in a number of different ecosystem types. Particular emphasis is placed on exposure pathways in those

  4. Thyroid cancer following exposure to ionising radiation

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    Exposure to ionising radiations during childhood increases the risk of thyroid cancer. Similar risk factors have been found after external radiation exposure or internal contamination with radioactive iodine isotopes. In case of contamination with radio-iodines, administration of potassium iodide can prevent thyroid irradiation. (authors)

  5. Nucleation in an ultra low ionisation environment

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    Enghoff, Martin Andreas Bødker

    In this work we have studied aerosol formation at ultra-low ionisation levels, using the existing deep underground science facility at Boulby mine, UK. At 1100 m depth, with a corresponding factor 106 reduction in cosmic ray muon flux, the Boulby facility is an ideal place to study the role of ions...

  6. Characterization and pharmacological modulation of intestinal inflammation induced by ionizing radiation; Caracterisation et modulation pharmacologique de l'inflammation intestinale induite par les rayonnements ionisants

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    Gremy, O

    2006-12-15

    The use of radiation therapy to treat abdominal and pelvic malignancies inevitably involves exposure of healthy intestinal tissues which are very radiosensitive. As a result, most patients experience symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea. Such symptoms are associated with acute damage to intestine mucosa including radio-induced inflammatory processes. With a rat model of colorectal fractionated radiation, we have shown a gradual development of a colonic inflammation during radiation planning, without evident tissue injury. This radio-induced inflammation is characterized not only by the sur expressions of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, a NF-kB activation, but also by a repression of anti-inflammatory cytokines and the nuclear receptors PPARa and RXRa, both involved in inflammation control. This early inflammation is associated with a discreet neutrophil recruitment and a macrophage accumulation. Macrophages are still abnormally numerous in tissue 27 weeks after the last day of irradiation. Inflammatory process is the most often related to a specific immune profile, either a type Th1 leading to a cellular immune response, or a type Th2 for humoral immunity. According to our studies, a unique abdominal radiation in the rat induces an ileum inflammation and an immune imbalance resulting in a Th2-type profile. Inhibiting this profile is important as its persistence promotes chronic inflammation, predisposition to bacterial infections and fibrosis which is the main delayed side-effect of radiotherapy. The treatment of rats with an immuno-modulator compound, the caffeic acid phenethyl ester (C.A.P.E.), have the potential to both reduce ileal mucosal inflammation and inhibit the radio-induced Th2 status. In order to search new therapeutic molecular target, we has been interested in the PPARg nuclear receptor involved in the maintenance of colon mucosal integrity. In our abdominal irradiation model, we have demonstrated that the prophylactic treatment with a PPARg synthetic ligand, the so-called 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA), protects against the development of the acute mucosal colon inflammation. This pharmacological drug restrains radio-induced expression of pro inflammatory molecular actors such as TNFa, MCP-1 and iNOS, it also limits the repression of nuclear receptors involved in inflammation control such as PPARg, and reduces the radio-induced accumulation of macrophages. These results could give some leads to find therapeutic drug to limit radio-induced early mucosal and consequently, to improve patients' comfort during and after the radiotherapy schedule. (author)

  7. Ionizing radiation M.O.S. dosimeters: sensibility and stability; Dosimetres M.O.S. de rayonnements ionisants: sensibilite et stabilite

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    Gessinn, F.

    1993-12-01

    This thesis is a contribution to the study of the ionizing radiation responsivity of P.O.M.S. dosimeters. Unlike the development of processing hardening techniques, our works goal were to increase, on the one hand, the M.O.S. dosimeters sensitivity in order to detect small radiation doses and on the other hand, the stability with time and temperature of the devices, to minimize the absorbed-dose estimation errors. With this aim in mind, an analysis of all processing parameters has been carried out: the M.O.S. dosimeter sensitivity is primarily controlled by the gate oxide thickness and the irradiation electric field. Thus, P.M.O.S. transistors with 1 and 2 {mu}m thick silica layers have been fabricated for our experiments. The radiation response of our devices in the high-field mode satisfactorily fits a D{sub ox}{sup 2} power law. The maximum sensitivity achieved (9,2 V/Gy for 2{mu}m devices) is close to the ideal value obtained when considering only an unitary carrier-trapping level, and allows to measure about 10{sup -2} Gy radiation doses. Read-time stability has been evaluated under bias-temperature stress conditions: experiments underscore slow fading, corresponding to 10{sup -3} Gy/h. The temperature response has also been studied: the analytical model we have developed predicts M.O.S. transistors threshold voltage variations over the military specifications range [-50 deg. C, + 150 deg. C]. Finally, we have investigated the possibilities of irradiated dosimeters thermal annealing for reusing. It appears clearly that radiation-induced damage annealing is strongly gate bias dependent. Furthermore, dosimeters radiation sensitivity seems not to be affected by successive annealings. (author). 146 refs., 58 figs., 9 tabs.

  8. Reinforce the radiation protection of the health personnel, patients and public; Renforcer la protection contre les rayonnements ionisants. Des professionnels de sante, des patients et du public

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    2003-03-01

    One of the missions of the IRSN is the public radiation protection. In this context and in order to inform the public, this press document presents the actions of the IRSN in the occupational safety, the patients and the public, with a special interest to the Chernobyl accident consequences in France. The prevention policy against the radon, implemented by the Institute is also presented. (A.L.B.)

  9. Synthesis and evaluation of new protecting agents against ionizing radiations; Synthese et evaluation de nouveaux agents de protection contre les rayonnements ionisants

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    Nadal, B.

    2009-10-15

    This thesis is devoted to the synthesis of new pulvinic acid derivatives and the evaluation of their antioxidant and radioprotective properties. This study has been conducted with the aim to develop new protecting agents against ionizing radiations. A new access to pulvinic acid derivatives was developed starting from L-dimethyl tartrate. It is based on a Dieckmann cyclization a dehydration and a Suzuki-Miyaura coupling. It allows a short effective preparation of various pulvinic acid derivatives: tetronic acid derivatives, mono-substituted pulvinic acid derivatives and methyl pulvinates. A modified method has been used to prepare pulvinones. This strategy gave access in four steps to the desired pulvinones. The rapidity of this method is provided by a tandem process, carried out in the final step, involving a Dieckmann cyclization and a {beta}-elimination. A synthesis of 3-aryltetramic acids has also been developed in order to prepare nitrogen derivatives of pulvinic acid. The antioxidant activity of the prepared compounds was then evaluated using various tests: DPPH, ABTS, protection of thymidine and DNA study of lipid peroxidation. These evaluations allowed to define interesting structure-activity relationships of pulvinic derivatives. They have shown that several derivatives have very good antioxidant activities. Finally, radioprotective tests on TK6 cells and mice have have been performed on selected compounds. (author)

  10. Flash ionisation signature in coherent cyclotron emission from Brown Dwarfs

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    Vorgul, Irena

    2016-01-01

    Brown dwarfs form mineral clouds in their atmospheres, where charged particles can produce large-scale discharges in form of lightning resulting in a substantial sudden increase of local ionisation. Brown dwarfs are observed to emit cyclotron radio emission. We show that signatures of strong transient atmospheric ionisation events (flash ionisation) can be imprinted on a pre-existing radiation. Detection of such flash ionisation events will open investigations into the ionisation state and atmospheric dynamics. Such ionisation events can also result from explosion shock waves, bursts or eruptions. We present an analytical model that describes the modulation of a pre-existing electromagnetic radiation by a time-dependent (flash) conductivity that is characteristic for flash ionisation events like lightning. Our conductivity model reproduces the conductivity function derived from observations of Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes, and is applicable to astrophysical objects with strong temporal variations in the loca...

  11. Behaviour of an irradiated photomultiplier; Etude du comportement d'un photomultiplicateur sous rayonnements nucleaires

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    Verdant, R. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1967-04-15

    transitoires, le controle ou la s ete d'un reacteur nucleaire ou d'un assemblage critique, nous avons etudie le comportement de 8 photomultiplicateurs Radiotechnique 51 AVP et UVP et EMI 9 524 B dans le flux gamma d'un puits de stockage de 1 a 10{sup 3} Rh{sup -1} et dans un canal de pile a EL 2 ou le domaine d'exposition variait de 1 a 2. 10{sup 3} Rh{sup -1} et 6. 10{sup 5} a 5. 10{sup 7} n.cm{sup -2}.s{sup -1}. Des impulsions parasites a l'anode du photomultiplicateur sont produites par ces rayonnements. En comparant les amplitudes de ces impulsions a celles delivrees par un scintillateur NaI, on a constate que leur niveau maximal etait d'une centaine de keV a 10{sup 3} Rh{sup -1} dans le flux gamma du puits de stockage, et de 200 a 400 keV a 10{sup 3} Rh{sup -1} et 10{sup 7} n.cm{sup -2}.s{sup -1} dans le canal de pile. D'autre part, la detection d'une impulsion lumineuse de reference, correspondant a 200 keV (NaI) n'est perturbee qu'au dela de quelques centaines de Rh{sup -1} par le rayonnement {gamma} seul, et de 5. 10{sup 6} n.cm{sup -2} s{sup -1} et {approx}500 Rh{sup -1} dans le canal de pile. La dispersion de ces resultats est de l'ordre de 2 pour les 8 tubes eprouves. Nous attribuons a l'effet Cerenkov dans la fenetre du photomultiplicateur, la part principale des effets du rayonnement {gamma}. La discrimination des effets respectifs des neutrons et du rayonnement {gamma} est abordee. Nous n'avons pas constate d'evolution sensible des parametres des photomultiplicateurs etudies, pendant les expositions. Leurs caracteristiques n'ont pas ete modifiees par les doses recues dont le maximum etait de 4.10{sup 12} neutrons.cm{sup 2} et {approx_equal} 3. 10{sup 4} roentgens. L'interet de l'emploi de photomultiplicateurs et circuits rapides, pour reculer les limites d'emploi des photomultiplicateurs sous rayonnements est souligne. (auteur)

  12. Ionisation as indicator for cosmic ray acceleration

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    Schuppan, Florian; Fedrau, Natalie; Tjus, Julia Becker

    2014-01-01

    Astrospheres and wind bubbles of massive stars are believed to be sources of cosmic rays with energies $E\\lesssim 1\\,$TeV. These particles are not directly detectable, but their impact on surrounding matter, in particular ionisation of atomic and molecular hydrogen, can lead to observable signatures. A correlation study of both gamma ray emission, induced by proton-proton interactions of cosmic ray protons with kinetic energies $E_\\mathrm{p}\\ge 280\\,$MeV with ambient hydrogen, and ionisation induced by cosmic ray protons of kinetic energies $E_\\mathrm{p}< 280\\,$MeV can be performed in order to study potential sources of (sub)TeV cosmic rays.

  13. Critical ionisation velocity effects in astrophysical plasmas

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    Critical ionisation velocity effects are relevant to astrophysical situations where neutral gas moves through a magnetised plasma. The experimental significance of the critical velocity is well established and the physical basis is now becoming clear. The underlying mechanism depends on the combined effects of electron impact ionisation and electron energisation by collective plasma interactions. For low density plasmas a theory based on a circular process involving electron heating through a modified two stream instability has been developed. Several applications of critical velocity effects to astrophysical plasmas have been discussed in the literature. The importance of the effect in any particular case may be determined from a detailed consideration of energy and momentum balance, using appropriate atomic rate coefficients and taking full account of collective plasma processes. (Auth.)

  14. Risk from deterministic effects of ionising radiation

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    This publication provides a review of information for assessing deterministic effects on human health likely to arise from serious overexposure to ionising radiation. It updates information in previous Board publications NRPB-R226 and NRPB-M246. It constitutes a parallel document to Documents of the NRPB, 4, No. 4 (1993), which deals with stochastic effects. These two documents, together with Documents of the NRPB, 6, No. 1 (1995), which deals specifically with stochastic risk at low dose rates, give the current Board view on all health consequences of exposure to ionising radiation. Little new primary information on deterministic effects has become available in recent years. However, advances in techniques for data analysis have been made and are incorporated in the present report. These are presented in a form suitable for use in modelling the consequences to populations of serious radiological incidents. (author)

  15. Effects of the ionising radiations on the structure and the function of the intestinal epithelial cell; Effets des rayonnements ionisants sur la structure et la fonction de la cellule epitheliale intestinale

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    Haton, C

    2005-06-15

    The intestinal mucosa is a particularly radio-sensitive tissue and damage may occur following either accidental or therapeutic exposure. the deleterious actions of ionizing radiation are linked to the formation of sometimes overwhelming quantities of reactive oxygen species (R.O.S.). Production of R.O.S. is both direct and indirect from the secondary effects of irradiation. A better comprehension of the underlying mechanisms of injury will lead to more adapted therapeutic approaches to limit the harmful effects of irradiation. The homeostasis of the intestinal epithelium is regulated by three factors: proliferation, apoptosis and differentiation. these three factors were studied using the cell model, HT29, in order to analyze modulations of this balance after irradiation. our results, in agreement with other data, showed the establishment of mitotic delay. This arrest of proliferation was followed by apoptosis to be the major mechanism leading to cell death in this model. thus, for the first time, we have shown that irradiated intestinal epithelial cells preserve their capacity to differentiate. This indicates, although indirectly, that intestinal cells have and preserve an intrinsic capacity restore a functional epithelium. R.O.S. are considered as intermediates between the physical nature of radiations and biological responses. It seems essential to understand anti-oxidant mechanisms used by the cell for defence against the deleterious effects of R.O.S post exposure. This study of several anti-oxidant defence mechanisms of intestinal mucosa, was carried out in vivo in the mouse at different times following abdominal irradiation. We observed an early mitochondrial response in the hours following irradiation revealing this organelle as a particular target. We demonstrated a strong alteration of anti-oxidant capacity as revealed by a decrease in S.O.D.s, catalase and an increase of the G.P.X.s and M.T.s. A part of these modifications appeared to depend on an irradiation-induced inflammatory response. Finally, we showed that the loss of catalase is linked to the onset of structural damage to the mucosa. All of these results orient therapeutic strategies towards inducing the proliferation of crypt cells, rather than an inhibition of apoptosis, since the epithelial cells retain differentiation capacity and so production of functional cells. (aut0009h.

  16. Food ionisation. Realities and perspectives; L'ionisation alimentaire. Realites et perspectives

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    Bonnet, G

    1994-06-01

    The ionisation of food is a treatment using a certain type of energy. the radiations used in the industrial treatments are limited to three sources. The gamma radiations, the x radiations and the electrons beams emitted with accelerators. The physical treatments by ionizing radiations have for aim to cleanse and to increase the conservation time of food. Now, the applications in agriculture and food industry, are still marginal. The industrial using ionisation are these ones that did not find any alternative decontamination method. The barriers are more scientific or technical or economical than a question of regulation or behaviour. (N.C.)

  17. Apport du rayonnement synchrotron à l'étude de cheveux archéologiques

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    Bertrand, L.; Chevallier, P.; Doucet, J.; Simionovici, A.; Tsoucaris, G.; Walter, P.

    2002-07-01

    La préservation dans certains contextes archéologiques des cheveux humains et des fibres animales est favorisée par leur transformation chimique au contact d'objets métalliques. Afin de mieux comprendre les phénomènes complexes mis en jeu, nous avons étudié expérimentalement la fixation de cations métalliques (Cu et Pb) dans des cheveux modèles à partir de différentes méthodes de caractérisation utilisant le rayonnement X synchrotron. Nous avons ainsi pu mettre en évidence la fixation spécifique d'une partie de ces cations au sein des lipides structurés du cheveu. La comparaison entre échantillons modèles et archéologiques apporte de nouvelles données concernant les premières étapes d'altération des cheveux archéologiques.

  18. Ionising energy treatment of fresh fruit

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    The main purposes of the ionising energy treatment of fresh fruit are: the extension of shelf life of the commodity due to a direct physiological effect on the particular product; the extension of shelf life of the commodity due to a reduction in the development of moulds and rots which would normally render the product worthless; and the killing of insect pests of quarantine significance, to allow for normal marketing of fresh fruit without the risk of introducing insect pests to previously pest-free areas

  19. Aux marges du monde arabe

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    Hélène Thiollet

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available L’étude des migrations contemporaines des Érythréens vers le Yémen au tournant des années quatre-vingt-dix permet d’observer les transformations des dynamiques régionales à l’œuvre dans le monde arabe. Les migrations sont un phénomène sensible aux différents aspects (politiques, économiques, culturels, géographiques de l’intégration régionale. Celle si est envisagée dans cet article à travers une approche doublement marginale : -la marginalité géographique de l’Érythrée arabo-africaine et du Yémen, économi­quement isolé dans la péninsule Arabique, -l’étude des migrations formelles et informelles, élément souvent marginal dans l’étude des institutions et des échanges qui constituent un système régional intégré. Cette étude est fondée sur une série d’entretiens menés au Yémen entre février et avril 2002 auprès des administrations yéménites et de la population érythréenne.

  20. Cosmic-ray ionisation in collapsing clouds

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    Padovani, Marco; Galli, Daniele

    2013-01-01

    Cosmic rays (CR) play an important role in dense molecular cores, affecting their thermal and dynamical evolution and initiating the chemistry. Several studies have shown that the formation of protostellar discs in collapsing clouds is severely hampered by the braking torque exerted by the entrained magnetic field on the infalling gas, as long as the field remains frozen to the gas. We examine the possibility that the concentration and twisting of the field lines in the inner region of collapse can produce a significant reduction of the ionisation fraction. To check whether the CR ionisation rate (CRir) can fall below the critical value required to maintain good coupling, we first study the propagation of CRs in a model of a static magnetised cloud varying the relative strength of the toroidal/poloidal components and the mass-to-flux ratio. We then follow the path of CRs using realistic magnetic field configurations generated by numerical simulations of a rotating collapsing core. We find that an increment of...

  1. Immunosuppression by non-ionising and ionising radiation - are there similarities?

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    Solar UV radiation, the ubiqitous environmental non-ionising radiation, initiates its immunomodulating effects almost entirely in the skin. In direct contrast, ionising radiation penetrates much more efficiently, and has a multitude of internal targets throughout the body. As a consequence, the mechanisms underlying UV-induced immunosuppression have been more readily characterised, whereas surprisingly little is known about immunosuppression resulting from ionising radiation. Photoimmunological studies in mice during the past 20-30 years have established the action spectrum for UV-induced immunosuppression, implicating the UVB waveband, 290-320 nm. Controversy rages over the immunosuppressive potential of the UVA waveband, 320-400 nm, but we demonstrate that environmentally relevant doses of UVA not only are immunologically innocuous, but provide protection against UVB-immunosuppression. Increasingly larger UVA exposures increasingly immunosuppress mice. The UVA immunoprotective effect is strongly dependent on the induction of a cutaneous redox-regulated enzyme, haem oxygenase (heat shock protein 32) that is known to protect cells from oxidative stress, and it is consistent that a number of exogenous antioxidants (vitamin E, vitamin C, green tea polyphenols, isoflavones) can protect effectively from photoimmuno-suppression. Thus the UV-immunosuppressed state is promoted by oxidative damage and depletion of endogenous antioxidant molecules. It is also associated with cutaneous cytokine derangements, such that Th-2 cytokines (IL-4, IL-10) are increased at the expense of Th-1 cytokines (IFN-gamma, IL-12), and with histamine and inflammatory prostaglandin activity. In contrast, immunoprotective UVA irradiation protects the cutaneous cytokine array, inhibits IL-10 upregulation and increases IFN-gamma and IL-12 expression. On the other hand, while ionising radiation is known to cause immunosuppression, large doses target the bone marrow and haemopoiesis lethally and

  2. Development of an optical digital ionisation chamber

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    We are developing a new device for optically detecting and imaging the track of a charged particle in a gas. The electrons in the particle track are made to oscillate rapidly by the application of an external, short duration, high voltage, RF electric field. The excited electrons produce additional ionisation and electronic excitation of the gas molecules in their immediate vicinity, leading to copious light emission (fluorescence) from the selected gas, allowing the location of the electrons along the track to be determined. Two digital cameras simultaneously scan the emitted light across two perpendicular planes outside the chamber containing the gas. The information thus obtained for a given track can be used to infer relevant quantities for microdosimetry and dosimetry, e.g. energy deposited, LET, and track structure in the gas. The design of such a device now being constructed and methods of obtaining the dosimetric data from the digital output will be described. (author)

  3. Effects of the electric field on ionisation in two different types of ionisation chambers

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    A parallel plate cavity ionisation chamber was irradiated with 60Co γ rays from the polarising electrode. Beyond the recombinations region, the output current of the chamber increases (decreases) linearly with applied positive (negative) voltage. This effect is attributed to the change in the stopping power of air due to acceleration or deceleration of secondary electrons in the applied electric field. In a free-air ionisation chamber, secondary electrons emitted in the direction of the electric field lose energy and those emitted in the opposite direction gain energy and, hence, cause a reduction or enhancement in ionisation, respectively. Computer calculations have shown that the enhancement and reduction are in a range from 0.15 to 0.3% when exposure is measured for X rays generated at a tube voltage of 60-300 kV and at an electric field strength of 20 KV.m-1. The net increase in the output current change at this field strength is smaller than the calculation uncertainties. (author)

  4. Innershell ionisation at small impactparameters in proton-atom collisions

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    This thesis concentrates on innershell ionisation in proton-atom collisions. An experiment on K-shell ionisation of argon is described, performed in a gasfilled collision chamber under single collision conditions. Further experiments with carbon and aluminium were performed, the K-shell vacancy production in the collision of protons with these atoms being detected through the measurement of Auger-electrons. A spectrometer with a large solid angle was specially constructed for this and its performance is described. K-shell ionisation accompanying nuclear (p,γ) reactions has also been measured using 26Mg and 27Al. (Auth./C.F.)

  5. Innovations in gas filled ionisation chambers

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    The gas filled parallel plate ion chamber and coaxial cylindrical ion chambers are widely used for detection of nuclear radiations for more than hundred years. Thin Metal electrodes or metal coated planes are used as cathode and anodes in both parallel plate and cylindrical ionization chambers since its invention. For neutral particle detection, either the ionising medium or a coated electrode surface is used as a converter material for producing secondary charged particles which are detected in these ionisation chambers. Boron, and 235U are coated as thin layer on the cathode surface with optimum thickness to give maximum neutron detection sensitivity. The neutron sensitivity mostly depends upon the coated surface area and to enhance the neutron sensitivity diameter and the length/ diameter of the coated electrodes have to be increased which also results in an increase in the volume of the counter. For many applications, it is necessary to reduce the size of the counter by a factor of 2 to 5 but having the same efficiency. Recently this has been achieved by designing a non planar electrode surface/ s which has surface area larger by a factor or up to five keeping the external dimensions the same. By using this new technique, it is possible to increase the coated area up to 5 times, without changing the overall dimensions of the counter both for proportional counters and ion chambers. The three methods have been developed to enhance the neutron sensitivity the use of: additional coated wires, coated baffles, coated fins: in sensitive volume of gas detectors. The introduction of these three-dimensional boron coated structures into the sensitive volume without enlarging the outer detector dimensions increases the Boron/Uranium content in the sensitive region without any significant change in the nature of the pulses from these counters. In the newly developed Wire Plane Chambers both in the DC mode and pulse mode, wire planes have been used as anode and cathodes with

  6. Radiological risk from Am-241 in ionisation smoke chambers

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    The author discusses the risk to man from the use of ionisation smoke chamber detectors with an Am-241 radiation source. The estimated dose is compared with that due to natural radioactivity. (G.T.H.)

  7. Electron impact single ionisation of multiply charged krypton ions

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    Absolute cross sections σsub(q,q+1) for electron impact single ionisation of Krsup(q+) ions (q = 1, 2, 3) have been measured for electron energies up to 700 eV by employing a dynamic crossed-beams technique. The experimental data significantly exceed the Lotz prediction for direct ionisation of Kr2+ and Kr3+ ions, indicating the importance of indirect processes for multiply charged Krsup(q+) ions. The observed ionisation thresholds of cross sections from the present measurements as well as of data from other workers indicate the presence of metastable ions in the parent ion beams. The influence of metastable states on the cross sections is discussed on the basis of Lotz calculations for direct ionisation from different excited states, and differences observed in the experiments are rationalised. (author)

  8. QUANTIFICATIONS OF THE DETRIMENTAL HEALTHEFFECTS OF IONISING RADIATION

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    Walsh, Linda

    2013-01-01

    This thesis, presented to The University of Manchester in 2012 by Dr. Linda Walsh, is in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) and is entitled “Quantifications of the detrimental health effects of ionising radiation.” A body of work and ensuing publications covering 2000–2012 are presented, predominantly concerning studies of various cohorts of people exposed to ionising radiation. The major areas cover epidemiological and statistical studies on the Life spa...

  9. Rayonnements Secondaires Cohérents Émis lors de la Filamentation Laser Femtoseconde

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    La filamentation laser est un phénomène optique non-linéaire qui apparaît spontanément au cours de la propagation d’une impulsion laser ultracourte intense dans un milieu transparent, quand sa puissance crête dépasse une valeur critique (quelques Gigawatts dans l’air). A un tel niveau d’intensité le faisceau a tendance à se contracter en raison de l’effet Kerr optique jusqu’à ce que l’intensité devienne suffisamment élevée pour ioniser le milieu, donnant naissance à un plasma de défocalisatio...

  10. {alpha} Spectroscopy by the method of grid ionization grid chamber, application to the case of uranium; Spectrographie {alpha} par la methode de la chambre d'ionisation a grille application a l'uranium

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    Sayag, G.J. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1951-06-15

    Le present work had for aim the verification of the operating of an equipment: chamber of grid ionization, amplifiers and discriminator with nine channels, constructed by the, Commissariat a l'energie Atomique to serve for the {alpha} spectroscopy. To this occasion, different measurements had been done on a source of uranium: energy of the {alpha} of U{sub 234} and U{sub 235} according to those of them {alpha} of U{sub 238} taken as standard, relative intensities, of the {alpha} radiation of the three isotopes and notably of the low abundant group due to the isotope 235. (author) [French] Le present travail a eu pour objet la verification du fonctionnement d'un appareillage: chambre d'ionisation a grille, amplificateurs et discriminateur a neuf canaux, construit par le Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique pour servir a la spectroscopie {alpha}. A cette occasion, differentes mesures ont ete effectuees sur une source d'uranium: energie des {alpha} de U{sub 234} et de U{sub 235} en fonction de celle des {alpha} de U{sub 238} prise pour etalon, intensites relatives des rayonnement {alpha} des trois isotopes et notamment du groupe peu abondant du a l'isotope 235. (auteur)

  11. Nanoscale photoelectron ionisation detector based on lanthanum hexaboride

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    Zimmer, C.M.; Kunze, U. [Werkstoffe und Nanoelektronik, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, 44780 Bochum (Germany); Schubert, J. [Institute of Bio- and Nanosystems (IBN-1) and JARA-Fundamentals of Future Information Technology, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Hamann, S. [Werkstoffe der Mikrotechnik, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, 44780 Bochum (Germany); Doll, T. [Institut fuer Physik, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Adlantis Dortmund, 44263 Dortmund (Germany)

    2011-06-15

    A nanoscale ioniser is presented exceeding the limitation of conventional photoionisation detectors. It employs accelerated photoelectrons that allow obtaining molecule specificity by the tuning of ionisation energies. The material lanthanum hexaboride (LaB{sub 6}) is used as air stable photo cathode. Thin films of that material deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) show quantum efficiency (QE) in the range of 10{sup -5} which is comparable to laser photo stimulation results. A careful treatment of the material yields reasonable low work functions even after surface reoxidation which opens up the possibility of using ultraviolet light emitting diodes (UV LEDs) in replacement of discharge lamps. Schematic diagram of a photoelectron ionisation detector (PeID) operating by an electron emitter based on the photoelectric effect of lanthanum hexaboride. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  12. The RF System for the International Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment

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    Ronald, K.; Dick, A.J.; Speirs, D.C.; Moss, A.; Grant, A.; White, C.; Griffiths, S.; Stanley, T.; Li, D.; DeMello, A.J.; Virostek, S.; Moretti, A.; Pasquinelli, R.; Peterson, D.; Schultz, R.; Volk, J.; Popovic, M.; Torun, Y.; Hanlet, P.; Alsari, S.; Long, K.; Pasternak, J.; Hunt, C.; Summers, D.; Luo, T.; Smith, P.J.

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    The International Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment (MICE) is designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of ionisation cooling to reduce the phase space footprint of a charged particle beam, principally to allow the subsequent acceleration of muons for next generation colliders and/or neutrino factories. The experiment (and indeed any subsequent accelerator cooling channel based on the same principles) poses certain unusual requirements on its RF system, whilst the precision measurement of the ionisation cooling process demands special diagnostics. This paper shall outline the key features of the RF system, including the low level RF control, the power amplifier chain, distribution network, cavities, tuners and couplers, many parts of which are required to operate in a high magnetic field environment. The RF diagnostics which, in conjunction with the other MICE diagnostics, shall allow detailed knowledge of the amplitude and phase of the acceleration field during the transit of each individual muon will also ...

  13. The effectiveness of photocatalytic ionisation disinfection of filter materials.

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    Pietrzak, Katarzyna; Gutarowska, Beata

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of photocatalytic ionisation as a disinfection method for filter materials contaminated by microorganisms, and to assess how air relative humidity (RH), time and microbe type influence the effectiveness of this disinfection. In the quantitative analysis of a used car air filter, bacterial contamination equalled 1.2 x 10(5) cfu/cm2, fungal contamination was 3.8 x 10(6) cfu/cm2, and the isolated microorganisms were Aspergillus niger, Bacillus megaterium, Cladosporium herbarum, Cryptococcus laurenti, Micrococcus sp., Rhodotorula glutinis and Staphylococcus cohnii. In the model experiment, three isolates (C. herbarum, R. glutinis, S. cohnii) and 3 ATCC species (A. niger, E. coli, S. aureus) were used for photocatalytic ionisation disinfection. The conditions of effective photocatalytic ionisation disinfection (R > or = 99.9%) were established as 2-3 h at RH = 77% (bacteria) and 6-24 h at RH = 53% (fungi). RH has an influence on the effectiveness of the photocatalytic disinfection process; the highest effectiveness was obtained for bacteria at RH = 77%, with results 5% higher than for RH = 49%. The studies show that the sensitivity of microorganisms to photocatalytic ionisation disinfection is ordered as follows: Gram-positive bacteria (S. cohnii, S. aureus), Gram-negative bacteria (E. coli), yeasts (R. glutinis), and moulds (C. herbarum, A. niger). Of all the mathematical models used for the description of death dynamics after photocatalytic ionisation disinfection, the Chick-Watson model is the most useful, but for more resistant microorganisms, the delayed Chick-Watson model is highly recommended. It therefore seems, that the presented disinfection method of photocatalytic ionisation can be successfully used to clean filtration materials. PMID:24053016

  14. Liquid-xenon γ-camera with ionisation readout

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    The successful operation of a liquid-xenon ionisation chamber with imaging capability is reported. A bi-dimensional readout based on a mini-strip plate--a glass slab with metal strips deposited along two perpendicular directions--was developed and studied both experimentally and by computation. An image of a 122 keV γ-source of 5 mm diameter was obtained with a liquid-xenon ionisation chamber equipped with such readout. A position resolution better than 2 mm was achieved

  15. An application of resonant ionisation spectroscopy to accelerator based high energy physics

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    The simulation of charged particle tracks by pulsed UV lasers is now used extensively in the calibration of multiwire drift chambers. The identity of the trace quantities of low ionisation potential impurities responsible for the laser induced ionisation in conventional chamber gases has caused much discussion. Using two photon resonant ionisation spectroscopy two of the major sources of ionisation in proportional counters have been identified as phenol and toluene. (author)

  16. Notes de voyage aux Iles Baleares

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    Maurice LOUIS

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Les excursions du 1Vº Cours de Préhistoire et d'Archéologie, organisé en 1950 par l'Université de Barcelone en collaboratión avec l'Institut de Prehistoire méditerranéenne du Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas d'Espagne, on conduit les participants aux Iles Baléares afin d'étudier sur place la civilisation dite "des talayots" de Majorque et de Minorque.

  17. An implementation of ionisation energy loss in very thin absorbers for the GEANT4 simulation package

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    Apostolakis, John; Urbàn, L; Maire, M; Bagulya, A V; Grichine, V M

    2000-01-01

    We discuss an implementation of Photo Absorption Ionisation model describing ionisation energy loss produced by a relativistic charged particle in very thin absorbers. The implementation allows us to calculate ionisation energy losses in any material consisting of elements with atomic numbers in the range 1-100. Comparisons of simulation with the experimental data from gaseous and solid state detectors are presented. (24 refs).

  18. The case against protecting the environment from ionising radiation

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    The objective of this paper is to present the (rarely heard) argument in favour of retention of the present system of radiation protection of the environment. There has been a recent trend in the radioecological and radiation protection community towards greater regulation of the effects of ionising radiations on biota. In particular, the often quoted International Commission on Radiation Protection (ICRP) hypothesis that: If humans are protected from the effects of ionising radiation, then flora and fauna are also adequately protected has been criticised as being too anthropocentric and not adequate for protection of the environment. In this paper I will challenge this view, arguing firstly that this statement is almost always quoted out of its proper context, and secondly that the ICRP hypothesis does adequately protect the environment from the effects of ionising radiations. In view of the relatively insignificant effect of regulated releases of ionising radiation on the environment, the economic cost of further regulation will not result in a significant environmental benefit. Whilst empirical research to test the ICRP hypothesis should continue, until there is clear evidence against it, this simple and cost-effective approach should be retained. This would benefit the environment by directing scarce resources to more urgent environmental problems. (author)

  19. Cost considerations for an ionising energy treatment facility

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    Variables influencing the cost of food irradiation can be included under three broad headings: the physical characteristics of products to be treated; the operational characteristics of the plant to be used; costs of establishment and operation of an ionising energy treatment

  20. Dosimetry techniques of thermal neutrons and {gamma} radiation in reactor cores; Techniques de dosimetrie des neutrons thermiques et du rayonnement {gamma} dans les piles

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    Sutton, J.; Draganic, I.; Hering, H. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1955-07-01

    Chemical studies under radiation done in the reactor cores require to be followed by dosimetry. When the irradiations are done in the reflector, one can limit to the measure of the {gamma} and the neutron radiation. For the dosimetry of the {gamma} radiation, a dosimeter of ferrous sulfate is convenient until doses of about 10{sup 6} rep. The use of aired oxalic acid solutions permits to reach 10{sup 7} rep. The dosimetry of thermal neutrons has been made with solutions of cobalt sulphate or paper filter impregnated with this salt. The total chemical effect of the {gamma} and of the slow neutrons radiation is obtained with solutions of ferrous sulfate added with lithium sulphate. (M.B.) [French] Les etudes de chimie sous radiation faites dans les piles exigent d'etre suivies par dosimetrie. Lorsque les irradiations sont effectues dans le reflecteur, on peut se limiter a doser le rayonnement {gamma} et les neutrons. Pour la dosimetrie du rayonnement {gamma}, un dosimetre a sulfate ferreux convient jusqu'a des doses d'environ 10{sup 6} rep. L'emploi de solutions aerees d'acide oxalique permet d'atteindre 10{sup 7} rep. La dosimetrie des neutrons thermiques a ete faite avec des solutions de sulfate de cotalt ou du papier filtre impregne de ce sel. L'effet chimique total du rayonnement {gamma} et des neutrons lents est obtenu avec des solutions de sulfate ferreux additionne de sulfate de lithium. (M.B.)

  1. La diaspora, instrument de la politique de puissance et de rayonnement de l’Inde à l’île Maurice et dans le monde

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    Anouck Carsignol-Singh

    2009-01-01

    Les Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) ont depuis le début du XXe siècle servi de levier à l’intelligentsia indienne pour rehausser l’image du pays et contribuer à son rayonnement culturel sur la scène internationale, en tant qu’ambassadeurs culturels de l’Inde dans leur pays de résidence. Aujourd’hui, les nouveaux liens établis entre New Delhi et les Non Resident Indians (NRI) dépassent largement le cadre de la diplomatie culturelle, et leur mobilisation économique ou politique en faveur du trai...

  2. Introduction aux études historiques

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    Langlois, Charles-Victor; Seignobos, Charles; Noiriel, Gérard

    2014-01-01

    L’Introduction aux études historiques constitue le texte de référence de ce qu’on a appelé « l’école méthodique historique » française. Ce manuel cherche à définir les règles de la méthode historique afin de contribuer à asseoir la scientificité d’une discipline, l’histoire, dans le contexte de sa professionnalisation universitaire. Le texte affirme le primat des archives comme preuves et sources du récit historique, et revient sur les différentes étapes du travail sur archives, de la localis...

  3. Airborne laser-spark for ambient desorption/ionisation.

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    Bierstedt, Andreas; Riedel, Jens

    2016-01-01

    A novel direct sampling ionisation scheme for ambient mass spectrometry is presented. Desorption and ionisation are achieved by a quasi-continuous laser induced plasma in air. Since there are no solid or liquid electrodes involved the ion source does not suffer from chemical interferences or fatigue originating from erosive burning or from electrode consumption. The overall plasma maintains electro-neutrality, minimising charge effects and accompanying long term drift of the charged particles trajectories. In the airborne plasma approach the ambient air not only serves as the plasma medium but at the same time also slows down the nascent ions via collisional cooling. Ionisation of the analyte molecules does not occur in the plasma itself but is induced by interaction with nascent ionic fragments, electrons and/or far ultraviolet photons in the plasma vicinity. At each individual air-spark an audible shockwave is formed, providing new reactive species, which expands concentrically and, thus, prevents direct contact of the analyte with the hot region inside the plasma itself. As a consequence the interaction volume between plasma and analyte does not exceed the threshold temperature for thermal dissociation or fragmentation. Experimentally this indirect ionisation scheme is demonstrated to be widely unspecific to the chemical nature of the analyte and to hardly result in any fragmentation of the studied molecules. A vast ensemble of different test analytes including polar and non-polar hydrocarbons, sugars, low mass active ingredients of pharmaceuticals as well as natural biomolecules in food samples directly out of their complex matrices could be shown to yield easily accessible yet meaningful spectra. Since the plasma medium is humid air, the chemical reaction mechanism of the ionisation is likely to be similar to other ambient ionisation techniques. Wir stellen hier eine neue Ionisationsmethode für die Umgebungsionisation (ambient ionisation) vor. Sowohl die

  4. Cytogenetic effects of low ionising radiation doses and biological dosimetry

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    Gricienė, Birutė

    2010-01-01

    The intensive use of ionising radiation (IR) sources and development of IR technology is related to increased exposure and adverse health risk to workers and public. The unstable chromosome aberration analysis in the group of nuclear energy workers (N=84) has shown that doses below annual dose limit (50 mSv) can induce chromosome aberrations in human peripheral blood lymphocytes. Significantly higher frequencies of the total chromosome aberrations were determened in the study group when compa...

  5. Two-dimensional readout in a liquid xenon ionisation chamber

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    A two-dimensional readout with metal strips deposited on both sides of a glass plate is investigated aiming to assess the possibility of its use in a liquid xenon ionisation chamber for positron emission tomography. Here, we present results obtained with an α-source. It is shown that position resolution of ≤1 mm, fwhm, can be achieved for free charge depositions equivalent to those due to γ-rays with energy from 220 down to 110 keV

  6. Basic radiation chemistry for the ionising energy treatment of food

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    Before we can understand the chemistry involved in the irradiation of complex substances such as food we need to have some appreciation of the reactions involved and the products formed when ionising energy interacts with the simple substances such as water and dilute solutions. Reactions involving hydrated electrons, hydrogen atoms and hydroxyl radicals are examined and methods for minimising radiolytic effects in foods are discussed

  7. Medical use of ionising radiation - challenges for the third millennium

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    From the very beginning after its discovery ionising radiation has been in beneficial use for health care. But even the drawbacks showed up very early: only a few months after Roentgens discovery reports were published on patients who got severe skin damage after fluoroscopy with x-rays. This finding of the adverse effects was soon turned into something positive: ionising radiation could be used for treatment of cancer. In 1928 radiologists took the initiative to the foundation of what later became the International Commission on Radiological Protection, ICRP. Medical use of ionising radiation is giving by far the largest contribution to the radiation burden of the global population from artificial sources, on average 0,3 mSv per year and inhabitant, excluding doses from radiation treatment. In the Nordic countries this dose is approximately 0,7 mSv. This isn't a problem by itself. The total benefit is exceeding the total radiation risk with large margins. But the margins could even be larger. Methods for examinations and treatments have often a potential for improvements, meaning that the medical effect can be obtained with a lower dose to the patient. In certain circumstances the examination does not contribute to the further treatment of the patient or to her/his well-being and is then regarded as not justified. The huge challenge we are facing depends among other things on the extreme fast technical development which enables exposures of a magnitude that we haven't seen before and applications we only could dream about. There is a risk that the motto 'do what is possible to do' is followed instead of 'do what the individual patient needs'. This presentation addresses the possibilities, but also the dangers that medical use of ionising radiation in medical care is facing in the new millennium, or at least in its first years. (orig.)

  8. Multi-electron ionisation in driven atoms and molecules

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    Price, H.

    2014-01-01

    In this thesis we formulate sophisticated quasiclassical techniques to describe corre- lated electron dynamics in atoms and diatomic molecules that are either absorbing a single photon or are driven by strong infrared laser fields. The first part of this thesis concerns the multi-electron ionisation in atoms following single-photon absorption. For excess photon energies close to threshold, the Wannier threshold law predicts that the electrons escape in the most symmetric way. We describe the ...

  9. Ionising radiation safety training in the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO)

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    Training personnel in ionising radiation safety within the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) requires addressing some unique features of an organisation employing both military and civilian personnel. Activities may include those of a civil nature (such as industrial and medical radiography), specific military requirements (for training and emergency response) and scientific research and development. Some personnel may be assigned to full-time duties associated with radiation. However, most are designated as radiation protection officers as a secondary duty. A further complication is that most military personnel are subjected to postings at regular intervals. The ADO's Directorate of Defence Occupational Health and Safety has established an Ionising Radiation Safety Subcommittee to monitor not only the adequacy of the internal Ionising Radiation Safety Manual but also the training requirements. A Training Course, responding to these requirements, has been developed to emphasize, basic radiation theory and protection, operation of radiation monitors available in the ADO, an understanding of the Ionising Radiation Safety Manual, day-to-day radiation safety in units and establishments, and appropriate responses to radiation accidents and emergencies. In addition, students are briefed on a limited number of peripheral topics and participate in some site visits. Currently, two Courses are held annually, each with about twenty students. Most of the material is presented by ADO personnel with external contractor support. The three Courses held to date have proved successful, both for the students and the ADO generally. To seek national accreditation of the course through the Australian National Training Authority, as a first step, competency standards have been proposed. (authors)

  10. IEC standards for individual monitoring of ionising radiation

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    This paper presents IEC/SC 45B 'Radiation protection instrumentation' and its standards for individual monitoring of ionising radiation: IEC 61526 Ed. 3 for active personal dosemeters and IEC 62387-1 for passive integrating dosimetry systems. The transposition of these standards as CENELEC (European) standards is also discussed together with the collaboration between IEC/SC 45B and ISO/TC 85/SC 2. (authors)

  11. Complex systems of biological interest stability under ionising radiations

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    This PhD work presents the study of stability of molecular systems of biological interest in the gas phase after interaction with ionising radiations. The use of ionising radiation can probe the physical chemistry of complex systems at the molecular scale and thus consider their intrinsic properties. Beyond the fundamental aspect, this work is part of the overall understanding of radiation effects on living organisms and in particular the use of ionizing radiation in radiotherapy. Specifically, this study focused on the use of low-energy multiply charged ions (tens of keV) provided by the GANIL (Caen), which includes most of the experiments presented. In addition, experiments using VUV photons were also conducted at synchrotron ELETTRA (Trieste, Italy). The bio-molecular systems studied are amino acids and nucleic acid constituents. Using an experimental crossed beams device allows interaction between biomolecules and ionising radiation leads mainly to the ionization and fragmentation of the system. The study of its relaxation dynamics is by time-of-flight mass spectrometry coupled to a coincidences measurements method. It is shown that an approach combining experiment and theory allows a detailed study of the fragmentation dynamics of complex systems. The results indicate that fragmentation is generally governed by the Coulomb repulsion but the intramolecular rearrangements involve specific relaxation mechanisms. (author)

  12. Ionising radiation from uranium mining in Australia - some legal issues

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    Despite the industrial dangers associated with the extraction and milling of uranium ore, it was not until 1978 that legislation brought into force a Code of Practice in Australia which required surveillance and monitoring of radiation levels in the mine site and mill and which set limits on the exposure of individual workers. The paper briefly describes the dangers confronting uranium mine and mill workers; it then summarises the 1980 Code of Practice on the Mining and Milling of Radioactive Ores and explains the legal status of that Code. Criminal sanctions attaching to the Code may not readily be enforceable in practice. After alluding to the types of injuries which may flow from exposure to ionising radiation, the paper seeks to demonstrate that breaches of the Code of Practice will not necessarily result in civil liability, on the part of a mine operator, to pay common law damages to workers injured by exposure to ionising radiation. This is largely because the injured worker must prove that a particular injury is causally connected with exposure to a particular agent in a particular place, on the balance of probabilities, and it is doubtful whether a particular radiogenic injury can be traced to a particular cause. Thus, in practice, workers exposed to ionising radiation may not be able to avail themselves of common law remedies. Their rights under workers compensation legislation may be exclusive, in the circumstances. The paper concludes with suggestions for reform

  13. Erich Regener and the maximum in ionisation of the atmosphere

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    Carlson, P

    2014-01-01

    In the 1930s the German physicist Erich Regener (1881-1955) did important work on the measurement of the rate of production of ionisation deep under-water and in the atmosphere. He discovered, along with one of his students, Georg Pfotzer, the altitude at which the production of ionisation in the atmosphere reaches a maximum, often, but misleadingly, called the Pfotzer maximum. Regener was one of the first to estimate the energy density of cosmic rays, an estimate that was used by Baade and Zwicky to bolster their postulate that supernovae might be their source. Yet Regener's name is less recognised by present-day cosmic ray physicists than it should be largely because in 1937 he was forced to take early retirement by the National Socialists as his wife had Jewish ancestors. In this paper we briefly review his work on cosmic rays and recommend an alternative naming of the ionisation maximum. The influence that Regener had on the field through his son, his son-in-law, his grandsons and his students and through...

  14. Impact ionisation measurement and modelling of long wavelength avalanche photodiodes

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    Ng, J S

    2003-01-01

    Impact ionisation coefficients are measured in In sub 0 sub . sub 5 sub 3 Ga sub 0 sub . sub 4 sub 7 As and excess noise characteristics are measured in sub-micron ln sub 0 sub . sub 5 sub 2 Al sub 0 sub . sub 4 sub 8 As. Photomultiplication measurements performed on a series of In sub 0 sub . sub 5 sub 3 Ga sub 0 sub . sub 4 sub 7 As p-i-n diodes are reported. Taking careful account of factors which could give rise to erroneous results at low fields, ln sub 0 sub . sub 5 sub 3 Ga sub 0 sub . sub 4 sub 7 As ionisation coefficients are deduced at room temperature as a function of electric field. The results confirm the low field ionisation behaviour of alpha and the conventional field dependence of beta. Excess avalanche noise factors of In sub 0 sub . sub 5 sub 2 Al sub 0 sub . sub 4 sub 8 As p-i-n diodes, with i-region thicknesses ranging from 1.0 mu m to 0.1 mu m, are reported. The results indicate effective beta/alpha values lying between 0.15 and 0.23, comparable with or lower than the values reported in ...

  15. Keeping the Universe ionised: Photo-ionisation heating and the critical star formation rate at redshift z = 6

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    Pawlik, Andreas H; van Scherpenzeel, Eveline

    2008-01-01

    The critical star formation rate density required to keep the intergalactic hydrogen ionised depends crucially on the average rate of recombinations in the intergalactic medium (IGM). This rate is proportional to the clumping factor C = / avg(rho_b)^2, where rho_b and avg(rho_b) are the local and cosmic mean baryon density, respectively, and the brackets indicate spatial averaging over the recombining gas in the IGM. We perform a suite of cosmological smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulations that include radiative cooling to calculate the volume-weighted clumping factor of the IGM at redshifts z >= 6. We focus on the effect of photo-ionisation heating by a uniform ultra-violet background and find that photo-heating strongly reduces the clumping factor because the increased pressure support smoothes out small-scale density fluctuations. Photo-ionisation heating is often said to provide a negative feedback on the reionisation of the IGM because it suppresses the cosmic star formation rate by boiling the ga...

  16. Semiclassical calculation of ionisation rate for Rydberg helium atoms in an electric field

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    Wang De-Hua

    2011-01-01

    The ionisation of Rydberg helium atoms in an electric field above the classical ionisation threshold has been examined using the semiclassical method, with particular emphasis on discussing the influence of the core scattering on the escape dynamics of electrons. The results show that the Rydberg helium atoms ionise by emitting a train of electron pulses. Unlike the case of the ionisation of Rydberg hydrogen atom in parallel electric and magnetic fields,where the pulses of the electron are caused by the external magnetic field, the pulse trains for Rydberg helium atoms are created through core scattering. Each peak in the ionisation rate corresponds to the contribution of one core-scattered combination trajectory. This fact further illustrates that the ionic core scattering leads to the chaotic property of the Rydberg helium atom in external fields. Our studies provide a simple explanation for the escape dynamics in the ionisation of nonhydrogenic atoms in external fields.

  17. Etude expérimentale et modélisation Monte Carlo des grandeurs opérationnelles en métrologie des rayonnements ionisants : application à la dosimétrie neutrons par radiophotoluminescence

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    Salem, Youbba Ould

    2014-01-01

    Nous mettons au point un dosimètre passif capable de détecter les neutrons rapides et thermiques, destiné à la fois à la dosimétrie d'ambiance et personnelle. Ce dosimètre détecte les neutrons au moyen de convertisseurs appropriés (polyéthylène et cadmium). Cette étude s'est appuyée sur des simulations Monte Carlo, qui ont aidé à la conception géométrique du dosimètre et au choix des matériaux. La caractérisation expérimentale du dosimètre montre que les réponses à ces neutrons en termes de H...

  18. Étude de l’induction optique d’une émission laser DFB dans les scintillateurs organiques en vue d’une mesure active des rayonnements ionisants.

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    Michel, Maugan

    2014-01-01

    Transducers used for nuclear measurements are divided into two groups. The first one is made of detectors based on the movement of charged carriers created during the interaction of ionizing radiation with materials (ionization chambers, semiconductors, etc.). The second comprises scintillating materials which emit light following such interaction.The present work aims at shifting the current paradigm in order to achieve an active measurement of the interactions between particles and sensor. ...

  19. Ionizing radiation sources: very diversified means, multiple applications and a changing regulatory environment. Conference proceedings; Les sources de rayonnements ionisants: des moyens tres diversifies, des applications multiples et une reglementation en evolution. Recueil des presentations

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    This document brings together the available presentations given at the conference organised by the French society of radiation protection about ionizing radiation source means, applications and regulatory environment. Twenty eight presentations (slides) are compiled in this document and deal with: 1 - Overview of sources - some quantitative data from the national inventory of ionizing radiation sources (Yann Billarand, IRSN); 2 - Overview of sources (Jerome Fradin, ASN); 3 - Regulatory framework (Sylvie Rodde, ASN); 4 - Alternatives to Iridium radiography - the case of pressure devices at the manufacturing stage (Henri Walaszek, Cetim; Bruno Kowalski, Welding Institute); 5 - Dosimetric stakes of medical scanner examinations (Jean-Louis Greffe, Charleroi hospital of Medical University); 6 - The removal of ionic smoke detectors (Bruno Charpentier, ASN); 7 - Joint-activity and reciprocal liabilities - Organisation of labour risk prevention in case of companies joint-activity (Paulo Pinto, DGT); 8 - Consideration of gamma-graphic testing in the organization of a unit outage activities (Jean-Gabriel Leonard, EDF); 9 - Radiological risk control at a closed and independent work field (Stephane Sartelet, Areva); 10 - Incidents and accidents status and typology (Pascale Scanff, IRSN); 11 - Regional overview of radiation protection significant events (Philippe Menechal, ASN); 12 - Incident leading to a tritium contamination in and urban area - consequences and experience feedback (Laurence Fusil, CEA); 13 - Experience feedback - loss of sealing of a calibration source (Philippe Mougnard, Areva); 14 - Blocking incident of a {sup 60}Co source (Bruno Delille, Salvarem); 15 - Triggering of gantry's alarm: status of findings (Philippe Prat, Syctom); 16 - Non-medical electric devices: regulatory changes (Sophie Dagois, IRSN; Jerome Fradin, ASN); 17 - Evaluation of the dose equivalent rate in pulsed fields: method proposed by the IRSN and implementation test (Laurent Donadille, IRSN); 18 - Dosimetry in the environment of a ultra-high intensity laser (Jean-Marie Fauquant, Pascal Monot, CEA); 19 - Use of operational dosemeters in interventional radiology/cardiology: results of the Oramed European project (Isabelle Clairand, IRSN); 20 - Awareness-raising to nuclear materials protection and control among 'small owners' (David Ladsous, IRSN); 21 - Management of spent sealed sources (Bernard Sevestre, CEA); 22 - Preparation and implementation of a withdrawal plan for radioactive Overvoltage arresters (Robert Farejeaux, France Telecom); 23 - Radioactive sources transport Regulation (Gabriel Meyer, ASN); 24 - Status after 3 years of Camari examination (certificate of professional competence in the handling of industrial radiological devices) 2008-2011 (Jean-Pierre Vidal, IRSN) 25 - Approval of cases for the internal transport of calibration sources (Jean-Pierre Marcassoli, Areva); 26 - Use of measurement devices, except radiometers, for the technical and environmental radiation protection controls of sources and devices (Thierry Lahaye, DGT); 27 - Complexity of radiation protection controls of unaccessible sources (Philippe Tranchant, Technam Industrie); 28 - Isemir (Information System on Occupational Exposure in Medicine, Industry and Research) - Report from the working group on industrial radiography (Gonzague Abela, EDF)

  20. Synthèse et évalutaion de nouveaux composés organiques et phosphorés contre les effets des rayonnements ionisants. Etude de leur mécanisme d'action in vitro.

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    Prouillac, C.

    2006-01-01

    This work falls under a research program. The aim was to synthesize new organic phosphorylated compounds having an interesting radiopharmacological activity without toxicity. That's why, we carried out the synthesis of new benzothiazole and thiadiazole N-substituted derivatives as thiols, aminothiols, acids thiosulfonic and phosphorothioates. All these compounds were characterized by NMR (proton, carbon, phosphorus, 2D), by mass spectrometry, elementary analyzes and for some of them by diffra...

  1. Recent trends in utilising ionising radiations for nondestructive evaluation of materials (Preprint No. SP-3)

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    The various NDT techniques based on the use of ionising radiations can be broadly classified into radiography, radiation gaging techniques and analytical techniques. This paper highlights the state of art of these techniques along with their applications. While an effort has been made to cover the major techniques based on ionising radiations, many techniques utilising ionising radiations as xeroradiography, laminography, ionography etc, have not been dealt with due to their restricted applications. (author). 23 refs., 4 figs

  2. Mercury clusters: Jellium-like mass spectra and threshold laws for electron impact ionisation

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    Mercury clusters have been ionised by impact of electrons of variable kinetic energy. For cluster sizes n≤540 a linear threshold law is observed, which allows an accurate identification of the ionisation energies. The differences to photo ionisation are discussed. Jellium like intensity variations are observed in the mass spectra, in a size region where the bonding in Hg clusters has not yet become metallic. (orig.)

  3. Double blind trial of ionisers in children with asthma sensitive to the house dust mite.

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    Warner, J. A.; Marchant, J L; Warner, J O

    1993-01-01

    BACKGROUND--Manufacturers of ionisers claim many benefits from the use of their devices, including the relief of asthma. Particles removed from the air are likely to include airborne allergens, so ionisers may achieve an effect by reducing the allergen load. METHODS--The effect of ionisers on airborne concentrations of house dust mite allergen Der p I was investigated in a double blind, crossover, placebo controlled trial in the homes of 20 children with allergic asthma. Subjects recorded the...

  4. Molecular and collisional processes during three photon ionisation transitions in caesium and rubidium vapours

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    Interesting molecular and collisional processes are evident during three photon ionisation transitions in caesium and rubidium vapours. In particular, for caesium vapour broad hybrid resonances (molecular plus atomic transitions) have been identified. In rubidium vapour three photon ionisation s-nd, s-ns transitions as well as forbidden s-np have been observed with the s-s transitions being more prominent than theory predicts. These observations have been explained in terms of collisional ionisation. (author)

  5. The activity of {gamma}-emitters as measured by ionisation chambers the determination of the specific emission coefficient {gamma} for some radio-elements (1961); Mesure de l'activite des emetteurs {gamma} par chambre d'ionisation. Determination du coefficient specifique d'emission {gamma} de quelques radioelements (1961)

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    Engelmann, J. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1962-06-15

    chambre d'ionisation gamma, permettant soit de mesurer l'activite de sources radioactives, soit de determiner le coefficient specifique d'emission {gamma} (ou coefficient K) d'un radioelement determine. Les chambres d'ionisation etudiees appartiennent a deux categories: chambre-cavites en graphite, et chambres a puits {gamma}. Pour les mesures effectuees avec une chambre-cavite, on a calcule les differents facteurs do correction dont il faut tenir compte, en particulier les corrections de geometrie et d'hygrometrie. Les corrections d'absorption et d'autoabsorption ont amene a introduire la notion 'd'energie efficace {gamma}' d'un radioelement. Dans le cas des chambres a puits, on a montre qu'une forme appropriee des 'electrodes permettait d'ameliorer leurs performances. Une des chambres decrites permet la mesure des emetteurs {beta} par le rayonnement de freinage associe. Pour la determination du coefficient K de quelques radioelements, il s'est avere commode d'utiliser une chambre a puits a parois de graphite, les mesures etant effectuees par comparaison avec un etalon de radium. La validite de la methode a ete verifiee avec quelques radioelements pour lesquels la valeur du coefficent K etait deja bien connue ({sup 24}Na, {sup 60}Co, {sup 131}I, {sup 198}Au). Pour d'autres radioelements, les valeurs suivantes ont ete obtenues (exprimees en r cm{sup 3} mc{sup 1} h{sup 1}): {sup 51}Cr: 0,18; {sup 56}Mn: 8,8; {sup 65}Zn: 3,05; {sup 124}Sb: 9,9; {sup 134}Cs: 9,3; {sup 137}Cs: 3,35; {sup 141}Ce: 0,46; {sup 170}Tm: 0,023; {sup 192}Ir: 24,9; {sup 203}Hg: 1,18; Ces valeurs ont ete corrigees de la contribution qu'apportent a la dose les rayonnements de fluorescence eventuellement emis par la source, sauf dans le cas du {sup 170}Tm. Dans la derniere partie de ce travail, on a compare les performances des differents dispositifs electrometriques utilises. (auteur)

  6. Study of the texture of porous solids using a technique of {gamma} ray absorption; Application de l'absorption du rayonnement {gamma} a l'etude de la texture des solides poreux

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    1967-01-01

    A technique, which enables us to measure locally total porosity, open porosity and pore size distribution is developed. The total porosity is calculated from the bulk density. A gamma absorption gauge is set up fitted with a Cs137 source. This enables the determination of the density by layers of carbonaceous samples in a practically automatic way. By taking adequate precautions it is possible to obtain the density with a maximum error {delta}{rho} {<=} 0,005 g/cm{sup 3}. The open porosity is evaluated by the absorption method after impregnation with bromoform. A new mercury porosimeter is developed using the absorption probe for the measurement of mercury infiltrated into the porous sample. Due to the localized character of exploration by this technique, the variations of porous texture in a heterogeneous sample can be studied. Used as a classical porosimeter, in the case of homogeneous samples, this apparatus is capable of exploring the equivalent diameters of pores between 500 {mu} and 0.14 {mu} with a maximum error {delta}P {<=} 0.002. The possibility of exploration of heterogeneous samples, with the facility of determination of porosities due to macro-pores combined with the non-limiting character of the method in the field of high pressures differentiates this apparatus from all the porosimeters of former conception. Examples of utilization of this technique in the case of graphite-gas reactions are presented. (author) [French] On a developpe une technique permettant la mesure localisee de la porosite totale, de la porosite ouverte et de la repartition de la taille de pores. La porosite totale est calculee a partir de la densite apparente. On a mis au point une jauge d'absorption du rayonnement gamma munie d'une source de Cs137. Celle-ci nous a permis de determiner la densite par couches d'echantillons cylindriques carbones d'une facon pratiquement automatique. En prenant les precautions adequates, il est possible d'obtenir la densite

  7. Ionising radiation safety training in the Australian defence organisation (ADO)

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    Full text: Training personnel in ionising radiation safety within the Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) requires addressing some unique features of an organisation employing both military and civilian personnel. Activities may include those of a civil nature (such as industrial and medical radiography), specific military requirements (for training and emergency response) and scientific research and development. Some personnel may be assigned to full-time duties associated with radiation, while others may be designated as radiation protection officers in remote units with few duties to perform in this role. A further complication is that most military personnel are subjected to postings at regular intervals. The ADO's Directorate of Defence Occupational Health and Safety has established an Ionising Radiation Safety Subcommittee to monitor not only the adequacy of the internal Ionising Radiation Safety Manual but also the training requirements. A training course, responding to these requirements, has been developed to emphasise: basic radiation theory and protection; operation of radiation monitors available in the ADO; an understanding of the Safety Manual; day-to-day radiation safety in units and establishments; and appropriate responses to radiation accidents and emergencies. In addition, students are briefed on a limited number of peripheral topics and participate in some site visits. Currently, two Courses are held annually, each with about twenty students. Most of the material is presented by ADO personnel with external contractor support. The three Courses held to date have proved sufficiently successful, both for the students and the ADO generally, to seek national accreditation through the Australian National Training Authority and, as a first step, competency standards have been identified

  8. Fitness of equipment used for medical exposures to ionising radiation

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    The advice in this guidance note is aimed at employers in control of equipment used for medical exposures to ionising radiation and ancillary equipment. This includes NHS trusts, health authorities or boards, private hospitals, clinics, surgeries, medical X-ray facilities in industry, dentists and chiropractors. The guidance should also be useful to radiation protection advisers appointed by such employers. The guidance provides advice on the requirements of regulation 33 of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1985 (IRR85). In particular, it covers: (a) the selection, installation, maintenance, calibration and replacement of equipment to ensure that it is capable of restricting, so far as reasonably practicable, the medical exposure of any person to the extent that this is compatible with the intended diagnostic or therapeutic purpose; (b) recommended procedures for the definitive calibration of radiotherapy treatment; and (c) the need to investigate incidents involving a malfunction or defect in any 'radiation equipment' which result in medical exposures much greater than intended and to notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). 'Medical exposure' is defined in IRR85 as exposure of a person to ionising radiation for the purpose of his or her medical or dental examination or treatment which is conducted under the direction of a suitably qualified person and includes any such examination or treatment conducted for the purposes of research. For convenience, people undergoing medical exposure will be referred to as 'patients' in this guidance. Nothing in this publication is intended to indicate whether or not patients should be informed of any incident resulting from malfunction or defect in equipment used for medical exposure and the possible consequences of that exposure. As stated above, this guidance concerns medical exposures much greater than intended and although exposures much lower than intended can also have serious

  9. Fitness of equipment used for medical exposures to ionising radiation

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    The advice in this guidance note is aimed at employers in control of equipment used for medical exposures to ionising radiation and ancillary equipment. This includes NHS trusts, health authorities or boards, private hospitals, clinics, surgeries, medical X-ray facilities in industry, dentists and chiropractors. The guidance should also be useful to radiation protection advisers appointed by such employers. The guidance provides advice on the requirements of regulation 33 of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1985 (IRR85). In particular, it covers: (a) the selection, installation, maintenance, calibration and replacement of equipment to ensure that it is capable of restricting, so far as reasonably practicable, the medical exposure of any person to the extent that this is compatible with the intended diagnostic or therapeutic purpose; (b) recommended procedures for the definitive calibration of radiotherapy treatment; and (c) the need to investigate incidents involving a malfunction or defect in any 'radiation equipment' which result in medical exposures much greater than intended and to notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). 'Medical exposure' is defined in IRR85 as exposure of a person to ionising radiation for the purpose of his or her medical or dental examination or treatment which is conducted under the direction of a suitably qualified person and includes any such examination or treatment conducted for the purposes of research. For convenience, people undergoing medical exposure will be referred to as 'patients' in this guidance. Nothing in this publication is intended to indicate whether or not patients should be informed of any incident resulting from malfunction or defect in equipment used for medical exposure and the possible consequences of that exposure. As stated above, this guidance concerns medical exposures much greater than intended and although exposures much lower than intended can also have serious consequences, the incident would not

  10. Intercomparison of ionisation chamber measurements from {sup 125}I seeds

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    Davies, J.B. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, New Illawarra Road, Building 23, Lucas Heights, NSW 2234 (Australia); Institute of Medical Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); E-mail: jbd@ansto.gov.au; Enari, K.F. [Cancer Care Centre, St George Hospital, Kogarah, NSW 2217 (Australia); Baldock, C. [Institute of Medical Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia)

    2007-05-15

    The reference air kerma rates of a set of individual {sup 125}I seeds were calculated from current measurements of a calibrated re-entrant ionisation chamber. Single seeds were distributed to seven Australian brachytherapy centres for the same measurement with the user's instrumentation. Results are expressed as the ratio of the reference air kerma rate measured by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) to the reference air kerma rate measured at the centre. The intercomparison ratios of all participants were within {+-}5% of unity.

  11. Development of the CRIS (Collinear Resonant Ionisation Spectroscopy) beam line

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    The CRIS (Collinear Resonant Ionisation Spectroscopy) beam line is a new experimental set up at the ISOLDE facility at CERN. CRIS is being constructed for high-resolution laser spectroscopy measurements on radioactive isotopes. These measurements can be used to extract nuclear properties of isotopes far from stability. The CRIS beam line has been under construction since 2009 and testing of its constituent parts have been performed using stable and radioactive ion beams, in preparation for its first on-line run. This paper will present the current status of the CRIS experiment and highlight results from the recent tests.

  12. Ionisation of atomic hydrogen at intermediate momentum transfer

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    Relative differential cross sections for the asymmetric coplanar (e,2e) reaction have been measured in three energy-sharing regions, for two of which the ionisation peak is about 1 a.u. off the Bethe ridge. Momentum transfer is intermediate between large (binary) and small (dipole) values, where the distorted-wave impulse and second Born approximations respectively give a good account of the experimental data. In addition to these approximations the distorted-wave Born approximation is calculated. It is somewhat superior to the distorted-wave impulse approximation and very much better than the second Born approximation

  13. Thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (TIMS): what, how and why?

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    Thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (TIMS) is one of the oldest mass spectrometric techniques, which has been used for determining the isotopic composition and concentration of different elements using isotope dilution. In spite of the introduction of many other inorganic mass spectrometric techniques like spark source mass spectrometry (SSMS), glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS), inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), the TIMS technique plays the role of a definitive analytical methodology and still occupies a unique position in terms of its capabilities with respect to precision and accuracy as well as sensitivity

  14. Use of ionising radiation for food processing applications

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    Food irradiation is a recently developed technique used to sterilize and preserve food. Food products are exposed to ionising radiations such as X-rays, gamma rays or high energy electrons which destroy food borne pathogens and parasites and inhibit sprouting. Shelf life of food is extended. The following aspects of radiation processing of food are discussed in the monograph: radiation sources, choice of dose for specific results, safety and nutritional quality of radiation processed food, international status of acceptance of food irradiation, and cost. (M.G.B.). 6 tabs

  15. Ionisation constants of inorganic acids and bases in aqueous solution

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    2013-01-01

    Ionisation Constants of Inorganic Acids and Bases in Aqueous Solution, Second Edition provides a compilation of tables that summarize relevant data recorded in the literature up to the end of 1980 for the ionization constants of inorganic acids and bases in aqueous solution. This book includes references to acidity functions for strong acids and bases, as well as details about the formation of polynuclear species. This text then explains the details of each column of the tables, wherein column 1 gives the name of the substance and the negative logarithm of the ionization constant and column 2

  16. NICIL: Non-Ideal magnetohydrodynamics Coefficients and Ionisation Library

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    Wurster, James

    2016-08-01

    NICIL (Non-Ideal magnetohydrodynamics Coefficients and Ionisation Library) calculates the ionization values and the coefficients of the non-ideal magnetohydrodynamics terms of Ohmic resistivity, the Hall effect, and ambipolar diffusion. Written as a standalone Fortran90 module that can be implemented in existing codes, NICIL is fully parameterizable, allowing the user to choose which processes to include and decide the values of the free parameters. The module includes both cosmic ray and thermal ionization; the former includes two ion species and three species of dust grains (positively charged, negatively charged and neutral), and the latter includes five elements which can be doubly ionized.

  17. Caractérisation des paramètres d'interception du rayonnement par le pin d'Alep (Pinus halepensis Mill.)

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    Gillmann, Marion

    2009-01-01

    Les recherches sur les impacts des changements climatiques sur le bilan de carbone des écosystèmes forestiers nécessitent des modèles informatiques décrivant un grand nombre de processus, dont l'interception du rayonnement. Ce paramètre fait intervenir l'inclinaison et l'orientation des feuilles. Dans cette étude, les objectifs sont d'évaluer si chez le pin d'Alep, conifère très répandu dans les régions méditerranéennes, l'environnement lumineux, l'âge des aiguilles, et le type de rameau infl...

  18. Calcul de la Puissance Acoustique Rayonnée par les Parois d'un Bâtiment vers Le Milieu Extérieur

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    Simoneau, Thierry

    2010-01-01

    L'application du principe de conservation de l'énergie acoustique réverbérée et de l'hypothèse de diffusion homogène permet d'établir un modèle de calcul à la fois simple, original, flexible et robuste de la puissance acoustique rayonnée par les parois d'un bâtiment de géométrie quelconque vers le milieu extérieur. Ce modèle consiste dans un premier temps à décomposer le bâtiment et ses locaux en cellules de dimensions équivalentes et à appliquer la théorie des couplages en régime stationnair...

  19. Accélération d’électrons et rayonnement betatron générés par sillage laser dans des tubes capillaires

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    Ju, Jinchuan

    2013-01-01

    Cette thèse porte sur le rayonnement X bêtatron généré par des électrons accélérés par sillage laser plasma dans des tubes capillaires diélectriques. En l’état actuel de la technologie des impulsions laser multi-térawatts, on peut produire des faisceaux ayant une intensité crête élevée, de l’ordre de 1018 W/cm2 dans le plan focal. Une telle impulsion laser se propageant au sein d’un gaz sous-dense conduit à des phénomènes d’interaction laser-plasma non-linéaires, tels que la création d’une bu...

  20. Effet des additifs sur la structure cristalline du polyéthylène à basse densité (PEBD) irradiés par des rayonnements UV

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    Cheloufi T; Berranem M; Gasmi A; Benaissa S

    2014-01-01

    L’effet des rayons U V sur les propriétés physico-chimiques et mécaniques du polyéthylène à basse densité (PEBD) et pigmenté avec des additifs dans différentes formulations ont été étudiées. Les échantillons ont été exposés au rayonnement U V émis par une lampe à xénon d’une puissance de 6000 W à une température de 46 °C pour différents temps. Un échantillon de référence a été pris pour la comparaison. A l’aide de la spectroscopie infrarouge FTIR et l’essai de traction, on a pu suivre les cha...

  1. EDDIX--a database of ionisation double differential cross sections.

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    MacGibbon, J H; Emerson, S; Liamsuwan, T; Nikjoo, H

    2011-02-01

    The use of Monte Carlo track structure is a choice method in biophysical modelling and calculations. To precisely model 3D and 4D tracks, the cross section for the ionisation by an incoming ion, double differential in the outgoing electron energy and angle, is required. However, the double differential cross section cannot be theoretically modelled over the full range of parameters. To address this issue, a database of all available experimental data has been constructed. Currently, the database of Experimental Double Differential Ionisation Cross sections (EDDIX) contains over 1200 digitalised experimentally measured datasets from the 1960s to present date, covering all available ion species (hydrogen to uranium) and all available target species. Double differential cross sections are also presented with the aid of an eight parameter functions fitted to the cross sections. The parameters include projectile species and charge, target nuclear charge and atomic mass, projectile atomic mass and energy, electron energy and deflection angle. It is planned to freely distribute EDDIX and make it available to the radiation research community for use in the analytical and numerical modelling of track structure. PMID:21113060

  2. Partial ionisation cross-sections of 2-propanol and ethanal

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    Electron impact ionisation of 2-propanol and ethanal is studied using mass spectrometry. Cross-sections of the formation of molecular ions and ionic fragments are measured between 14 and 86eV. Free energy changes are evaluated using ab initio calculations. For 2-propanol, two ions, identified as CH3CHOH+ (45amu) and CH3CHCH3+ (43amu), contribute more than 75% to the total cross-section over the whole range of electron energies and are produced by simple bond cleavage in the molecular ion. Both processes occur spontaneously, leaving the molecular ion as a minority species. For ethanal, two ions, identified as HCO+ (29amu) and CH3CO+ (43amu), and the molecular ion (44amu) contribute more than 80% to the total cross-section. The ions of 29 and 43amu result from a simple bond cleavage in the molecular ion. These sprocesses are not spontaneous and the contribution of the molecular ion becomes predominant at 15eV and is therefore significant over the whole range of ionisation energies

  3. Biological monitors for low levels of ionising radiation

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    The biological effects of high doses of ionising radiation are well understood and the methods of measurement of these doses well established. However the effects due to extremely low doses remain by and large uncertain. This is because of the fact that at such low doses no gross symptoms are seen. In fact, at these levels the occurrence of double strand breaks leading to the formation of chromosomal aberrations like dicentrics is rare and chances of mutation due to base damage are negligible. Hence neither chromosomal aberration studies nor mutational assays are useful for detecting doses of the order of a few milligray. Results of exhaustive work done by various laboratories indicate that below 20 mGy the chromosomal aberration technique based on scoring of dicentrics cannot distinguish between a linear or a threshold model. However indirect methods like unscheduled DNA synthesis (UDS) and sister chromatid exchanges (SCEs) appear to be promising for the detection of radiation exposures due to low levels of radiation. This report reviews the available literature on the biological effects of low levels of ionising radiation and highlights the merits and demerits of the various methods employed in the measurement of UDS and SCE. The phenomenon of radio-adaptive response (RAR) and its relation to DNA repair is also discussed. (author)

  4. Investigation of damage mechanism by ionising radiation on biomolecules

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    Occupational radiation hazard is a very controversial subject. Effects from high radiation doses are well known from past experiences. However, hazard from low doses is still a subject that is hotly debated upon until now. The occupational dosimetry used now is based on a macroscopic scale. Lately, microdosimetry is fast gaining recognition as a more superior way of measuring hazard. More importantly, scientists are researching the basic damage mechanism that leads to biological effects by ionising radiation. In this report, a simulation study of the basic damage mechanism is discussed . This simulation is based upon Monte Carlo calculations and using polyuridylic acid (Poly-U) as the DNA model This simulation tries to relate the physics and chemistry of interactions of ionising radiation with biomolecules. The computer codes used in this simulation, OREC and RADLYS were created by Hamm et al. (1983) in Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The biological endpoints in this simulation are the strand break and base release of the DNA, which is the precursor of all biological effects. These results are compared with model studies that had been done experimentally to check the validity of this simulation. The G-values of strand break and base release from this simulation were -2.35 and 2.75 and compared well with results from irradiation experiments by von Sonntag (I 98 7) from Max Plank's Institute, Germany

  5. Romanian medical exposure to ionising radiation in 2012

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    Medical exposure, the main source of artificial exposure, shows an increasing trend in the last years, manifested both by increasing the number of examinations with ionising radiation and by increasing the patient dose level. Annual results obtained for medical exposure to ionising radiation based on the data collected from Romanian hospitals are useful for the update of the national database and optimisation of diagnostic procedures in radiology and nuclear medicine. Medical exposure level is expressed in terms of annual collective dose and is evaluated from annual frequencies and the average effective dose per procedure for different types of radiological and nuclear medicine procedures. The Romanian hospitals reported during 2012 a number of 5 505 792 radiological examinations and 17 088 diagnostic procedures of nuclear medicine. Based on the data reported, the average effective doses and their contributions to the collective dose were evaluated. The main contributions to the collective dose of the radiological procedures are registered for CT abdomen and pelvis region, followed by thorax CT and head CT examinations. The next positions are fluoroscopic examination of the thorax and gastrointestinal disease and radiographic examination of the lumbar spine and thorax, which in spite of their low effective dose have an important contribution to the collective dose due to the large number of examinations. For nuclear medicine procedures, major contributions to collective dose are given by bone scintigraphy, followed by PET-CT and thyroid scintigraphy. (authors)

  6. Formulas for ionization yield functions and ionisation capability of solar cosmic rays in the ionosphere and atmosphere

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    The solar cosmic rays produced in solar flares (and in some other high energy solar processes) are one of the most important manifestations of solar activity and one of the main agents in solar-terrestrial relationships. Two approaches have been developed to compute the CR ionisation, e.g.: i ) the model CORIMIA – COsmic Ray Ionisation Model for Ionosphere and Atmosphere is analytical, while ii ) CORSIKA code, including the FLUKA Monte Carlo package is statistical; it is based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the atmospheric cascade. Usually the analytical models use the ionisation capability C function, while the statistical simulations utilize the ionisation yield Y function. In the present work formulas for ionisation capability C and ionisation yield functions Y are derived for the solar cosmic rays, i.e. for sub-relativistic approximation. Some practical applications are discussed. Key words: solar cosmic rays, iono/atmosphere system, ionisation capability, ionisation yield function

  7. Electron spectroscopy of He and NO using electron impact and multiphoton ionisation

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    This thesis describes two experimental studies which are intended to contribute to our knowledge of the structure of molecules and the decay dynamics of excited molecular states. The two studies have in common that they are both concerned with ionisation processes, in which an accurately known amount of energy is transferred to the target, and energy analysis of the ejected electrons is made. Ionisation is caused either by scattering electrons off the molecules (chapter 2: electron impact ionisation) or by a simultaneous absorption of several photons (chapter 3: multiphoton ionisation). In chapter 2 an electron impact ionisation experiment on Helium is described in which the kinematics of both the scattered and the ejected electrons is fully determined ((e,2e) experiment). (Auth.)

  8. The use of detectors based on ionisation recombination in radiation protection

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    Intitial recombination of ionisation in a gas depends on the ionisation density and hence on the linear energy transfer along the tracks of charged particles. This effect can be used as a basis for instruments that respond to different types of ionising radiation approximately in the way required by the quality factor-linear energy transfer relation recommended by the ICRP for use in radiation protection. Empirical instruments based on ionisation recombination that have been used for radiation protection measurements are reviewed, and relations are derived from recombination theory that show that the response of such detectors can be readily predicted. The usefulness of recombination instruments in radiation protection is discussed and their advantages and limitations assessed. It is shown that their main application will be as reference instruments against which other detectors can be calibrated. As an extension to using recombination detectors as reference instruments, the feasibility of specifying radiation quality in terms of ionisation recombination is investigated. (author)

  9. Application of neural networks to measurement methods based on radiation interactions with matter; Application des reseaux de neurones aux methodes de mesure basees sur l'interaction rayonnement matiere

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    Pilato, V

    1999-07-01

    The possibility of improving by neuronal techniques the preparation and interpretation of nuclear measurements was investigated. A general methodology was developed and applied to various problems in this field. Whatever the problem to be treated, to solve it comes to determine the relation which binds the inputs to the outputs. Neural networks based on supervised training, like the multilayer Perceptron, have the capability to calculate any relation between a set of input and output data. On the other hand, the training phase is often a long and delicate operation whose difficulties grow with the size of the network:it is thus interesting to reduce it by introducing knowledge a priori and/or by reducing the number of inputs in order to extract the relevant information. If the correlations between the inputs are linear, the Principal Components Analysis (PCA) and its neuronal equivalents make it possible to obtain by orthogonal projection a reduced number of input components while preserving the maximum of initial information. If the correlations are nonlinear, the Curvilinear Components Analysis (CCA) allows, by a unsupervised training, to carry out a nonlinear projection of the inputs in a space of reduced size. Besides, it is noticed that when the dimension of the input space is equal to the intrinsic dimension of the problem, this last is practically solved by CCA. We propose a general method which consists in characterizing as well as possible the problem by its inputs and then to extract and classify the information contained in those by projection in a space of reduced size. Association between the projected data and the problem outputs is then carried out by a supervised training network. Certain results having to be provided with their associated uncertainty, a statistical method based on the bootstrap algorithm is proposed. Potential applications other that those treated are considered. (author)

  10. Dedicated Trigger for Highly Ionising Particles at ATLAS

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    Katre, Akshay; The ATLAS collaboration

    2015-01-01

    In 2012, a novel strategy was designed to detect signatures of Highly Ionising Particles (HIPs) such as magnetic monopoles, dyons or Q-balls with ATLAS. A dedicated trigger was developed and deployed for proton-proton collisions at a centre of mass energy of 8 TeV. It uses the Transition Radiation Tracker (TRT) system, applying an algorithm distinct from standard tracking ones. The high threshold (HT) readout capability of the TRT is used to distinguish HIPs from other background processes. The trigger requires significantly lower energy depositions in the electromagnetic calorimeters and is thereby capable of probing a larger range of HIP masses and charges. A description of the algorithm for this newly developed trigger is presented, along with a comparitive study of its performance during the 2012 data-taking period with respect to previous efforts.

  11. Protection of the environment from ionising radiation: ethical issues

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    The paper identifies some of the main ethical issues concerning the protection of the environment from radiation and suggests ways in which ethics can aid in developing a system of protection. After a presentation of background on ethical theory and environmental ethics, three main issues related to environmental protection are discussed: First, the question of valuing the environment and implications for the definition of harm and monetary valuation of environmental goods; second, difficulties with scientific uncertainty and applications of the precautionary principle; and third, issues concerned with the distribution of risk and its relevance fo participation in decision-making. In summary, the paper argues that there are strong ethical grounds to provide for the protection of the environment and that, all other things being equal, there is no reason to treat ionising radiation differently to other environmental stressors

  12. Radicals of DNA and DNA nucleotides generated by ionising radiation

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    A first stage of cell processes leading to DNA damage of initiated by radical reactions. In a model system such transformations were generated by ionising radiation which involves production of electron loss and electron gain centers of the substrate and radical formation. Using cryogenic ESR spectroscopy it was found that the DNA nucleotides, which convert to radical anions upon electron capture undergo the separation of unpaired spin and charge due to protonation. Circular and linear dichroism studies enabled to conclude that iron ions(III) induce strong changes in the DNA helical structure indicating their coordination with nitrogen bases. The repair of DNA radicals produced via radiolytic oxidation, i.e. the guanine radical cation and the allyl type radical of thymine, is possible at elevated temperatures due to the involvement of sulphydryl groups. The influence of the thiol charge is then limited

  13. Review of retrospective dosimetry techniques for external ionising radiation exposures

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    The current focus on networking and mutual assistance in the management of radiation accidents or incidents has demonstrated the importance of a joined-up approach in physical and biological dosimetry. To this end, the European Radiation Dosimetry Working Group 10 on 'Retrospective Dosimetry' has been set up by individuals from a wide range of disciplines across Europe. Here, established and emerging dosimetry methods are reviewed, which can be used immediately and retrospectively following external ionising radiation exposure. Endpoints and assays include dicentrics, translocations, premature chromosome condensation, micronuclei, somatic mutations, gene expression, electron paramagnetic resonance, thermoluminescence, optically stimulated luminescence, neutron activation, haematology, protein biomarkers and analytical dose reconstruction. Individual characteristics of these techniques, their limitations and potential for further development are reviewed, and their usefulness in specific exposure scenarios is discussed. Whilst no single technique fulfils the criteria of an ideal dosemeter, an integrated approach using multiple techniques tailored to the exposure scenario can cover most requirements. (authors)

  14. Protection of the environment from ionising radiation: ethical issues

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    The paper identifies some of the main ethical issues concerning the protection of the environment from radiation and suggests ways in which ethics can aid in developing a system of protection. After a presentation of background on ethical theory and environmental ethics, three main issues related to practical environmental protection are discussed: First, the question of who or what has moral standing; second the appropriate level of protection; and third compatibility with other environmental stressors. In summary, the paper argues that there are strong ethical grounds for efforts to provide for the protection of the environment and that, all other things being equal, there is no reason to treat ionising radiation differently to other environmental stressors. (author)

  15. Studies of Non-Targeted Effects of Ionising Radiation

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    Oleg V Belyakov; Heli Mononen; Marjo Peraelae [STUK - Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Helsinki (Finland)

    2006-07-01

    The discovery of ionising radiation induced non-targeted effects is important for understanding the dose-response mechanisms relevant to low dose irradiation in vivo. One important question is whether the non-targeted effects relates to a protective mechanism or whether, conversely, it amplifies the number of cells damaged by the isolated radiation tracks of low dose exposures leading to an increased risk of carcinogenesis. One theory supported by the experimental data obtained during this project is that the main functions of the non-targeted effects are to decrease the risk of transformation in a multicellular organism exposed to radiation. Differences in the gene expression profiles, temporal and spatial patterns of key proteins expressed in directly irradiated and bystander cells may determine how the cells ultimately respond to low doses of radiation. Such a mechanism of co-operative response would make the tissue system much more robust. (N.C.)

  16. Studies of Non-Targeted Effects of Ionising Radiation

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    The discovery of ionising radiation induced non-targeted effects is important for understanding the dose-response mechanisms relevant to low dose irradiation in vivo. One important question is whether the non-targeted effects relates to a protective mechanism or whether, conversely, it amplifies the number of cells damaged by the isolated radiation tracks of low dose exposures leading to an increased risk of carcinogenesis. One theory supported by the experimental data obtained during this project is that the main functions of the non-targeted effects are to decrease the risk of transformation in a multicellular organism exposed to radiation. Differences in the gene expression profiles, temporal and spatial patterns of key proteins expressed in directly irradiated and bystander cells may determine how the cells ultimately respond to low doses of radiation. Such a mechanism of co-operative response would make the tissue system much more robust. (N.C.)

  17. Environmental protection from ionising contaminants in the Arctic

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    The traditional ICRP doctrine concerning environmental protection, in essence expressing that the dose limits in place for man ensure that flora and fauna are protected from the effects of ionising radiation, has been recently criticised. In its place, a system for the radiological protection of the environment has been promoted to include agreed quantities and units, selected reference organisms, reference dose models and tables of effects for reference organisms. The EC project 'Environmental Protection for Ionising Contaminants in the Arctic 'EPIC' adopts a practical perspective in developing a protection framework for the Arctic environment. The objectives of the project were:(1) collate the information about environmental transfer of selected radionuclides (2) identify reference Arctic biota; (3) model the uptake of radionuclides; (4) develop a reference set of dose models (5) compile data of dose-effects relationships for reference biota, and (6) integrate assessment of environmental impact from radionuclides with those for other contaminants. In the selection of reference organisms, several key criteria have been identified: ecological niche, radiosensitivity, radioecological sensitivity, distribution and amenability to further research. The application of these criteria has allowed an informed selection of suitable Arctic reference organisms to be made. Field studies were performed in the area of residual radioactive contamination in the Republic of Sakha, Yakutia. Biological material and soils were sampled, notes on plant morphology in elevated dose area were made, and seeds from high dose rate areas were sampled and tested for germination rate. A database on dose-effects relationships has been constructed. The database is subdivided into radiation effects on terrestrial and aquatic organisms. The database will help to establish dose-effect relationships for different end points. At present, effort has been concentrated on populating the database; In

  18. Magnetotransport in CeCu6-xAux

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    We report on a comparative study of the low-temperature magnetoresistance ρxx(B) and Hall resistance ρxy(B) of CeCu6-xAux for 0=xx(B), and of the anomalous Hall effect and bandstructure effects of the heavy-quasiparticle bands affecting ρxy(B)

  19. Making ionising radiation a real experience for high school science students

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    The Canadian public has little understanding of ionising radiation due in part to its treatment in popular media. In principle, students learn about ionising radiation in their school science classes. Developments in science curricula are providing more education opportunities for this subject. The Canadian Nuclear Society's program for introducing real, personal experience with ionising radiation in the classroom is starting to make a difference. The demand is expected to exceed the resources of the CNS and the program is being developed to facilitate external support. This paper summarizes the need, the history of this program development, and the path forward. (author)

  20. Using ionising radiation against terrorism and contrabandism - dosimetric problems

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    As will be explained in more detail in a talk at this conference, the personnel X-ray scanners can be divided into two groups, one using the transmitted X rays for image creation, the other one using the Compton back scatters X-rays. In the case of a backscatter scanner, a narrow, pencil -like X-ray beam is produced by a rotating chopper-wheel. The person/object is scanned in a raster scan pattern. The backscattered X-rays of all points are measured and recorded. The transmission X-ray scanner can use both fan-like and pencil like X-ray beams. The transmission detectors are installed behind the object and detect the absorption of the scanned person. Due to the very low dose values of the X-ray scanner systems in combination with a high dose rate in the direct beam for a short irradiation time, special dosemeters have to be used. In the literature and in manufacturers' specifications, the dose values given for some systems are in the range from 0.05 μSv to 5 μSv per scan with a typical irradiation time of a few milliseconds. Due to this pulse-like character of the radiation fields, the dose rate is several sieverts per hour. For the measurements of the investigated scanner, dosemeters were therefore needed having the capability to measure low doses at high dose rates and to measure in pulsed radiation fields. For the optimization of the measurements, the use of measuring devices with a direct indication is necessary. Ionisation chambers are the most suitable measuring instruments to fulfill these requirements. The difficulty for the measurements with an ionisation chamber is that the leakage charge integrated over time can reach values at the level of the expected radiation-produced charge. Additionally unpredictable variations of the leakage charge can be in the same order of magnitude as the expected signal. This challenge led to the development of a special electronics which allow the execution of time-resolved measurements. With this time resolution, it is

  1. Critical ionisation velocity and the dynamics of a coaxial plasma gun

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    The dynamics of an ionising wave in a coaxial plasma gun with an azimuthal bias magnetic field is analysed in a theoretical model. Only the radial dependence is treated and instead of including a treatment of the energy balance two separate physical assumptions are made. In the first case it is assumed that the total internal electric field is given by the critical ionisation velocity condition and in the second that the ionisation rate is constant. For consistency wall sheaths are assumed to match the internal plasma potential to that of the walls. On the basis of momentum and particle balance the radial dependence of the electron density, current density, electric field and drift velocity are found. An electron source is required at the cathode and the relative contribution from ionisation within the plasma is deduced. The assumption that there are no ion sources at the electrodes leads to a restriction on the possible values of the axial electric field. (author)

  2. The potential use of ionising energy treatment in Queensland's horticultural industries

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    The potential application of ionising energy treatment technology in Queensland falls into three categories: insect disinfestation, disease control and quality improvement. The technology fulfils the requirements of a disinfestation treatment against Queensland fruit fly and other pests of quarantine importance in respect to efficacy, absence of phytotoxicity, absence of residues and, on technical considerations would be an ideal replacement for the fumigant EDB. The report examines the purposes of ionising energy treatment, economic and marketing aspects and research needs

  3. The Kelvin-Helmholtz instability in weakly ionised plasmas II: multifluid effects in molecular clouds

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    Jones, A. C.; Downes, T. P

    2011-01-01

    We present a study of the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability in a weakly ionised, multifluid MHD plasma with parameters matching those of a typical molecular cloud. The instability is capable of transforming well-ordered flows into disordered flows. As a result, it may be able to convert the energy found in, for example, bowshocks from stellar jets into the turbulent energy found in molecular clouds. As these clouds are weakly ionised, the ideal magnetohydrodynamic approximation does not apply at s...

  4. Proceedings. Protection of the natural environment. International symposium on ionising radiation

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    The symposium was organised jointly by the Swedish Radiation Protection Institute and the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada. The programme was organised around six major topics: Biological effects of ionising radiation; Ecological effects of ionising radiation; Behaviour and transport of radionuclides in the natural environment; Criteria for environmental protection; Assessment methodology; and Social and economic aspects. All 86 contributions (excluding the opening addresses) have been separately indexed

  5. Dedicated Trigger for Highly Ionising Particles at ATLAS

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    Katre, Akshay; The ATLAS collaboration

    2015-01-01

    In 2012, a novel strategy was designed to detect signatures of Highly Ionising Particles (HIPs) such as magnetic monopoles, dyons or Qballs with the ATLAS trigger system. With proton-proton collisions at a centre of mass enegy of 8 TeV, the trigger was designed to have unique properties as a tracker for HIPs. It uses only the Transition Radiation Tracker (TRT) system, applying an algorithm distinct from standard tracking ones. The unique high threshold readout capability of the TRT is used at the location where HIPs in the detector are looked for. In particular the number and the fraction of TRT high threshold hits is used to distinguish HIPs from background processes. The trigger requires significantly lower energy depositions in the electro-magnetic calorimeters as a seed unlike previously used trigger algorithms for such searches. Thus the new trigger is capable of probing a large range of HIP masses and charges. We will give a description of the algorithms for this newly developed trigger for HIP searches...

  6. Dosimetry of ionising radiation in modern radiation oncology.

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    Kron, Tomas; Lehmann, Joerg; Greer, Peter B

    2016-07-21

    Dosimetry of ionising radiation is a well-established and mature branch of physical sciences with many applications in medicine and biology. In particular radiotherapy relies on dosimetry for optimisation of cancer treatment and avoidance of severe toxicity for patients. Several novel developments in radiotherapy have introduced new challenges for dosimetry with small and dynamically changing radiation fields being central to many of these applications such as stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy and intensity modulated radiation therapy. There is also an increasing awareness of low doses given to structures not in the target region and the associated risk of secondary cancer induction. Here accurate dosimetry is important not only for treatment optimisation but also for the generation of data that can inform radiation protection approaches in the future. The article introduces some of the challenges and highlights the interdependence of dosimetric calculations and measurements. Dosimetric concepts are explored in the context of six application fields: reference dosimetry, small fields, low dose out of field, in vivo dosimetry, brachytherapy and auditing of radiotherapy practice. Recent developments of dosimeters that can be used for these purposes are discussed using spatial resolution and number of dimensions for measurement as sorting criteria. While dosimetry is ever evolving to address the needs of advancing applications of radiation in medicine two fundamental issues remain: the accuracy of the measurement from a scientific perspective and the importance to link the measurement to a clinically relevant question. This review aims to provide an update on both of these. PMID:27351409

  7. International Conference on Low Doses of Ionising Radiation

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    Is there a threshold? and is a little radiation good for you? were two questions raised at the International Conference on Low Doses of Ionising Radiation : Biological Effects and Regulatory Control, jointly organised by the IAEA and WHO, and convened in Seville, Spain, over 17-21 November 1997. The answer to both these questions appears to be 'Maybe', but the answer has no present implications for radiation protection practice and regulation. The conference which had over 500 participants from 65 countries, was organised around ten fora which explored basic molecular mechanisms of radiation effects, through to radiation protection principles and implementation in practices and interventions. Each forum was introduced by an overview presentation by an invited keynote speaker. Brief presentations of a few of the proffered papers followed, and then open discussion. There was opportunity for all proffered papers to be presented as posters. The fora, which occupied 3 full days, were preceded by reports on biological effects of radiation from international orgnaisations, and on related international conferences held in the recent past. The fora were followed by round table presentations of regulatory control and scientiFic research, and a summary session drawing together conclusions on the topic areas of the conference. (author)

  8. A multi-anode ionisation chamber for AMS at VERA

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    Full text: AMS (Accelerator Mass Spectrometry) is a technique to measure long-lived radionuclides with extreme abundance sensitivity below 1E-12. For sufficient isobar suppression at low energies (36Cl from 36S, a new gas ionisation chamber with a multi-anode design was built at VERA (Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator). It provides up to 8 energy loss signals for particle identification. In order to reduce electronic noise special low-capacitive conductors are used inside the gas volume; also the preamplifiers are mounted directly on the detector housing. The dimensions of the Frisch grid and the distances between grid and electrodes were optimized both for short pulse rise times as well as minimum grid-inefficiency. The flexibility of the design concerning the type of detector window, the configuration of anodes and the distances between grid and electrodes makes the detector also well suited for the measurement of heavy ions, e.g. 236U at low energies. Calculations and rst experimental results of the detector's performance will be presented. (author)

  9. Thermoluminescent properties of CVD diamond: applications to ionising radiation dosimetry

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    Remarkable properties of synthetic diamond (human soft tissue equivalence, chemical stability, non-toxicity) make this material suitable for medical application as thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD). This work highlights the interest of this material as radiotherapy TLD. In the first stage of this work, we looked after thermoluminescent (TL) and dosimetric properties of polycrystalline diamond made by Chemically Vapor Deposited (CVD) synthesis. Dosimetric characteristics are satisfactory as TLD for medical application. Luminescence thermal quenching on diamond has been investigated. This phenomenon leads to a decrease of dosimetric TL peak sensitivity when the heating rate increases. The second part of this work analyses the use of synthetic diamond as TLD in radiotherapy. Dose profiles, depth dose distributions and the cartography of an electron beam obtained with our samples are in very good agreement with results from an ionisation chamber. It is clearly shown that CVD) diamond is of interest to check beams of treatment accelerators. The use of these samples in a control of treatment with Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy underlines good response of synthetic diamond in high dose gradient areas. These results indicate that CVD diamond is a promising material for radiotherapy dosimetry. (author)

  10. Education and training issues in individual monitoring of ionising radiation

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    The present article deals with the education and training (E and T) issues of individual monitoring (IM) of ionising radiation, based on the requirements provided by the Basic Safety Standards EURATOM Directive and the European Commission Technical Recommendations for IM of external radiation. The structure and the objectives of E and T programmes addressed to the staff of dosimetry services, in order to allow the recognition and ensure the continuity of expertise are discussed. The necessity for the establishment of a national strategy for building competence in IM through information, education, training and retraining programmes, addressed to the individually monitored personnel is underlined. The train the trainers' concept is recognised as being an important tool for optimising resources and transferring the skills necessary for building competence. The conditions under which an efficient train the trainers' approach can be established are discussed. Examples of curricula concerning the key persons involved in the provision of E and T in occupational radiation protection are also given. (authors)

  11. Dosimetry of ionising radiation in modern radiation oncology

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    Kron, Tomas; Lehmann, Joerg; Greer, Peter B.

    2016-07-01

    Dosimetry of ionising radiation is a well-established and mature branch of physical sciences with many applications in medicine and biology. In particular radiotherapy relies on dosimetry for optimisation of cancer treatment and avoidance of severe toxicity for patients. Several novel developments in radiotherapy have introduced new challenges for dosimetry with small and dynamically changing radiation fields being central to many of these applications such as stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy and intensity modulated radiation therapy. There is also an increasing awareness of low doses given to structures not in the target region and the associated risk of secondary cancer induction. Here accurate dosimetry is important not only for treatment optimisation but also for the generation of data that can inform radiation protection approaches in the future. The article introduces some of the challenges and highlights the interdependence of dosimetric calculations and measurements. Dosimetric concepts are explored in the context of six application fields: reference dosimetry, small fields, low dose out of field, in vivo dosimetry, brachytherapy and auditing of radiotherapy practice. Recent developments of dosimeters that can be used for these purposes are discussed using spatial resolution and number of dimensions for measurement as sorting criteria. While dosimetry is ever evolving to address the needs of advancing applications of radiation in medicine two fundamental issues remain: the accuracy of the measurement from a scientific perspective and the importance to link the measurement to a clinically relevant question. This review aims to provide an update on both of these.

  12. Martian sub-surface ionising radiation: biosignatures and geology

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    J. M. Ward

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available The surface of Mars, unshielded by thick atmosphere or global magnetic field, is exposed to high levels of cosmic radiation. This ionising radiation field is deleterious to the survival of dormant cells or spores and the persistence of molecular biomarkers in the subsurface, and so its characterisation is of prime astrobiological interest. Here, we present modelling results of the absorbed radiation dose as a function of depth through the Martian subsurface, suitable for calculation of biomarker persistence. A second major implementation of this dose accumulation rate data is in application of the optically stimulated luminescence technique for dating Martian sediments.

    We present calculations of the dose-depth profile in the Martian subsurface for various scenarios: variations of surface composition (dry regolith, ice, layered permafrost, solar minimum and maximum conditions, locations of different elevation (Olympus Mons, Hellas basin, datum altitude, and increasing atmospheric thickness over geological history. We also model the changing composition of the subsurface radiation field with depth compared between Martian locations with different shielding material, determine the relative dose contributions from primaries of different energies, and discuss particle deflection by the crustal magnetic fields.

  13. Ionisation and dissociation of water induced by swift multicharged ions

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    Ionization and dissociation of water molecules and water clusters induced by 11.7 MeV/A Ni25+ ions were carried out by imaging techniques. Branching ratios, ionisation cross sections and Kinetic Energy Released distributions have been measured together with fragmentation dynamics studies. Multiple ionization represents approximately 30% of the ionizing events. Double ionization produces in significant way atomic oxygen, considered as a possible precursor of the large production of HO2 radical in liquid water radiolysis by ions of high Linear Energy Transfer. We evidence a strong selectivity of bond breakage in the case of ion-induced HOD fragmentation. Once the molecule doubly ionized, the breakage of the O-H bond is found 6.5 times more probable than that of the O-D bond. A semi-classical calculation simulating the fragmentation dynamics on the potential energy surface of the ground-state of di-cation H2O2+ makes possible to as well reproduce the preferential nature of the breakage of the O-H bond as the position and the shift of the kinetic energy distributions. First results concerning interaction with water clusters are also reported. Measurements in coincidence are carried out giving access to correlation, with the distributions in energy and angle of the emitted fragments. Mass spectrum points fast intra-cluster proton transfer, leading to the emission of protonated clusters. (author)

  14. Application of ionising radiation to the pharmaceutical industry

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    Pharmacons, commonly called 'Drugs', are subject to a many-sided procedure of development before they are released on the market and reach the patient. Again and again they are submitted to controls for safety reasons and at least seven (sometimes nine or ten) years pass before the active substance has made its way from chemistry through many trials with animals in experimental pathology and through the laboratories of the biochemistry department. Ionising radiation is used in each field of drug research as an additional method for obtaining information. In chemistry the structure of molecules can be detected by X-ray diffraction, and the active component elucidated. In the teratology section of experimental pathology the foetus just before delivery and newborn animals are X-rayed. This is in order to find out skeletal malformations that might have occurred during feeding of the substance in question during gestation. In biochemistry the pharmacon is labelled with a suitable radioactive isotope. Its way through the body can then be followed by measuring absorption rate, distribution, binding and elimination. It is also important to explore the influence of the drug on the organism and the reverse - how the pharmacon is influenced by the organism. This means examining the metabolites of the drug and the mechanism of action by means of serial auto-radiography and clearance or excretion studies. Gamma rays are employed for sterilisation of ointment tubes and vials just before filling. Sterilisation of the pharmacon is discussed. (author)

  15. The Laboratory appraisal of ionisation chamber smoke detectors

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    The present paper traces the development of the National Radiological Protection Board test programme for ionisation chamber smoke detectors, describes methods and summarises the results from the detectors which have been examined by NRPB. The results of dose rate and surface contamination measurements are included as well as data from the destructive testing programme. The 600degC fire test continues to produce the most interesting results especially concerning material incompatibility problems. Some source holder materials invariably cause loss of source integrity during a fire, as do certain methods of fixing the foil to the holder. In addition plastics containing certain fire retardants produce corrosive combustion products which cause loss of integrity of otherwise well-mounted sources. Fire tests at 1200degC were discontinued at an early stage in the programme since it was felt there was no additional information to be gained. As all detectors are now tested with respect to the NEA recommendations, the 1200degC incineration tests have been reinstated as part of the test programme. The criterion of failure relates to activity which becomes airborne rather than the total leakage concept which applies at the lower temperature. All the detectors submitted will ultimately be subjected to this test, and some preliminary results are presented here. (H.K.)

  16. Soja MON 87701 Résistant Aux Insectes

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    Santé Canada a avisé Monsanto Canada Inc. qu’il ne s’oppose pas à l’utilisation alimentaire du soja MON 87701 résistant aux insectes. Le Ministère a réalisé une évaluation approfondie de cette lignée de soja conformément aux Lignes directrices sur l’évaluation de l’innocuité des aliments nouveaux. Ces lignes directrices sont fondées sur les principes admis internationalement de l’établissement de l’innocuité d’aliments comportant des caractères nouveaux. Le texte qu...

  17. Des arbres et des herbes aux marges du Sahara

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    Bernus, Edmond

    1992-01-01

    Le Sahara possède une végétation qui est d'autant plus précieuse pour ses habitants qu'elle est rare. Les herbes, prairies d'"éphémères" dans les zones aux pluies les plus aléatoires, ou vivaces et annuelles plus régulières, fournissent un fourrage très recherché. Dans les marges méridionales des herbes permettent des ramassages de graines qui donnent aux nomades des nourritures appréciées. Mil, sorgho et riz poussent à l'état spontané : les deux premiers ont été domestiqués dans cette région...

  18. Sensibilisation aux gestes et postures de travail - French version only

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    Nous vous proposons un nouveau cours de sécurité lié aux manutentions manuelles (durée 1 jour) : Sensibilisation aux gestes et postures de travail. Si vous êtes amené à manipuler régulièrement des charges lourdes ou volumineuses, cette formation peut vous aider à prévenir les lésions musculaires ou dorsales. A l'issue de cette formation, vous serez capable d'adopter et d'appliquer les principes de base de sécurité physique et d'économie d'efforts dans les manipulations d'objets. Les cours sont pris en charge par la Commission de Sécurité. L'inscription EDH est obligatoire. Pour plus d'information, veuillez consulter les pages Formation & Développement (Groupe Sécurité)

  19. Electronic temperature measurement on the deca II plasma using the Bremsstrahlung; Mesure de la temperature electronique du plasma de deca II par etude du rayonnement de freinage

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    Dumas, A. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1967-06-01

    The electronic temperature of the DECA II machine's plasma is determined by studying the Bremsstrahlung. Two types of detectors are used for this measurement, a set scintillator-photo-multiplicator and a photoelectric effect detector with a massive silver target. The method used is the classical 'absorbent method', The absorbents used are thin formvar foils whose thickness is between 600 and 12 500 angstrom. The measurements done in two different working conditions of the DECA II machine have given: Te {approx_equal} 200 eV in the first case and Te {approx_equal} 70 eV in the second case. (author) [French] Nous avons determine la temperature electronique du plasma de la machine DECA II par l'etude du rayonnement de freinage. Pour cette mesure nous avons utilise deux types de detecteurs: des ensembles scintillateur-photomultiplicateur et un detecteur a effet photoelectrique a cible massive en argent. La methode utilisee pour cette mesure est la classique methode des absorbants. Nous avons utilise des feuilles de format tres mince (de 600 a 12 500 angstrom) comme absorbant. Les mesures faites dans deux regimes de travail differents de la machine DECA II nous ont conduit a: Te {approx_equal} 200 eV dans un cas et Te {approx_equal} eV dans l'autre cas. (auteur)

  20. Excitation and Ionisation dynamics in high-frequency plasmas

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    O'Connell, D.

    2008-07-01

    Non-thermal low temperature plasmas are widely used for technological applications. Increased demands on plasma technology have resulted in the development of various discharge concepts based on different power coupling mechanisms. Despite this, power dissipation mechanisms in these discharges are not yet fully understood. Of particular interest are low pressure radio-frequency (rf) discharges. The limited understanding of these discharges is predominantly due to the complexity of the underlying mechanisms and difficult diagnostic access to important parameters. Optical measurements are a powerful diagnostic tool offering high spatial and temporal resolution. Optical emission spectroscopy (OES) provides non-intrusive access, to the physics of the plasma, with comparatively simple experimental requirements. Improved advances in technology and modern diagnostics now allow deeper insight into fundamental mechanisms. In low pressure rf discharges insight into the electron dynamics within the rf cycle can yield vital information. This requires high temporal resolution on a nano-second time scale. The optical emission from rf discharges exhibits temporal variations within the rf cycle. These variations are particularly strong, in for example capacitively coupled plasmas (CCPs), but also easily observable in inductively coupled plasmas (ICPs), and can be exploited for insight into power dissipation. Interesting kinetic and non-linear coupling effects are revealed in capacitive systems. The electron dynamics exhibits a complex spatio-temporal structure. Excitation and ionisation, and, therefore, plasma sustainment is dominated through directed energetic electrons created through the dynamics of the plasma boundary sheath. In the relatively simple case of an asymmetric capacitively coupled rf plasma the complexity of the power dissipation is exposed and various mode transitions can be clearly observed and investigated. At higher pressure secondary electrons dominate the

  1. The Ionising Radiations Advisory Committee Open Meeting 10 October 2001

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    Full text: The Ionising Radiations Advisory Committee (IRAC) held its first open meeting on 10 October 2001 in response to a request from the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) that all its advisory committees should follow the Commission's example and hold such meetings. Some of the other advisory committees have already held open meetings and others are planning to do so shortly. The aim of the meeting was to enable members of the public to meet IRAC members and to find out more about the Committee - how it worked and the type of issues it dealt with. The first two sessions were devoted to short presentations describing IRAC's work and influences, now and in the future, on radiation protection generally. The third session was a discussion forum. The agenda for the meeting and the presentations are posted on the web at: www.hse.gov.uk/foi/iracopen.htm. Each session of presentations was followed by questions of clarification and the third session of the meeting comprised an open forum. Many of the questions raised were not directly relevant to IRAC but, nevertheless, members provided brief responses and referred questions on to others as appropriate. One question had been notified in advance, asking whether members of IRAC agreed that it is now (regrettably) reasonably foreseeable that a loss of containment of radioactive material may occur at a nuclear facility as a result of impact by an aeroplane or by other hostile acts, and that this should be made clear in published guidance on REPPIR. This question was not within IRAC's remit. The Chairman of the Nuclear Safety Advisory Committee offered to take the question to the Committee's next meeting. Issues discussed included: Concerns that exposure to ionising radiation at low levels is more dangerous than is currently reflected in risk estimates. The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on the main international bodies, including the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), the

  2. Evaluation of background ionising radiation levels within Gwagwalada town, Abuja

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    The background ionising radiation levels within Gwagwalada Town, Abuja has been carried out using Atomtex 1117M Radiation Monitor. Readings were taken in twelve different locations. Twenty different readings were taken at each location and the mean equivalent dose rate was used to calculate the annual equivalent dose rate. A total of 240 measurements were taken across the 12 locations in the study Area. It was observed that the average dose equivalent varied from 0.105±0.008 μSv/h to 0.114±0.015μSv/h with a mean of 0.109±0.013 μSv/h. The mean value from Ungwan Bassa shows the highest equivalent dose rate while the equivalent dose rate from Phase 3 was the lowest. Ungwan Dodo, Ungwan Gwari recorded the second and third highest in-situ gamma radiation of 0.113±0.013 μSv/h and 0.112±0.012 μSv/h respectively. The result shows that the entire equivalent dose rates of all the locations were below the value of the Standard Background Radiation of 0.133 μSv/h. The study also revealed that the average annual equivalent dose rate is 0.192±0.005 mSv/y which is lower than the value of 1.0 mSv/yr averaged over five consecutive years according to the dose limit recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP).

  3. Ionising radiations produced in the vicinity of a petawatt laser

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    Borne, F. [CEA Bruyeres le Chatel, Service de Protection contre les Rayonnements 91 (France); Marques, J.R. [Ecole Polytechnique, Lab. pour l' Utilisation des Lasers Intenses, 91 - Palaiseau (France)

    2006-07-01

    A previous experimental study dedicated to radiological characterization of an experimental chamber and surrounding areas of an high intensity laser facility (100-Terawatt regime) revealed significant levels of X ray, gamma and neutrons radiations under particular experimental conditions which can significantly increase while upgrading of the intensity and regime of the laser. In order to improve the knowledge of radiations produced by the new generation of peta watt lasers ( {approx_equal}1021 W/cm{sup 2}) and the associated radiation protection safety devices and shielding in these facilities, a numerical study has been performed using the parameters of the future peta watt laser facility in the Laboratory for the Use of Intense Lasers at Ecole Polytechnique (L.U.L.I. - Palaiseau - France). Based on simulations with the Monte Carlo code M.C.N.P.X., an analysis of doses induced by ionising radiations produced by Bremsstrahlung reactions and secondary reactions, respectively in the laser interaction target and in the vacuum chamber, has been investigated on different positions of the facility, in order to define and size the appropriate materials for protection against external exposure in this new type of plant. These results are benchmarked with previous numerical and experimental results obtained with similar input parameters of the V.U.L.C.A.N. facility at the C.L.R.C. Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (R.A.L. - Oxon - England). This benchmark shows good agreement between these different results. The aim of the present publication is to present and discuss these numerical results. (authors)

  4. Development of a new ionisation chamber, for HP(10) measurement, using Monte-Carlo simulation and experimental methods.

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    Silva, H; Cardoso, J; Oliveira, C

    2011-03-01

    An ionisation chamber that directly measures the quantity personal dose equivalent, H(p)(10), is used as a secondary standard in some metrology laboratories. An ionisation chamber of this type was first developed by Ankerhold. Using the Monte-Carlo simulation, the dose in the sensitive volume as a function of the IC dimensions and the effects of the several components of the ionising chamber have been investigated. Based on these results, a new ionising chamber, lighter than the previous ones, is constructed and experimentally tested. PMID:21208934

  5. Multiphoton ionisation and dissociation of NO 2 by 50 fs laser pulses

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    Singhal, R. P.; Kilic, H. S.; Ledingham, K. W. D.; Kosmidis, C.; McCanny, T.; Langley, A. J.; Shaikh, W.

    1996-04-01

    Multiphoton ionisation and dissociation of NO 2 has been studied experimentally at 375 nm for laser pulse widths of 10 ns and 50 fs. The parent NO 2 ion peak is not seen in the ns data. In all spectra, the main peak observed is due to the ionisation of the NO molecule which results from the dissociation of excited NO 2 formed after absorbing a 375 nm photon. The intensity dependencies of both NO and NO 2 ion peaks have also been measured. The data has been analysed within the context of a rate equation model using published cross-sections and dissociation rates except for the two-photon ionisation cross-section for NO 2 which was chosen to reproduce the NO 2/NO ion signal ratios at 50 fs. The rate equation model provides a good description of the complete set of data. Indirectly, it may be concluded that coherence effects do not play an important role in the multiphoton excitation/ionisation of NO 2. The data also rules out the importance of above-ionisation dissociation in NO 2 — a conclusion which is consistent with previous data at 496 and 248 nm for laser pulse widths ⩾ 300 fs.

  6. Bayesian analysis of nanodosimetric ionisation distributions due to alpha particles and protons.

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    De Nardo, L; Ferretti, A; Colautti, P; Grosswendt, B

    2011-02-01

    Track-nanodosimetry has the objective to investigate the stochastic aspect of ionisation events in particle tracks, by evaluating the probability distribution of the number of ionisations produced in a nanometric target volume positioned at distance d from a particle track. Such kind of measurements makes use of electron (or ion) gas detectors with detecting efficiencies non-uniformly distributed inside the target volume. This fact makes the reconstruction of true ionisation distributions, which correspond to an ideal efficiency of 100%, non-trivial. Bayesian unfolding has been applied to ionisation distributions produced by 5.4 MeV alpha particles and 20 MeV protons in cylindrical volumes of propane of 20 nm equivalent size, positioned at different impact parameters with respect to the primary beam. It will be shown that a Bayesian analysis performed by subdividing the target volume in sub-regions of different detection efficiencies is able to provide a good reconstruction of the true nanodosimetric ionisation distributions. PMID:21112893

  7. What Influences Public Opinion About Risks of Ionising Radiation in Medicine

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    Full text: Ionising radiation is used in many different ways and for different purposes in medicine. First of all, it is used both in diagnosing (radiology and in nuclear medicine) and therapy. When diagnosing diseases at an early stage, the amount of ionising radiation must be adequate to its specific purpose. In therapeutic medical exposures the usage of ionising radiation is acceptable for treating malignant diseases. Benign diseases (e.g. hyperthyreosis), on the other hand, do not always have to be treated with ionising radiation. Considering public perception of the risks of ionising radiation and their concern for the possible consequences, there are few aspects of how patients accept its use in diagnostic and therapeutic medical exposures. Some people are demanding such examinations and treatments even when there's the least significant symptom of disease. Others are very sceptic and refuse to risk their health (they are afraid of cancer) or to cause genetic effects. Our efforts are concentrated on creating realistic understanding of radiation risk among people. Only specialists in this field are competent and trusting persons who should introduce the patient with the gist of the problem. Their approach should be individual, since and above all, they should use understandable phrases. The intention of this paper is to discuss the main sources of influence on public perception of the (in)sufficiency of radiation protection in diagnosis and treating diseases in medicine. (author)

  8. A method of impact assessment for ionising radiation on wildlife

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    A method for undertaking an impact assessment of ionising radiation on wildlife has been developed for the UK Environment Agency, who has a legal requirement to assess the impacts of consents and authorisations for discharges under the Habitats Regulations (1994). A simple approach has been adopted based on the latest thinking in the field, in which the calculation of doses to wildlife are determined by their size, internal incorporation of radionuclides and external exposure in the environment. The doses are calculated either by using literature derived values or empirical measurements of radionuclide concentrations at the site of interest. The data required to enable dose calculations are: - Concentrations of each radionuclide in the soil/sediment, water or air (from empirical or modelled approaches); - Concentration factors for each radionuclide in each organism to be assessed relative to soil, water or air (based on literature values or actual measurements at the site of interest); - Organism dimensions (as an ellipsoid); - The proportion of time the organism spends in different 'compartments' of the ecosystem. The impact assessment approach then focuses on three ecosystems representative of those considered potentially most at risk from the impact of authorised radioactive discharges, namely a coastal grassland (terrestrial ecosystem); estuarine and freshwater ecosystems. A range of target organisms have been chosen to be representative of species found in each ecosystem. Several radionuclides were initially selected for the impact assessment: - Estuarine and freshwater ecosystems: 3H, 14C, 99Tc, 90Sr, 137Cs, 239+240Pu, 238U, 129I, 210Po - Terrestrial ecosystem: 3H, 14C, 35S, 90Sr, 137Cs, 239+240Pu, 238U, 129I, 226Ra. Subsequently, the method has been extended to additional radionuclides, including all the major natural series radionuclides. Dose calculations have been programmed into user-friendly Excel spreadsheets using Visual Basic for Applications. The

  9. Issues related to radiation protection in the medical application of ionising radiation

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    The medical application of ionising radiation is by far the largest contributor (about 95%) to human exposures from manmade sources of radiation. Diagnostic radiology, radiotherapy, nuclear medicine and interventional radiology procedures are common sources of the medical exposures. In addition to medical exposures, exposures also result from other radiation related occupational activities. This paper endeavours to summarise the relevant findings, conclusions and recommendations of UNSCEAR Report 2000 and the two recent IAEA international conferences, namely, (1) International Conference on the Radiological Protection of Patients in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy, Malaga, Spain, 2001, and (2) International Conference on Occupational Radiological Protection: Protecting Workers against exposure to ionising radiation, Geneva, Switzerland, 2002, with reference to medical applications of ionising radiation

  10. Simulation studies on a prototype ionisation chamber for measurement of personal dose equivalent, Hp(10)

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    A prototype ionisation chamber for direct measurement of the personal dose equivalent, Hp(10), similar to the one developed by the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesantalt (PTB), was designed and constructed by the Metrological Laboratory of Ionizing Radiation (LMRI) of Nuclear and Technological Inst. (ITN). Tests already performed have shown that the behaviour of this chamber is very similar to the PTB chamber, mainly the energy dependence for the X-ray radiation qualities of the ISO 4037-1 narrow series N-30, N-40, N-60, N-80, N-100 and N-120 and also for gamma radiation of 137Cs and 60Co. However, the results obtained also show a dependence on the energy and angles of incident radiation and a low magnitude of the electrical response of the ionisation chamber. In order to optimise the performance of the chamber, the LMRI initiated numerical simulation of this ionisation chamber by Monte Carlo method using the MCNPX code. (authors)

  11. Implications of polarity of unipolar ionisers on reduction of effective dose attributable to thoron progeny

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    Negative ionisers have been proved to be effective in reducing indoor particulates in general and activity concentrations due to radon and thoron (220Rn) decay products in workplace environments in particular. However, in comparison, there exist few studies on the effect of positive ions for mitigation. In the present work, particle and activity concentration reduction has been compared for three experimental conditions (two for positive ions and one for negative) in an unoccupied room with elevated 220Rn levels. The negative ioniser configuration provided a better concentration reduction factor of 4.59 with smallest characteristic depletion time. A theoretical estimate of the dose reduction factor is found to be 3.96 and 3.74, respectively, for positive and negative ioniser configuration. (authors)

  12. Sexe et pouvoir aux États-Unis

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    Mokhtar BEN BARKA

    2012-01-01

    Les adversaires politiques de Bill Clinton aiment à dire que l’Histoire se souviendra de lui plus à cause de ses mensonges et de sa sexualité débordante qu’en raison de son bilan. En vérité, les frasques sexuelles du président Clinton ne sont que la perpétuation d’une tradition qui remonte aux origines de la nation américaine. “Long before there was a United States of America”, écrit Shelley Ross, “there was sex, scandal, and corruption in American politics. In fact, some of the most notoriou...

  13. Ionisation of hydrogen-like atoms by a multiphoton absorption process

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    The general expression for the amplitude of the probability of ionisation by a multiphoton absorption process is derived. Its non-relativistic limit is taken and the bipolar approximation is used for calculating the ionisation cross-section of hydrogen-like atoms. This latter involves the summation over intermediate virtual states by means of: a) a recursion relationship concerning angular functions, b) a particular technique which when applied to radial functions makes it possible to solve a system of inhomogeneous first-order differential equations. (authors)

  14. Fifty years of individual monitoring of ionising radiation in Switzerland: History, trends and perspectives

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    In the last 50 y, individual monitoring of ionising radiation in Switzerland underwent substantial development, strongly influenced by type of applications of ionising radiation, monitoring technologies, knowledge of health risks, protection philosophies and regulatory frameworks. The role of individual monitoring in the system of radiation protection moved from a passive, a posteriori control of limits towards an important and more interactive tool for optimisation. Dose trends for occupational exposures document these developments. In the future, new and emerging dose intensive applications in medicine and an increasing demand for international harmonisation, particularly in Europe, will pose new challenges in individual monitoring. (authors)

  15. Evolution of tubular singular pulsed beams in a nonlinear dielectric medium upon ionisation

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    The dynamics of a high-power femtosecond tubular pulsed beam in a dielectric medium is numerically analysed upon optically induced ionisation. It is found that the balance between nonlinearities of opposite sign and different magnitude in the case of multiphoton ionisation favours the establishment of a quasi-soliton regime of radiation propagation over a distance exceeding several diffraction lengths. The use of these beams enables attaining high-density light fields and generate high-density plasmas. (interaction of laser radiation with matter. laser plasma)

  16. Bolometer's development, with simultaneous measurement of heat and ionisation signals, at Saclay

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    Yvon, D.; Wang, N; Chapellier, M.; Chardin, G.; Levêque, P.; L'Hote, D.; Pari, P.; Soudée, J.; Guerrier, G.

    1993-01-01

    We report the latest developments of our work on bolometers. Low noise readout simultaneously in charge and heat channel was achieved. Tests were conducted using a 7g bolometer build in Berkeley. Baseline widths 350eV $ (1\\sigma , $ phonon) and 1keV $ (1\\sigma , $ ionisation) were measured. But the 60keV phonon width was found to be significantly larger than the baseline width. Also the amplitude of ionisation signal was found to drift with time. This effect motivated a detailed study of ioni...

  17. Deuteron-and alpha particle-induced K-shell ionisation of W and Au atoms

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    Deuteron - and alpha particle - induced K-shell ionisation cross sections for W and Au were obtained from thick-target measurements for low impact velocities. They were compared to proton-induced cross sections in the same range of velocities. Equal-velocity cross sections ratios are a very stringent test to the corrections incorporated to the PWBA calculations. The σd/σp data presented in this paper sheds some light on the Coulomb-deflection corrections discussed in the literature. The consequences of the inelastic character of the ionisation process are thoroughly examined. (Author)

  18. Methodological approach of the North-Cotentin radioecological group in charge of the evaluation of doses and risks due to the radiations exposure of the North-Cotentin population; Approche methodologique du groupe radioecologie nord-cotentin charge de l'evaluation des doses et des risques dus aux expositions aux rayonnements de la population du nord-contentin

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    Sugierr, A. [CEA/Fontenay-aux-Roses, Inst. de Protection et de Surete Nucleaire (IPSN), 92 (France)

    1999-07-01

    The group has evaluated and validated the list and quantities of radioelements release(source term) for each of the four nuclear installations of the North Cotentin since their beginning of operation (the reprocessing plant of Cogema la Hague, the Flamanville nuclear power plant, the Manche storage plant and the arsenal of the Cherbourg harbour). The gathering of data relative to radionuclides in environment of the north Cotentin has allowed from one hand the publication of samples inventory and types of radioactivity measurements and in an other hand an analysis of the results. The intercomparison of transfer models in environment and the confrontation of their results with the measures have been used for the doses calculations to the references groups and to the children troop from the Beaumont-Hague district. Finally, the elements necessary to the doses and risks estimation have been itemized and validated. One of the questions that stands out of these works is this one of the aims of the surveillance and measurements in environment according to the different organisms that realize them. It is important to make the distinction between the routine measurements ( to be sure of the correct operation of the facility and that the authorized release limits are well respected) and the measurements that allow to reconstitute the dose to population groups. (N.C.)

  19. The ionised X-ray outflowing torus in ESO 323-G77: low-ionisation clumps confined by homogeneous warm absorbers

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    Sanfrutos, Mario; Krongold, Yair; Agís-González, Beatriz; Longinotti, Anna Lia

    2015-01-01

    We report on the long- and short-term X-ray spectral analysis of the polar-scattered Seyfert 1.2 galaxy ESO 323-G77, observed in three epochs between 2006 and 2013 with Chandra and XMM-Newton. Four high-resolution Chandra observations give us a unique opportunity to study the properties of the absorbers in detail, as well as their short time-scale (days) variability. From the rich set of absorption features seen in the Chandra data, we identify two warm absorbers with column densities and ionisations that are consistent with being constant on both short and long time-scales, suggesting that those are the signature of a rather homogeneous and extended outflow. A third absorber, ionised to a lesser degree, is also present and it replaces the strictly neutral absorber that is ubiquitously inferred from the X-ray analysis of obscured Compton-thin sources. This colder absorber appears to vary in column density on long time-scales, suggesting a non-homogeneous absorber. Moreover, its ionisation responds to the nucl...

  20. Safety Training: Sensibilisation aux gestes et postures de travail

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    2004-01-01

    Nous vous proposons un nouveau cours de sécurité lié aux manutentions manuelles (durée 1 jour) : Sensibilisation aux gestes et postures de travail. Si vous êtes amené à manipuler régulièrement des charges lourdes ou volumineuses, cette formation peut vous aider à prévenir les lésions musculaires ou dorsales. A l'issue de cette formation, vous serez capable d'adopter et d'appliquer les principes de base de sécurité physique et d'économie d'efforts dans les manipulations d'objets. Les cours sont pris en charge par la Commission de Sécurité. L'inscription EDH est obligatoire. Pour plus d'information, veuillez consulter les pages Formation & Développement (Groupe Sécurité). FORMATION EN SECURITE SAFETY TRAINING Laetitia Laddada 73811 - 79236 safety.training@cern.ch

  1. Safety Training: Sensibilisation aux gestes et postures de travail

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    Laetitia Laddada

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    If you wish to participate in one of the following courses, please discuss with your supervisor and apply electronically directly from the course description pages that can be found on the Web at: http://www.cern.ch/Training/ or fill in an 'application for training' form available from your Divisional Secretariat or from your DTO (Divisional Training Officer). Applications will be accepted in the order of their receipt.Nous vous proposons un nouveau cours de sécurité lié aux manutentions manuelles (durée 1 jour) : Sensibilisation aux gestes et postures de travail. Si vous êtes amené à manipuler régulièrement des charges lourdes ou volumineuses, cette formation peut vous aider à prévenir les lésions musculaires ou dorsales. A l'issue de cette formation, vous serez capable d'adopter et d'appliquer les principes de base de sécurité physique et d'&e...

  2. The ionising radiation (medical exposure) regulations - IR (ME) R, Malta

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    Full text: The regulations in Malta at present are in draft stage. These regulations partially implement European Council Directive 97/43/Euratom. This Directive lays down the basic measurements for the health and protection of individuals against dangers of ionising radiation in relation to medical exposure. The regulations impose duties on persons administering radiations, to protect people from unnecessary exposure whether as part of their own medical diagnosis, treatment or as part of occupational health worker for health screening, medico-legal procedures, voluntary participation in research etc. These regulations also apply to individuals who help other individuals undergoing medical exposure. Main provisions 1. Regulation 2 contains the definitions of 28 terms used in these regulations. 2. Regulation 3.1 and 3.2 sets out the medical exposures to which the regulations apply. 3. Regulation 4 requires approval of medical exposures due to medical research, from radiation protection board of Malta. 4. Regulation 5 prohibits new procedures involving medical exposure unless it has been justified in advance. 5. Regulation 6 provides conditions justifying medical exposures. It prohibits any medical exposure from being carried out which has not been justified and authorized and sets out matters to be taken into account for justification. 6. Regulation 7 requires that practitioner justifies the exposure, shall pay special attention towards (a) exposure from medical research procedures where there is no direct health benefit to the individual undergoing exposure, (b) exposures for medico-legal purposes; (c) exposures to pregnant or possible pregnant women and (d) exposures to breast-feeding women. 7. Regulation 8.1 to 8.3 prohibit any medical exposure from being carried out which has not been justified and sets out matters to be taken for justification 8. Regulation 8.4 prohibits an exposure if it cannot be justified. 9. Regulation 9 requires the employer to provide a

  3. Examining Pre-Service Teachers' Use of Atomic Models in Explaining Subsequent Ionisation Energy Values

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    Wheeldon, Ruth

    2012-01-01

    Chemistry students' explanations of ionisation energy phenomena often involve a number of non-scientific or inappropriate ideas being used to form causality arguments. Research has attributed this to many science teachers using these ideas themselves (Tan and Taber, in "J Chem Educ" 86(5):623-629, 2009). This research extends this work by…

  4. The impact of 137Cs ionising radiation on the biological effects of plants

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    Biological effects of exposure to low ionising radiation, especially of long-lasting exposure, have not yet been investigated thoroughly.The goal of this study was to determine internal irradiation doses caused by accumulated 137Cs in test plants and organisms. Environmental exposure of 11 test plant species to 137Cs ionising radiation reached internal irradiation doses of up to 32 micro Sv, which can already cause genotoxic changes in plants sensitive to ionising radiation. Laboratory experiments demonstrated that internal irradiation of the test organism Tradescantia with 0.5 micro Sv of 137Cs was lethal for 25 % of nonviable stamen hairs and for 1.3 % of somatic cells.Under laboratory conditions, negligible internal (0.6-600 micro Sv) and external (40-5500 micro Sv) ionising radiation doses of 137Cs stimulated root growth in Lepidium sativum and reduced the length of the cells nearest to the meristem, but no dose-dependent effect was observed.(author)

  5. Ionisation of Rydberg hydrogen atom near a metal surface by short pulse laser

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    Wang Lei; Yang Hai-Feng; Liu Xiao-Jun; Liu Hong-Ping

    2010-01-01

    In the ionisation of Rydberg hydrogen atoms near a metal surface,the electron will escape from the nucleus and arrive at the detector in a time sequence.This probability flux train relies on the initial electron wave packet irradiated by the laser pulse.For simplicity,the laser pulse is usually simplified to a delta function in energy domain,resulting in a sharp initial arrival time with an exponentially decaying tail at the detector.Actually and semiclassically,the initial outgoing wave should be modeled as an ensemble of trajectories propagating away from the atomic core in all directions with a range of launch times and a range of energies.In this case,each pulse in the pulse train is averaged out rather than a sharp profile.We examine how energy and time averaging of the electron wave packet affects the resolution of escaping electron pulses and study the energy dependence of the arrival time for each pulse in the ionisation train.An optimization condition for the laser pulse shape to generate narrow ionisation electron pulse in the train is obtained.The ionisation rates with various excitation energy are calculated also,which show the excitation to higher N Rydberg states will narrow the electron pulse as well.

  6. No evidence for large-scale outflows in the extended ionised halo of ULIRG Mrk273

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    Spence, R A W; Tadhunter, C N; Rose, M; Cabrera-Lavers, A; Spoon, H; Munoz-Tunon, C

    2016-01-01

    We present deep new GTC/OSIRIS narrow-band images and optical WHT/ISIS long-slit spectroscopy of the merging system Mrk273 that show a spectacular extended halo of warm ionised gas out to a radius of $\\sim45$ kpc from the system nucleus. Outside of the immediate nuclear regions (r > 6 kpc), there is no evidence for kinematic disturbance in the ionised gas: in the extended regions covered by our spectroscopic slits the emission lines are relatively narrow (FWHM $\\lesssim$ 350 km$\\rm s^{-1}$) and velocity shifts small (|$\\Delta$V| $\\lesssim{} $250 km$\\rm s^{-1}$). This is despite the presence of powerful near-nuclear outflows (FWHM > 1000 km$\\rm s^{-1}$; |$\\Delta$V| > 400 km$\\rm s^{-1}$; r < 6 kpc). Diagnostic ratio plots are fully consistent with Seyfert 2 photo-ionisation to the NE of the nuclear region, however to the SW the plots are more consistent with low-velocity radiative shock models. The kinematics of the ionised gas, combined with the fact that the main structures are aligned with low-surface-bri...

  7. International responsability of state by the deleterius effects of ionising radiation

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    International Responsability of State, considering the deleterius effects of ionising radiation on the human being, property, territory and environment which are under other jurisdiction, is focused. Conventional rules, costumary rules, the evolution of ''opinion juris'' as well as the decisions of tribunals related to the subject are analysed. (author)

  8. Calculated ionisation potentials to determine the oxidation of vanillin precursors by lignin peroxidase.

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    ten Have, R.; Rietjens, I.M.C.M.; Hartmans, S.; Swarts, H.J.; Field, J.A.

    1998-01-01

    In view of the biocatalytic production of vanillin, this research focused on the lignin peroxidase (LiP) catalysed oxidation of naturally occurring phenolic derivatives: O-methyl ethers, O-acetyl esters, and O-glucosyl ethers. The ionisation potential (IP) of a series of model compounds was calculat

  9. Bioaerosol detection by aerosol TOF-mass spectrometry: Application of matrix assisted laser desorption/ionisation

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    Wuijckhuijse, A.L. van; Stowers, M.A.; Kientz, Ch.E.; Marijnissen, J.C.M.; Scarlett, B.

    2000-01-01

    In previous publications the use of an aerosol time of flight mass spectrometer was reported for the on-line measurements of aerosols (Weiss 1997, Kievit 1995). The apparatus is capable of measuring the size as well as the chemical composition, by the use of Laser Desorption/Ionisation (LDI), of an

  10. Study and optimization of the ionisation channel in the Edelweiss dark matter direct detection experiment

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    The EDELWEISS experiment is aiming at the detection of Weakly Interactive Massive Particles (WIMPs), today's most favoured candidates for solving the dark matter issue. Background ionising particles are identified thanks to the simultaneous measurement of heat and ionisation in the detectors. The main limitation to this method is coming from the ionisation measurement, charge collection being less efficient in some part of the detectors known as 'dead' areas. The specificity of the measurement is due to the use of very low temperatures and low collection fields. This thesis is dedicated to the study of carrier trapping. It involves time-resolved charge measurements as well as a simulation code adapted to the specific physical conditions. We first present results concerning charge trapping at the free surfaces of the detectors. Our method allows to build a surface-charge in a controlled manner by irradiation with a strong radioactive source. This charge is then characterised with a weaker source which acts as a probe. In a second part of the work, bulk-trapping characteristics are deduced from charge collection efficiency measurements, and by an original method based on event localisation in the detector. The results show that a large proportion of the doping impurities are ionised, as indicated independently by the study of degradation by space-charge build-up. In this last part, near-electrodes areas are found to contain large densities of charged trapping centres, in connection with dead-layer effects. (author)

  11. S.I. No 125 of 2000 Radiological Protection Act 1991 (ionising radiation) Order 2000

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    This statutory instrument provides for the implementation of Council Directive 96/29/Euratom of 13 May 1996 laying down basic safety standards for the protection of the health of workers and the general public against the dangers arising from ionising radiation. It also incorporates the provisions of Council Directive 90/641/Euratom of 4 December 1990 on the operational protection of outside workers exposed to the risk of ionising radiation during their activities in controlled areas. It replaces the provisions of the European Communities (Ionising Radiation) Regulations, 1991 (S.I. No. 43 of 1991), the Radiological Protection Act, 1991 (General Control of Radioactive Substances, Nuclear Devices and Irradiating Apparatus) Order, 1993 (S.I. No. 151 of 1993) and the European Communities (Protection of Outside Workers from Ionising Radiation) Regulations, 1994 (S.I. No. 144 of 1994). The main changes introduced in this Order are: the inclusion of work activities involving exposure to natural sources of radiation, stricter application of existing radiation protection principles through the introduction of lower dose limits, the use of dose constraints in keeping doses as low as reasonably achievable (i.e. optimisation process) and extended application of justification principles, the introduction of radiation protection principles for intervention in cases of radiological emergencies or lasting exposures. (author)

  12. Student and intern awareness of ionising radiation exposure from common diagnostic imaging procedures

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    Full text: This study aims to evaluate medical student and intern awareness of ionising radiation exposure from common diagnostic imaging procedures and to suggest how education could be improved. Fourth to sixth year medical students enrolled at a Western Australian university and interns from three teaching hospitals in Perth were recruited. Participants were asked to complete a questionnaire consisting of 26 questions on their background, knowledge of ionising radiation doses and learning preferences for future teaching on this subject. A total of 331 completed questionnaires were received (95.9%). Of the 17 questions assessing knowledge of ionising radiation, a mean score of 6.0 was obtained by respondents (95% CI 5.8-6.2). Up to 54.8% of respondents underestimated the radiation dose from commonly requested radiological procedures. Respondents (11.3 and 25.5%) incorrectly believed that ultrasound and MRI emit ionising radiation, respectively. Of the four subgroups of respondents, the intern doctor subgroup performed significantly better (mean score 6.9, P< 0.0001, 95% CI 6.5-7.3) than each of the three medical student subgroups. When asked for the preferred method of teaching for future radiation awareness, a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops was preferred. This study has clearly shown that awareness of ionising radiation from diagnostic imaging is lacking among senior medical students and interns. The results highlight the need for improved education to minimise unnecessary exposure of patients and the community to radiation. Further studies are required to determine the most effective form of education.

  13. Sexe et pouvoir aux États-Unis

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    Mokhtar BEN BARKA

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Les adversaires politiques de Bill Clinton aiment à dire que l’Histoire se souviendra de lui plus à cause de ses mensonges et de sa sexualité débordante qu’en raison de son bilan. En vérité, les frasques sexuelles du président Clinton ne sont que la perpétuation d’une tradition qui remonte aux origines de la nation américaine. “Long before there was a United States of America”, écrit Shelley Ross, “there was sex, scandal, and corruption in American politics. In fact, some of the most notoriou...

  14. Le date rape aux États-Unis

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    Fassin, Éric

    2013-01-01

    Pour appréhender une culture, on peut partir, non des représentations partagées, mais des polémiques qui la déchirent. Ainsi du date rape aux États-Unis, invention du féminisme universitaire et médiatique des années 1980 : en posant la question de la violence au cœur des rapports amoureux, le féminisme impose moins une orthodoxie qu’il ne propose une interprétation, doublement contestée durant les années quatre-vingt-dix par les intellectuels conservateurs et les essayistes « post-féministes ...

  15. Les TIC, un prétexte aux relations internationales

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    Rozzonelli, Carole

    2014-01-01

    La plupart de nos étudiants ne pouvant pas se permettre de passer quelques mois à l’étranger avant leur troisième année à l’université, nous avons développé une démarche pédagogique utilisant les nouvelles technologies. Il s’agit d’une expérience d’apprentissage originale : en nous référant fréquemment à la transmission en temps réel et aux nombreux services interactifs que l’Internet peut nous offrir de nos jours. Nos étudiants se servent de ressources en ligne pour l’apprentissage de l’angl...

  16. Shakespeare Cliff, rempart symbolique aux portes du royaume

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    Jeremy Price

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Figure 1 : Clarkson STANFIELD, Shakespeare Cliff, Dover, 1849, 1862« Il est une falaise, dont le front haut et courbeRegarde avec effroi dans l’abîme qu’elle enserre :Conduis-moi jusqu’à son bordEt je remédierai à la misère que tu souffresPar quelque riche objet ; de cet endroitJe n’aurai point besoin de guide. »Les lignes ci-dessus, tirées de l’Acte IV, Scène I du Roi Lear, font allusion aux falaises de Douvres, plus particulièrement à leur point culminant, un grand bloc de calcaire et de cr...

  17. La diaspora, instrument de la politique de puissance et de rayonnement de l’Inde à l’île Maurice et dans le monde

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    Anouck Carsignol-Singh

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Les Persons of Indian Origin (PIO ont depuis le début du XXe siècle servi de levier à l’intelligentsia indienne pour rehausser l’image du pays et contribuer à son rayonnement culturel sur la scène internationale, en tant qu’ambassadeurs culturels de l’Inde dans leur pays de résidence. Aujourd’hui, les nouveaux liens établis entre New Delhi et les Non Resident Indians (NRI dépassent largement le cadre de la diplomatie culturelle, et leur mobilisation économique ou politique en faveur du traité nucléaire contribuent à l’affirmation de la puissance de l’Inde. Une analyse de la mobilisation des Indo-Mauriciens permet de mettre en lumière le double rôle du facteur diasporique dans l’émergence de l’Inde comme grande puissance régionale et internationale, en tant qu’instrument à la fois du Soft Power et de la Realpolitik de New Delhi.People of Indian Origin (PIOs have, since the beginning of the XXth century, been used by the Indian intelligentsia to promote the image of the sub-continent and diffuse India’s cultural values on the international stage, as cultural ambassadors of India in their host countries. Today, the new partnership between New Delhi and the Non Resident Indians (NRIs go beyond India’s cultural diplomacy, and the support of the Diaspora in favour of the nuclear deal plays a strategic part in the affirmation of India as an emerging power. An analysis of the mobilisation of Indo-Mauritians in line with the interests and values of India illustrates the double role of the diasporic factor in the emergence of India as a regional and global power, as a tool of New Delhi’s soft power and Realpolitik.

  18. Application de la combustion catalytique aux turbines à gaz

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    Lebas, E.; Martin, G. H.

    2002-04-01

    La réduction des émissions d'oxydes d'azote sur turbines à gaz est obtenue par diminution de la température au sein de la chambre de combustion. Les techniques possibles comprennent l'injection d'eau ou de vapeur, la combustion pauvre et l'oxydation catalytique. Parmi celles-ci, la dernière est la plus prometteuse en terme de coûts et de performances, avec des émissions de NOx ramenées à un seul chiffre (typiquement inférieures à 3 ppm). L'IFP travaille depuis maintenant 10 ans sur l'adaptation de la combustion catalytique aux turbines à gaz. Les études ont été conduites au travers de projets européen tels que AGATA (Advance Gas Turbine for Automotive Application) et ULECAT (Ultra Low CATalytic combustor for dual fuel gas turbine). Le premier projet était destiné au développement de véhicules hybrides et le second à la combustion stationnaire de biogaz et de combustible Diesel. Les études en cours dans ce domaine portent sur le développement d'une unité de cogénération intégrant une microturbine à combustion catalytique. Les travaux menés à l'IFP concernent la mise au point de catalyseurs répondant aux exigences de la combustion catalytique en turbine à gaz et le développement de chambres de combustion permettant la mise en oeuvre de ces catalyseurs.

  19. Constitutive auxin response in Physcomitrella reveals complex interactions between Aux/IAA and ARF proteins.

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    Lavy, Meirav; Prigge, Michael J; Tao, Sibo; Shain, Stephanie; Kuo, April; Kirchsteiger, Kerstin; Estelle, Mark

    2016-01-01

    The coordinated action of the auxin-sensitive Aux/IAA transcriptional repressors and ARF transcription factors produces complex gene-regulatory networks in plants. Despite their importance, our knowledge of these two protein families is largely based on analysis of stabilized forms of the Aux/IAAs, and studies of a subgroup of ARFs that function as transcriptional activators. To understand how auxin regulates gene expression we generated a Physcomitrella patens line that completely lacks Aux/IAAs. Loss of the repressors causes massive changes in transcription with misregulation of over a third of the annotated genes. Further, we find that the aux/iaa mutant is blind to auxin indicating that auxin regulation of transcription occurs exclusively through Aux/IAA function. We used the aux/iaa mutant as a simplified platform for studies of ARF function and demonstrate that repressing ARFs regulate auxin-induced genes and fine-tune their expression. Further the repressing ARFs coordinate gene induction jointly with activating ARFs and the Aux/IAAs. PMID:27247276

  20. Constitutive auxin response in Physcomitrella reveals complex interactions between Aux/IAA and ARF proteins

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    Lavy, Meirav; Prigge, Michael J; Tao, Sibo; Shain, Stephanie; Kuo, April; Kirchsteiger, Kerstin; Estelle, Mark

    2016-01-01

    The coordinated action of the auxin-sensitive Aux/IAA transcriptional repressors and ARF transcription factors produces complex gene-regulatory networks in plants. Despite their importance, our knowledge of these two protein families is largely based on analysis of stabilized forms of the Aux/IAAs, and studies of a subgroup of ARFs that function as transcriptional activators. To understand how auxin regulates gene expression we generated a Physcomitrella patens line that completely lacks Aux/IAAs. Loss of the repressors causes massive changes in transcription with misregulation of over a third of the annotated genes. Further, we find that the aux/iaa mutant is blind to auxin indicating that auxin regulation of transcription occurs exclusively through Aux/IAA function. We used the aux/iaa mutant as a simplified platform for studies of ARF function and demonstrate that repressing ARFs regulate auxin-induced genes and fine-tune their expression. Further the repressing ARFs coordinate gene induction jointly with activating ARFs and the Aux/IAAs. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.13325.001 PMID:27247276

  1. Study of the mechanism of direct laser desorption/ionisation for some small organic molecules (M < 400 Daltons).

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    Benazouz; Hakim; Debrun; Strivay; Weber

    1999-12-15

    Aspects of direct laser desorption/ionisation have been studied for three molecules, aminotriazole (positive ion), dinoterb and ioxynil (negative ion). The samples are deposited on metallic substrates, and a nitrogen laser is used for desorption/ionisation; ion yields are measured with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer. Previous work had shown that ion yields can strongly vary from one substrate to another, and that this variation does not reflect the (calculated) metal surface temperatures. New results obtained in this work indicate that the desorption/ionisation mechanism is linked to the physical state of the substrate surface. Copyright 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:10567927

  2. Caractérisation et modélisation des émissions rayonnées par le câblage des systèmes électroniques embarqués

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    Yahyaoui, Wissem,

    2011-01-01

    La cohabitaion, dans une même enceinte, des systèmes électroniques de puissance et decommande est un risque majeur pour le bon fonctionnement des systèmes électroniquesembarqués (Automobile, Aéronautique et Spatial). La maitrise de la CEM de ces systèmes estun défit surtout avec la difficulté de rendre compte des phénomènes EM.Ce mémoire décrit la modélisation des émissions conduites et des émissions EM rayonnéespar le câblage des systèmes électroniques embarqués. On explique d’abord le choix...

  3. Effet de l'azote et du rayonnement sur le developpement des feuilles et de l'epi chez le ble d'hiver : mise en place de l'appareil foliaire et de la structure de l'epi

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    Triboï, E.; Ntonga, J.

    1993-01-01

    Des plantes monotalles élevées depuis le semis en faible nutrition azotée ou en faible rayonnement ont été transférées en conditions optimales à différents stades du développement. La carence en N et l’ombrage ont augmenté le thermochrone et leur suppression l’a diminué. L’ombrage a diminué le nombre de feuilles (-2) et la carence en N le nombre final d’épillets (-4). Le nombre de grains par épi a varié de 54 à 111. L’azote a agi surtout sur la zone basale de l’épi et la lumière sur la moitié...

  4. Etude des effets du rayonnement UV-B sur la physiologie foliaire et la maturation des baies chez la Vigne (Vitis vinifera L. cv Tempranillo), dans le contexte du changement climatique (déficit hydrique, température et taux de CO2 élevés)

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    Martinez Lüscher, Johann

    2014-01-01

    Ce travail de thèse porte sur l’effet du rayonnement UV-B sur la physiologie foliaire et la maturation des baies chez la Vigne (Vitis vinifera L. cv Tempranillo), dans le contexte du changement climatique en cours. Dans ce but, des expériences ont été menées en conditions contrôlées en serre, sur des boutures fructifères. Les plantes ont été exposées à trois doses de rayonnement UV-B biologiquement actifs (0, 5,98 et 9,66 kJ.m-2.jour-1), soit à partir de la nouaison, soit à partir de la vérai...

  5. Serum ionised calcium and cardiovascular disease in 45-years old men and women followed for 18 years

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    Ogard, Christina Gerlach; Petersen, Janne; Jørgensen, Torben;

    2006-01-01

    High level of total serum calcium within the normal range has been associated with increased cardiovascular risk. We wanted to evaluate whether the physiological active ionised form of calcium also was a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Methods: A total of 974 participants from...... a health survey in 1981 in Copenhagen had ionised serum calcium and different cardiovascular risk factors measured. The participants were followed until 1999 in The National Hospital Patients Registry and The National Death Registry in Denmark regarding the diagnosis ischemic heart disease (IHD......) and a broader definition of CVD. Persons with ionised serum calcium in the highest quintile were compared with persons in the lower four quintiles. Results: In a univariate analysis persons with ionised serum calcium in the highest quintile had increased risk of IHD (p=0.001) and CVD (p=0.02) compared...

  6. Les représentations sociales du travail dans des parcours de retour aux études aux niveaux collégial et universitaire

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    Claude Julie Bourque; Pierre Doray

    2009-01-01

    Cet article porte sur le volet éducatif de la production et de la reproduction de la main-d’œuvre hautement qualifiée par l’examen des processus en jeu au moment des retours aux études dans des programmes de formation technique et de génie. Nous nous intéressons en particulier à une situation emblématique des référentiels politiques récents en matière d’éducation, soit les retours aux études. Nous cherchons à mieux comprendre comment le retour aux études se réalise, comment les représentation...

  7. Influence of ionising radiation on macromolecular components of wheat; possible use in detecting irradiated wheat

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    Jabir, A.-W.Sh.

    1992-01-01

    The treatment of food by ionising radiation is already permitted by many governments and is under consideration by many others. Cereal are irradiated as a means of disinfestation, this study investigates the effects of such processing on the components of wheat and examines using such radiation induced changes to detect irradiation. Wheat has been irradiated with ionising radiation in the dose range up to 1 kGy. The rheological properties of doughs prepared from this irradiated wheat have been investigated. An immunological assay has been employed to investigate the effect of wheat irradiation on the integrity of gliadin. A method has been developed for the routine isolation of DNA from wheat. Radiation-induced disruption of the DNA double helix has been assessed in DNA extracted from irradiated wheat and calf thymus DNA irradiated in aqueous solution. (author).

  8. A measurement of the cross section for electron impact ionisation of singly charged tungsten ions

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    The crossed ion and electron beams technique has been used to make an absolute measurement of the cross section for the ionisation process e + W+ → 2e + W2+ at energies ranging from below threshold up to 750 eV. The W+ ions are probably mainly in the 6D ground state but with a significant fraction in the 4D metastable state. Comparison of the present data with the scaled Born prediction of earlier workers shows quite good agreement above about 50 eV, but the theory seriously underestimates the cross section at lower energies. The measured ionisation threshold for the ground-state ion is 16.1 +- 1.0 eV, compared with the 17.7 eV from a previous study of screening constants. (author)

  9. Impact-parameter-dependent multiple ionisation probabilities for fast proton-neon collisions

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    Absolute multiple ionisation probabilities in dependence of the impact parameter b have been measured for 0.5 and 1.0 MeV proton on neon collisions in an impact parameter regime of b K, where rK is the expectation value for the Ne K-∼ shell radius. The analysis of the experimental data within the independent-particle models provided b-dependent absolute K and L-shell ionisation probabilities PK(b) and PL(b). The PL(b) are in fair agreement with results of classical many-body calculations (CTMC), the PK(b) are well described in the semiclassical approximation (SCA). (author)

  10. Exploring the Powerful Ionised Wind in the Seyfert Galaxy PG1211+143

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    Pounds, Ken

    2013-10-01

    Highly-ionised high-speed winds in AGN (UFOs) were first detected with XMM-Newton a decade ago, and are now established as a key factor in the study of SMBH accretion, and in the growth and metal enrichment of their host galaxies. However, information on the ionisation and dynamical structure, and the ultimate fate of UFOs remains very limited. We request a 600ks extended XMM-Newton study of the prototype UFO PG1211+143 in AO-13, to obtain high quality EPIC and RGS spectra, to map the flow structure and variability, while seeking evidence for the anticipated interaction with the ISM and possible conversion of the energetic wind to a momentum-driven flow.

  11. Constraints on ionising photon production from the large-scale Lyman-alpha forest

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    Pontzen, Andrew; Peiris, Hiranya; Verde, Licia

    2014-01-01

    Recent work has shown that the z~2.5 Lyman-alpha forest on large scales encodes information about the galaxy and quasar populations that keep the intergalactic medium photoionized. We present the first forecasts for constraining the populations with data from current and next-generation surveys. At a minimum the forest should tell us whether galaxies or, conversely, quasars dominate the photon production. The number density and clustering strength of the ionising sources might be estimated to sub-10% precision with a DESI-like survey if degeneracies (e.g., with the photon mean-free-path, small-scale clustering power normalization and potentially other astrophysical effects) can be broken by prior information. We demonstrate that, when inhomogeneous ionisation is correctly handled, constraints on dark energy do not degrade.

  12. Ionisation and discharge in cloud-forming atmospheres of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets

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    Helling, Ch; Rodriguez-Barrera, I M; Wood, Kenneth; Robertson, G B; Stark, C R

    2016-01-01

    Brown dwarfs and giant gas extrasolar planets have cold atmospheres with a rich chemical compositions from which mineral cloud particles form. Their properties, like particle sizes and material composition, vary with height, and the mineral cloud particles are charged due to triboelectric processes in such dynamic atmospheres. The dynamics of the atmospheric gas is driven by the irradiating host star and/or by the rotation of the objects that changes during its lifetime. Thermal gas ionisation in these ultra-cool but dense atmospheres allows electrostatic interactions and magnetic coupling of a substantial atmosphere volume. Combined with a strong magnetic field $\\gg B_{\\rm Earth}$, a chromosphere and aurorae might form as suggested by radio and X-ray observations of brown dwarfs. Non-equilibrium processes like cosmic ray ionisation and discharge processes in clouds will increase the local pool of free electrons in the gas. Cosmic rays and lighting discharges also alter the composition of the local atmospheri...

  13. Non-targeted effects of ionising radiation—Implications for low dose risk

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    Kadhim, Munira; Salomaa, Sisko; Wright, Eric;

    2013-01-01

    respect to systemic (human health) consequences at low and intermediate doses of ionising radiation. Other outstanding questions include links between the different non-targeted responses and the variations in response observed between individuals and cell lines, possibly a function of genetic background....... Furthermore, it is still not known what the initial target and early interactions in cells are that give rise to non-targeted responses in neighbouring or descendant cells. This paper provides a commentary on the current state of the field as a result of the non-targeted effects of ionising radiation (NOTE......) Integrated Project funded by the European Union. Here we critically examine the evidence for non-targeted effects, discuss apparently contradictory results and consider implications for low-dose radiation health effects. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved....

  14. Measurement of the electronic density of ionised media by hyper frequency methods

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    Within the limits of the I.N.S.T.N. courses on plasmas, this analytical study summarizes the articles quoted in the references on hyper-frequency techniques for the measurement of electronic density of an ionised gas. It is neither exhaustive nor complete and further details may be obtained by referring to the works mentioned. The first part, devoted to the theoretical side, concert the propagation of electromagnetic waves ionised media and the excitation of stationary raves in electromagnetic cavities. The second part deals with the measurement techniques themselves. It includes those techniques which hare become classic, and also more recent ones being developed in various laboratories and in the Service of Applied Physics at Saclay. (author)

  15. Three-Dimensional S-Matrix Simulation of Single-Electron Resonant Tunnelling Through Random Ionised Donor States

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    Mizuta, Hiroshi

    1998-01-01

    This paper presents a numerical study of single-electron resonant tunnelling (RT) assisted by a few ionised donors in a laterally-confined resonant tunnelling diode (LCRTD). The 3D multi-mode S-matrix simulation is performed newly introducing the scattering potential of discrete impurities. With a few ionised donors being placed, the calculated energy-dependence of the total transmission rate shows new resonances which are donor-configuration dependent. Visualised electron probability density...

  16. Three-dimensional S-matrix simulation of single-electron resonant tunnelling through random ionised donor states

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    Hiroshi Mizuta

    1998-01-01

    This paper presents a numerical study of single-electron resonant tunnelling (RT) assisted by a few ionised donors in a laterally-confined resonant tunnelling diode (LCRTD). The 3D multi-mode S-matrix simulation is performed newly introducing the scattering potential of discrete impurities. With a few ionised donors being placed, the calculated energy-dependence of the total transmission rate shows new resonances which are donor-configuration dependent. Visualised electron prob...

  17. Characterisation of surface ionisation and adsorption of phenol and 4-nitrophenol on non-porous carbon blacks

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    Carrott, Peter; Carrott, Manuela; Vale, Tania; Valente Nabais, Joao; Mourao, Paulo

    2008-01-01

    The adsorption of phenol and 4-nitrophenol from aqueous solutions by carbon blacks was studied. Particular attention was paid to the characterisation of the surface chemistry and ionisation of the carbon blacks by use of a simple carbon surface ionisation model, as well as the use of a normalised form of the Freundlich equation for the analysis of the adsorption isotherms. The results indicated that the solutes interact directly with the graphene layers and that the adsorpti...

  18. Exposure of the French paediatric population to ionising radiation from diagnostic medical procedures in 2010

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    Medical examination is the main source of artificial radiation exposure. Because children present an increased sensitivity to ionising radiation, radiology practices at a national level in paediatrics should be monitored. This study describes the ionising radiation exposure from diagnostic medical examinations of the French paediatric population in 2010. Data on frequency of examinations were provided by the French National Health Insurance through a representative sample including 107,627 children ages 0-15 years. Effective doses for each type of procedure were obtained from the published French literature. Median and mean effective doses were calculated for the studied population. About a third of the children were exposed to at least one examination using ionising radiation in 2010. Conventional radiology, dental exams, CT scans and nuclear medicine and interventional radiology represent respectively 55.3%, 42.3%, 2.1% and 0.3% of the procedures. Children 10-15 years old and babies from birth to 1 year are the most exposed populations, with respectively 1,098 and 734 examinations per 1,000 children per year. Before 1 year of age, chest and pelvis radiographs are the most common imaging tests, 54% and 32%, respectively. Only 1% of the studied population is exposed to CT scan, with 62% of these children exposed to a head-and-neck procedure. The annual median and mean effective doses were respectively 0.03 mSv and 0.7 mSv for the exposed children. This study gives updated reference data on French paediatric exposure to medical ionising radiation that can be used for public health or epidemiological purposes. Paediatric diagnostic use appears much lower than that of the whole French population as estimated in a previous study. (orig.)

  19. Analysis of oak tannins by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry.

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    Mämmelä, P; Savolainen, H; Lindroos, L; Kangas, J; Vartiainen, T

    2000-09-01

    Extractable tannins were analysed by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry in two oak species, North American white oak (Quercus alba) and European red oak (Quercus robur). They mainly included various glucose gallic and ellagic acid esters. The structures were partially determined, and they included grandinin/roburin E, castalagin/vescalagin, gallic acid, valoneic acid bilactone, monogalloyl glucose, digalloyl glucose, trigalloyl glucose, ellagic acid rhamnose, quercitrin and ellagic acid. PMID:10999626

  20. The design of a calorimetric standard of ionising radiation absorbed dose

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    The design of a calorimetric working standard of ionising radiation absorbed dose is discussed. A brief history of the appropriate quantities and units of measurement is given. Detailed design considerations follow a summary of the relevant literature. The methods to be used to relate results to national standards of measurement are indicated, including the need for various correction factors. A status report is given on the construction and testing program

  1. On the effect of the ionising background on the Ly{\\alpha} forest autocorrelation function

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    Gontcho, Satya Gontcho A; Miralda-Escudé, Jordi; Busca, Nicolás G.

    2014-01-01

    An analytical framework is presented to understand the effects of a fluctuating intensity of the cosmic ionising background on the correlations of the Ly{\\alpha} forest transmission fraction measured in quasar spectra. In the absence of intensity fluctuations, the Ly{\\alpha} power spectrum should have the expected cold dark matter power spectrum with redshift distortions in the linear regime, with a bias factor b_{\\delta} and a redshift distortion parameter {\\beta} that depend on redshift but...

  2. Ionising radiation and risk of death from leukaemia and lymphoma in radiation-monitored workers (INWORKS)

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    Since July 2015 the study ''ionising radiation and risk of death from leukaemia and lymphoma in radiation-monitored workers (INWORKS) - an international cohort study'' is available. INWORKS comprised data from 300.000 occupational exposed and dosimetric monitored persons from France, USA and UK. The contribution is a critical discussion of this study with respect to the conclusion of a strong evidence of positive associations between protracted low-dose irradiation exposure and leukemia.

  3. Experimental investigation of the utilisation of ionisation gauges for leak detection

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    Benvenuti, C

    1972-01-01

    A description is given of a method of leak detecting applicable to the ISR (CERN) vacuum system after bakeout. This method, based on the enhanced indication of an ionisation gauge obtained when replacing the air around the leak by Argon, affords a detection efficiency not lower than that obtainable by means of a traditional leak detector; furthermore it does not introduce contamination risks after bakeout. (4 refs).

  4. The philosophy and assumptions underlying exposure limits for ionising radiation, inorganic lead, asbestos and noise

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    Full text: A review of the literature relating to exposure to, and exposure limits for, ionising radiation, inorganic lead, asbestos and noise was undertaken. The four hazards were chosen because they were insidious and ubiquitous, were potential hazards in both occupational and environmental settings and had early and late effects depending on dose and dose rate. For all four hazards, the effect of the hazard was enhanced by other exposures such as smoking or organic solvents. In the cases of inorganic lead and noise, there were documented health effects which affected a significant percentage of the exposed populations at or below the [effective] exposure limits. This was not the case for ionising radiation and asbestos. None of the exposure limits considered exposure to multiple mutagens/carcinogens in the calculation of risk. Ionising radiation was the only one of the hazards to have a model of all likely exposures, occupational, environmental and medical, as the basis for the exposure limits. The other three considered occupational exposure in isolation from environmental exposure. Inorganic lead and noise had economic considerations underlying the exposure limits and the exposure limits for asbestos were based on the current limit of detection. All four hazards had many variables associated with exposure, including idiosyncratic factors, that made modelling the risk very complex. The scientific idea of a time weighted average based on an eight hour day, and forty hour week on which the exposure limits for lead, asbestos and noise were based was underpinned by neither empirical evidence or scientific hypothesis. The methodology of the ACGIH in the setting of limits later brought into law, may have been unduly influenced by the industries most closely affected by those limits. Measuring exposure over part of an eight hour day and extrapolating to model exposure over the longer term is not the most effective way to model exposure. The statistical techniques used

  5. Ionising radiation and risk of death from leukaemia and lymphoma in radiation-monitored workers (INWORKS)

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    Lorenz, Bernd

    2015-07-01

    Since July 2015 the study ''ionising radiation and risk of death from leukaemia and lymphoma in radiation-monitored workers (INWORKS) - an international cohort study'' is available. INWORKS comprised data from 300.000 occupational exposed and dosimetric monitored persons from France, USA and UK. The contribution is a critical discussion of this study with respect to the conclusion of a strong evidence of positive associations between protracted low-dose irradiation exposure and leukemia.

  6. Determination of the ionisation potential of certain hydrocarbons in the liquid phase

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    The first results obtained are presented on the determination of the ionisation potential of four alkanes (n-hexane, n-pentane, cyclopentane and trimethyl-2,2,4 pentane) in the liquid phase. In the gaseous phase, the ionisation potential values of these hydrocarbons are respectively 10.18 eV for n-hexane, 10.35 eV for n-pentane, 10.53 eV for cyclopentane and 9.86 eV for trimethyl-2,2,4 pentane. Consequently rare gas resonance lamps (krypton and Xenon) were made, sealed and excited by an ultra-high frequency wave, which emit photons in the energy field concerned, i.e. from 8.5 eV to 11eV. The energy of the photons emitted by these lamps is respectively 8.44 eV (100%) and 9.57 eV (2%) for xenon and 10.03 eV (100%) and 10.64 eV (5%) for krypton. From the extent of the induced ionisation currents and particularly the value of the ratio of the currents induced by the photons of the krypton and xenon lamps, a minimum value of the ionisation potential drop can be deduced compared with the gas phase of 0.61 eV for n-hexane, 0.78 eV for n-pentane, 0.96 eV for cyclopentane and a maximum value of 1.42 eV for trimethyl-2,2,4 pentane

  7. Tools to discover anionic and nonionic polyfluorinated alkyl surfactants by liquid chromatography electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry

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    Trier, Xenia; Granby, Kit; Christensen, Jan H.

    2011-01-01

    A tiered approach is proposed for the discovery of unknown anionic and nonionic polyfluorinated alkyl surfactants (PFASs) by reversed phase ultra high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) – negative electrospray ionisation – quadrupole time of flight mass spectrometry (UHPLC–ESI−–QTOF–MS). T.......g., structural PFAS isomers. The method has been used to discover PFASs in industrial blends and in extracts from food contact materials....

  8. Computer modeling and experimental work on the astrobiological implications of the martian subsurface ionising radiation environment

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    Dartnell, L. R.

    2008-01-01

    Any microbial life extant in the top meters of the martian subsurface is likely to be held dormant for long periods of time by the current permafrost conditions. In this potential habitable zone, a major environmental hazard is the ionising radiation field generated by the flux of exogenous energetic particles: solar energetic protons and galactic cosmic rays. The research reported here constitutes the first multidisciplinary approach to assessing the astrobiological impact of ...

  9. Accuracy evaluation of the prescribed calibration factors for ionisation chambers belonging to radiotherapy centres

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    Air kerma and exposure calibration factors of 14 ionisation chambers belonging to ten local radiotherapy centres have been determined by SSDL in the recent last ten month (1/10/1998 - 31/7/1999). The results obtained were compared either with previous SSDL results, or the chambers certificate values. The range of the percentage deviations obtained was -1.70% to 1.18%, which lies between the IAEA accepted value of range ±3.5%. (author)

  10. International Atomic Energy Agency Regional Workshop on Commercialisation of ionising energy treatment of food: proceedings

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    The global need to ensure adequate food supplies places a demand on new technologies and techniques to improve yields and preservation of food by eliminating or reducing bacterial degradation and infestation of raw or processed foods. The use of ionising radiation in food processing also has potential to alleviate certain food-borne diseases which cause serious threats to the health of people in many countries

  11. Exposure of the French paediatric population to ionising radiation from diagnostic medical procedures in 2010

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    Etard, Cecile; Aubert, Bernard [Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire, Medical Expertise Unit, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France); Mezzarobba, Myriam [Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire, Laboratory of Epidemiology, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France); Bernier, Marie-Odile [Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire, Laboratory of Epidemiology, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France); Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire, IRSN/PRP-HOM/SRBE/LEPID, Laboratoire d' Epidemiologie, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France)

    2014-12-15

    Medical examination is the main source of artificial radiation exposure. Because children present an increased sensitivity to ionising radiation, radiology practices at a national level in paediatrics should be monitored. This study describes the ionising radiation exposure from diagnostic medical examinations of the French paediatric population in 2010. Data on frequency of examinations were provided by the French National Health Insurance through a representative sample including 107,627 children ages 0-15 years. Effective doses for each type of procedure were obtained from the published French literature. Median and mean effective doses were calculated for the studied population. About a third of the children were exposed to at least one examination using ionising radiation in 2010. Conventional radiology, dental exams, CT scans and nuclear medicine and interventional radiology represent respectively 55.3%, 42.3%, 2.1% and 0.3% of the procedures. Children 10-15 years old and babies from birth to 1 year are the most exposed populations, with respectively 1,098 and 734 examinations per 1,000 children per year. Before 1 year of age, chest and pelvis radiographs are the most common imaging tests, 54% and 32%, respectively. Only 1% of the studied population is exposed to CT scan, with 62% of these children exposed to a head-and-neck procedure. The annual median and mean effective doses were respectively 0.03 mSv and 0.7 mSv for the exposed children. This study gives updated reference data on French paediatric exposure to medical ionising radiation that can be used for public health or epidemiological purposes. Paediatric diagnostic use appears much lower than that of the whole French population as estimated in a previous study. (orig.)

  12. Helium-Nanotröpfchen : Pump-Probe-Ionisation von Alkalidotierungen und Spinechostreuung an undotierten Tropfen

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    Droppelmann, Georg

    2005-01-01

    In dieser Arbeit werden verschiedenste experimentelle Studien im Zusammenhang mit Helium-Nanotröpfchen präsentiert. Im einzelnen sind dies: Untersuchungen zur Bildungsdynamik der Exziplexe RbHe und KHe auf Nanotröpfchen aus Helium-4 bzw. Helium-3 sowie zu den dabei auftretenden Quanteninterferenzen; Untersuchungen zur Oberflächendynamik der Nanotröpfchen anhand der Pump-Probe-Ionisation von Cäsiumatomen; Untersuchungen zur Stabilität gemischter Hochspin-Alkalicluster; Untersuchung...

  13. Ionisation and discharge in cloud-forming atmospheres of brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets

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    Helling, Ch; Rimmer, P. B.; Rodriguez-Barrera, I. M.; Wood, Kenneth; Robertson, G. B.; Stark, C. R.

    2016-07-01

    Brown dwarfs and giant gas extrasolar planets have cold atmospheres with rich chemical compositions from which mineral cloud particles form. Their properties, like particle sizes and material composition, vary with height, and the mineral cloud particles are charged due to triboelectric processes in such dynamic atmospheres. The dynamics of the atmospheric gas is driven by the irradiating host star and/or by the rotation of the objects that changes during its lifetime. Thermal gas ionisation in these ultra-cool but dense atmospheres allows electrostatic interactions and magnetic coupling of a substantial atmosphere volume. Combined with a strong magnetic field \\gg {{B}\\text{Earth}} , a chromosphere and aurorae might form as suggested by radio and x-ray observations of brown dwarfs. Non-equilibrium processes like cosmic ray ionisation and discharge processes in clouds will increase the local pool of free electrons in the gas. Cosmic rays and lighting discharges also alter the composition of the local atmospheric gas such that tracer molecules might be identified. Cosmic rays affect the atmosphere through air showers in a certain volume which was modelled with a 3D Monte Carlo radiative transfer code to be able to visualise their spacial extent. Given a certain degree of thermal ionisation of the atmospheric gas, we suggest that electron attachment to charge mineral cloud particles is too inefficient to cause an electrostatic disruption of the cloud particles. Cloud particles will therefore not be destroyed by Coulomb explosion for the local temperature in the collisional dominated brown dwarf and giant gas planet atmospheres. However, the cloud particles are destroyed electrostatically in regions with strong gas ionisation. The potential size of such cloud holes would, however, be too small and might occur too far inside the cloud to mimic the effect of, e.g. magnetic field induced star spots.

  14. The effect of the 1985 Ionising Radiations Regulations on a service inspection company

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    The paper concerns the significant changes and requirements resulting from the 1985 Ionising Radiations Regulations, and examines their effect on the administration and operations of a service inspection company engaging in Industrial Radiography. The major innovations introduced by the 1985 Regulations are discussed under three topic headings: 1) local rules and radiation protection personnel, 2) controlled and supervised areas, and 3) hazard assessments and contingency plans. (U.K.)

  15. The double ionisation of hydrogen by 5-30 keV protons

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    The energy and angular distribution of pairs of fragment protons produced in H+-H2 collisions has been investigated in the energy range 5-30 keV. It is shown that the energy distribution is a simple transformation of the ground-state wavefunction of H2 and an experimental determination of the ground-state probability density distribution is presented. Total and differential double ionisation cross sections are found to be in accord with earlier measurements. (author)

  16. An isotope view on ionising radiation as a source of sulphuric acid

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    Enghoff, Martin Andreas Bødker; Bork, Nicolai Christian; Hattori, S.;

    2012-01-01

    Sulphuric acid is an important factor in aerosol nucleation and growth. It has been shown that ions enhance the formation of sulphuric acid aerosols, but the exact mechanism has remained undetermined. Furthermore some studies have found a deficiency in the sulphuric acid budget, suggesting a miss...... yields of the experiments, suggests a mechanism in which ionising radiation may lead to hydrated ion clusters that serve as nanoreactors for S(IV) to S(VI) conversion....

  17. An isotopic analysis of ionising radiation as a source of sulphuric acid

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    Enghoff, Martin Andreas Bødker; Bork, Nicolai Christian; Hattori, S.;

    2012-01-01

    Sulphuric acid is an important factor in aerosol nucleation and growth. It has been shown that ions enhance the formation of sulphuric acid aerosols, but the exact mechanism has remained undetermined. Furthermore some studies have found a deficiency in the sulphuric acid budget, suggesting a miss...... of the experiments, suggests a mechanism in which ionising radiation may lead to hydrated ion clusters that serve as nanoreactors for S(IV) to S(VI) conversion....

  18. Introduction aux études sur le genre. - 2e éd. revue et augm.

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    L. Bereni; S. Chauvin; A. Jaunait; A. Revillard

    2012-01-01

    Pourquoi offre-t-on des poupées aux filles et des voitures aux garçons ? Pourquoi les femmes gagnent-elles moins que les hommes ? Comment expliquer qu’elles effectuent les deux tiers du travail domestique ? Pourquoi est-ce si mal vu pour un homme d’être efféminé ? Le pouvoir est-il intrinsèquement m

  19. Health protection of persons occupationally exposed to ionising radiation in Croatia

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    The aim of this study was to investigate the health condition of workers occupationally exposed to ionising radiation. The results for 1406 workers exposed to ionising radiations, who were regularly examined in 2004, were analysed using Statistica 5.0. The analysis included workers' case histories, frequency of illnesses and causes of temporary or permanent work disability. Of 1406 workers, 16 (1.13%) were found permanently disabled; in 11 the cause of disability was lens opacity, in 2 persistent trombocitophenia, and in 2 malignant tumour. Twenty-four workers were temporarily disabled, of whom 5 due to pregnancy. Thrombocytopenia was found in 12 men and only one woman. Anaemia was found in 4 women; dicentric chromosomes were the cause of temporary disability in one person, and tuberculosis in one person. Medical examinations of Croatian workers confirm low occupational exposure to ionising radiation. With this type of radiation, the established lens impairments could not be characterised as occupational. The two malignant tumours however were recognised as occupational diseases.(author)

  20. A detailed study of the pulse height deficit effect in gas ionisation detectors

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    Full text: Gas ionisation detectors were originally developed for nuclear physics applications but have more recently also found use in nuclear techniques of analysis such as accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) and ion beam analysis (IBA). They are ideal for heavy ion detection primarily because they do not suffer from radiation damage. It is well known that the pulse height versus energy relation for gas ionization detectors is non-linear. Previous studies have established that this is due to a pulse height deficit effect, which increases with both the atomic number and energy of the detected ion, and is of the order of 5 - 8MeV for typical fission fragment energies and masses. Published data does not, however, provide accurate estimates of the size of this effect for the wide range of ion species and energies applicable to materials analysis applications such as heavy ion elastic recoil detection (HIERDA), nor does it provide complete understanding of the factors which contribute to the effect. This presentation reports on a detailed study of the pulse height deficit effect, undertaken at the ANU 14UD pelletron accelerator facility using a propane-filled gas ionisation detector. Results will be presented quantifying the size of the pulse height deficit for a variety of ion species and energies. Furthermore, it will be demonstrated that a significant residual pulse height deficit remains after accounting for energy loss in the detector window, and non-ionising energy loss processes in the detector gas

  1. The First Billion Years Project: The escape fraction of ionising photons in the epoch of reionisation

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    Paardekooper, Jan-Pieter; Vecchia, Claudio Dalla

    2015-01-01

    Proto-galaxies forming in low-mass dark matter haloes are thought to provide the majority of ionising photons needed to reionise the Universe, due to their high escape fractions of ionising photons. We study how the escape fraction in high-redshift galaxies relates to the physical properties of the halo in which the galaxies form by computing escape fractions for 75801 haloes between redshifts 27 and 6 that were extracted from the FiBY project, high-resolution cosmological hydrodynamics simulations of galaxy formation. We find that the main constraint on the escape fraction is the presence of dense gas within 10 pc of the young sources that emit the majority of the ionising photons produced over the lifetime of the stellar population. This results in a strong mass dependence of the escape fraction. The lower potential well in haloes with virial mass below 10^8 solar mass results in lower column densities close to the sources that can be penetrated by the radiation from young, massive stars. In general only a ...

  2. The ionisation dependence of the registration temperature effect in solid state nuclear track detectors

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    The Registration Temperature Effect in solid state nuclear track detectors has been investigated over a wide range of ionisation, using two types of polycarbonate detector and three types of doped allyl diglycol carbonate (CR-39) detector exposed to beams of 960 MeV/N uranium ions and 300 MeV/N iron ions at different temperatures. The fractional change in signal strength per unit temperature change is found to be a strong, increasing function of ionisation for a given solid state nuclear track detector polymer at a given registration temperature. This fractional change in signal strength also appears to be an increasing function of charge for a given value of ionisation. In the case of both uranium ions and iron ions in polycarbonate track detectors, the mean fractional change in etch rate per degree centigrade is determined. These results constitute a major hardware 'design driver' for future heavy nucleus experiments involving extended duration exposures of solid state nuclear track detectors on spacecraft. (author)

  3. Time-dependent hydrogen ionisation in the solar chromosphere. I: Methods and first results

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    Wedemeyer-Boehm, J L S

    2006-01-01

    An approximate method for solving the rate equations for the hydrogen populations was extended and implemented in the three-dimensional radiation (magneto-)hydrodynamics code CO5BOLD. The method is based on a model atom with six energy levels and fixed radiative rates. It has been tested extensively in one-dimensional simulations. The extended method has been used to create a three-dimensional model that extends from the upper convection zone to the chromosphere. The ionisation degree of hydrogen in our time-dependent simulation is comparable to the corresponding equilibrium value up to 500 km above optical depth unity. Above this height, the non-equilibrium ionisation degree is fairly constant over time and space, and tends to be at a value set by hot propagating shock waves. The hydrogen level populations and electron density are much more constant than the corresponding values for statistical equilibrium, too. In contrast, the equilibrium ionisation degree varies by more than 20 orders of magnitude between...

  4. Evaluation of cytogenetic damage in nuclear medicine personnel occupationally exposed to low-level ionising radiation

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    Despite intensive research over the last few decades, there still remains considerable uncertainty as to the genetic impact of ionising radiation on human populations, particularly at low levels. The aim of this study was to provide data on genetic hazards associated with occupational exposure to low doses of ionising radiation in nuclear medicine departments. The assessment of DNA damage in peripheral blood lymphocytes of medical staff was performed using the chromosome aberration (CA) test. Exposed subjects showed significantly higher frequencies of CA than controls. There were significant inter-individual differences in DNA damage within the exposed population, indicating differences in genome sensitivity. Age and gender were not confounding factors, while smoking enhanced the levels of DNA damage only in control subjects. The present study suggests that chronic exposure to low doses of ionising radiation in nuclear medicine departments causes genotoxic damage. Therefore, to avoid potential genotoxic effects, the exposed medical personnel should minimise radiation exposure wherever possible. Our results also point to the significance of biological indicators providing information about the actual risk to the radiation exposed individuals.(author)

  5. New low-frequency electromagnetic modes associated with neutral dynamics in partially ionised plasma

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    A. A. Shaikh

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated the low frequency electromagnetic (EM modes in inhomogeneous, magnetised partially ionised plasma by incorporating neutral dynamics. We have derived a general EM dispersion relation by using a two-fluids magnetohydrodynamics (MHD model. Our analysis shows that the neutral dynamics is playing an extremely important role in the physics of magnetised partially ionised plasma by giving rise to new kind of EM modes. We found (1 the new instability is linked with compressibility of neutral particles, the collision between neutral and charged species and the relative streaming in hot/cold, inhomogeneous, magnetised partially ionised plasma, (2 and that neutral dynamics is responsible for the modified (complex inertial effect on magnetic field lines. Its consequences on the propagation characteristics of Alfvén wave and cyclotron frequency are discussed. Furthermore, a new mode similar to the Langmuir mode is reported. Finally, we discuss our results, for limiting cases, that may be appropriate for applications to space plasma environments including probable mechanism of escaping H+ and O− from the Martian atmosphere.

  6. Nuclear recoil scintillation and ionisation yields in liquid xenon from ZEPLIN-III data

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    Horn, M; Akimov, D Yu; Araújo, H M; Barnes, E J; Burenkov, A A; Chepel, V; Currie, A; Edwards, B; Ghag, C; Hollingsworth, A; Kalmus, G E; Kobyakin, A S; Kovalenko, A G; Lebedenko, V N; Lindote, A; Lopes, M I; Lüscher, R; Majewski, P; Murphy, A StJ; Neves, F; Paling, S M; da Cunha, J Pinto; Preece, R; Quenby, J J; Reichhart, L; Scovell, P R; Silva, C; Solovov, V N; Smith, N J T; Smith, P F; Stekhanov, V N; Sumner, T J; Thorne, C; de Viveiros, L; Walker, R J

    2011-01-01

    Scintillation and ionisation yields for nuclear recoils in liquid xenon above 10 keVnr (nuclear recoil energy) are deduced from data acquired using broadband Am-Be neutron sources. The nuclear recoil data from several exposures to two sources were compared to detailed simulations. Energy-dependent scintillation and ionisation yields giving acceptable fits to the data were derived. Efficiency and resolution effects are treated using a light collection Monte Carlo, measured photomultiplier response profiles and hardware trigger studies. A gradual fall in scintillation yield below ~40 keVnr is found, together with a rising ionisation yield; both are in good agreement with the latest independent measurements. The analysis method is applied to both the most recent ZEPLIN-III data, acquired with a significantly upgraded detector and a precision-calibrated Am-Be source, as well as to the earlier data from the first run in 2008. A new method for deriving the recoil scintillation yield, which includes sub-threshold S1...

  7. Aux limites de la physique les paradoxes quantiques

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    Rothen, François

    2012-01-01

    Dans l’esprit des pères fondateurs de la science moderne, les phénomènes matériels se déroulent selon un schéma unique. La cause précède nécessairement l’effet, et la connaissance de l’effet permet de remonter à la cause. Sur la scène de la nature, le hasard n’occupe qu’une place congrue. On ne fait appel à lui que pour pallier notre ignorance. Dans les années 1920, la révolution quantique bouleverse ce cadre rigide. Elle accorde une place de choix au hasard, si malmené jusqu’alors, puis elle met en scène une constellation de phénomènes inexplicables aux yeux de la science dite classique. Après une courte introduction historique, l’auteur met ses lecteurs au contact de certains de ces phénomènes si contraires à l’intuition. Refusant l’aide du langage mathématique, il les convie à pénétrer dans un monde quantique qui déconcerte le novice avant de l’éblouir par sa nouveauté et sa cohérence. Un accent particulier est mis sur une application nouvelle de la physiqu...

  8. Structural basis for the auxin-induced transcriptional regulation by Aux/IAA17.

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    Han, Mookyoung; Park, Yangshin; Kim, Iktae; Kim, Eun-Hee; Yu, Tae-Kyung; Rhee, Sangkee; Suh, Jeong-Yong

    2014-12-30

    Auxin is the central hormone that regulates plant growth and organ development. Transcriptional regulation by auxin is mediated by the auxin response factor (ARF) and the repressor, AUX/IAA. Aux/IAA associates with ARF via domain III-IV for transcriptional repression that is reversed by auxin-induced Aux/IAA degradation. It has been known that Aux/IAA and ARF form homo- and hetero-oligomers for the transcriptional regulation, but what determines their association states is poorly understood. Here we report, to our knowledge, the first solution structure of domain III-IV of Aux/IAA17 (IAA17), and characterize molecular interactions underlying the homotypic and heterotypic oligomerization. The structure exhibits a compact β-grasp fold with a highly dynamic insert helix that is unique in Aux/IAA family proteins. IAA17 associates to form a heterogeneous ensemble of front-to-back oligomers in a concentration-dependent manner. IAA17 and ARF5 associate to form homo- or hetero-oligomers using a common scaffold and binding interfaces, but their affinities vary significantly. The equilibrium dissociation constants (KD) for homo-oligomerization are 6.6 μM and 0.87 μM for IAA17 and ARF5, respectively, whereas hetero-oligomerization reveals a ∼ 10- to ∼ 100-fold greater affinity (KD = 73 nM). Thus, individual homo-oligomers of IAA17 and ARF5 spontaneously exchange their subunits to form alternating hetero-oligomers for transcriptional repression. Oligomerization is mainly driven by electrostatic interactions, so that charge complementarity at the interface determines the binding affinity. Variable binding affinity by surface charge modulation may effectively regulate the complex interaction network between Aux/IAA and ARF family proteins required for the transcriptional control of auxin-response genes. PMID:25512488

  9. A micro-gap, air-filled ionisation chamber as a detector for criticality accident dosimetry

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    A micro-gap air-filled ionisation chamber was designed for criticality dosimetry. The special feature of the chamber is its very small gap between electrodes of only 0.3 mm. This prevents ion recombination at high dose rates and minimises the influence of gas on secondary particles spectrum. The electrodes are made of polypropylene because of higher content of hydrogen in this material, when compared with soft tissue. The difference between neutron and gamma sensitivity in such chamber becomes practically negligible. The chamber's envelope contains two specially connected capacitors, one for polarising the electrodes and the other for collecting the ionisation charge. Air-filled ionisation chamber with very small gap is a simple dosemeter, which fulfills the most desired properties of criticality accident dosemeters. Short ion collection time is achieved by combination of small gap and relatively high polarising voltage. For the same reason, parasitic recombination of ions in the chamber is negligibly small even at high dose rates. The difference between neutron and gamma sensitivity is small for tissue-equivalent chamber and is expected to become practically negligible when the chamber electrodes are made of polypropylene. Additional capacitor provides a broad measuring range from ∼0.1 Gy up to ∼25 Gy; however, leakage of electrical charge from polarising capacitor has to be observed and taken into account. Periodical re-charging of the device is necessary. Obviously, final test of the device in conditions simulating criticality accident is needed and will be performed as soon as available. (authors)

  10. Folic acid deficiency increases sensitivity to genome damage by ionising radiation

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    Folic acid deficiency can lead to uracil misincorporation and disable DNA repair, by decreasing thymidine concentration. It is hypothesized that folic acid is an important micronutrient in the prevention of chromosome damage induced by gamma-irradiation. In this study the impact of folic acid deficiency on the chromosome damage and chromosome 21 aneuploidy by gamma-radiation was determined using the cytokinesis-block micronucleus assay in long term WIL2-NS cultures in cell culture medium with 4 different folic acid concentrations (0.2 nM, 2 nM, 20 nM and 200 nM). The study showed a significant increase of 55.5% in micronucleus frequency with decreasing folic acid concentration (P < 0.0001). Additionally, there was a significant difference of 46.5% and 50.1% in micronucleus frequency and of nucleoplasmic bridge frequency, respectively, between the control and irradiated (1.5 Gy) group (P < 0.05). Folic acid deficiency caused an increase of 51.7% in micronucleus frequency (P < 0.0001) and of 7.1% nucleoplasmic bridge frequency (P = 0.0280) in irradiated cultures when compared to irradiated folic acid replete cultures. Folic acid deficiency and gamma-radiation were shown to have a significant interactive effect on micronucleus frequency (Two-way ANOVA, P < 0.0001). Apoptosis and necrosis were increased by folic acid deficiency but they were not significantly altered by ionising radiation exposure. Chromosome 21 aneuploidy was significantly increased (P <0.05) by folic acid deficiency but not by ionising radiation and there was no significant interaction between these two factors. The results show that folic acid deficiency induces chromosome 21 aneuploidy by non-disjunction as well as inducing chromosome breaks and chromosome rearrangements. In conclusion, folic acid deficiency interacts significantly with ionising radiation in inducing chromosome damage that leads to the formation of micronuclei (e.g. chromosome breaks and chromosome loss)

  11. Synthetic diamond devices for radiotherapy applications: Thermoluminescent dosimeter and ionisation chamber

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    In radiotherapy field, the major usage of dosimeters is in the measurement of the dose received by the patient during radiotherapy (in-vivo measurements) and in beam calibration and uniformity checks. Diamond exhibits several interesting characteristics that make it a good candidate for radiation detection. It is indeed soft-tissue equivalent (Z=6 compared to Z=7.42 for human tissue), mechanically robust and relatively insensitive to radiation damage, chemically stable and non toxic. Moreover, the recent availability of synthetic samples, grown under controlled conditions using the chemical vapour deposition (C.V.D.) technique, allowed decreasing the high cost and the long delivery time of diamond devices. Diamond can be use for off-line dosimetry as thermoluminescent dosimeters or for on-line dosimetry as ionisation chamber [2,3]. These both applications are reported here. For this study, samples were grown in the laboratory and devices were then tested under X-ray irradiations and in clinical environment under medical cobalt source. The work described in this paper was performed in the framework of the European Integrated Project M.A.E.S.T.R.O., Methods and Advanced Equipment for Simulation and Treatment in Radio-Oncology, (6. FP) which is granted by the European Commission.The first results of this study clearly show that C.V.D. diamond detectors are suitable for dosimetry in radiotherapy applications. Moreover, for both T.L. dosimeters and ionisation chambers applications, and even though the sensitivity is subsequently reduced, nitrogen incorporation in films seems to significantly improve the dosimetric characteristics of the devices. Therefore, the optimisation of the material quality appears as a very important issue in order to increase the dosimetric characteristics of devices and more particularly, for use as thermoluminescent dosimeters, other impurities (Nickel, Phosphorus) will be tested. For ionisation chamber applications, experiments with

  12. Non-targeted effects of ionising radiation. Proceedings of the RISC-RAD specialised training course

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    The training course 'Non-targeted effects of ionising radiation' took place at the STUK, Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Helsinki, Finland 14-16 February 2005. Proceeding of this course is collected in this volume. The idea of the course was to convene a number of scientists leading in the area of non-targeted effects of ionising radiation with the aim to outline their visions for the role of these effects and outline the future directions of radiation research on the basis of their expertise. The course was supported by the RISC-RAD IP FI6R-CT-2003-508842, Euratom specific programme for research and training on nuclear energy, 6th FP of the EC. The main objectives of the training course were: (1) to clarify the mechanisms of non-targeted effects, in particular, bystander effects, genomic instability and adaptive response; (2) to look if and how non-targeted effects modulate the cancer risk in the low dose region, and whether they relate to protective or harmful functions; (3) to clarify if ionising radiation can cause non-cancer diseases or beneficial effects at low and intermediate doses; (4) address the issue of individual susceptibility and other factors modifying non-targeted responses; (5) attempt to assess the relevance of non-targeted effects for radiation protection and to set the scientific basis for a modern, more realistic, radiation safety system; (6) and finally to contribute to the conceptualisation of a new paradigm in radiation biology that would cover both the classical direct (DNA-targeted) and non-targeted (indirect) effects

  13. Diagnostic medical exposures. Advice on exposure to ionising radiation during pregnancy

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    The main objective of NRPB advice concerning in utero exposures to ionising radiations is 'to prevent unnecessary exposure of the fetus when medical diagnostic procedures involving ionising radiations are indicated during pregnancy'. In addition, advice is meant to help to avoid unnecessary concern or action if an exposure does occur. NRPB issued ASP8 (Exposure to ionising radiation of pregnant women: advice on the diagnostic exposure of women who are, or who may be, pregnant) in 1985. This advice suggested that there would be no risks to the concepts following irradiation during the first 10 days of the menstrual cycle and that subsequent risks in the remainder of the first 4 week period would be likely to be so small that no special limitation on exposure was required - sometimes known as 'the 28-day rule'. In 1993, NRPB published further advice to replace ASP8 in the Documents of the NRPB series, in Volume 4, No 4 - henceforth referred to as Doc NRPB 4(4)2 - which drew upon data published since 1985. The more recent data suggest that risks in the interval between 10 days and the date at which the next menstrual period is due, although still small for most diagnostic procedures, may be significant for higher dose procedures. Consequently, it is considered there is a need to operate a modified policy for such higher dose procedures. This pocket publication has been produced to present in a concise and user-friendly format the basis of the most recent NRPB advice and to provide a guide for the implementation of that advice in the everyday practice of diagnostic radiology. The opportunity has also been taken to provide the most up to date data on doses in the UK. This publication is split into three parts: an introduction to the terms used in the document, a practical guide to implementation of the advice, and the scientific background to the advice

  14. Connecting the dots: a correlation between ionising radiation and cloud mass-loss rate traced by optical integral field spectroscopy

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    McLeod, A F; Dale, J E; Ginsburg, A; Klaassen, P D; Mottram, J C; Preibisch, T; Ramsay, S; Reiter, M; Testi, L

    2016-01-01

    We present an analysis of the effect of feedback from O- and B-type stars with data from the integral field spectrograph MUSE mounted on the Very Large Telescope of pillar-like structures in the Carina Nebular Complex, one of the most massive star-forming regions in the Galaxy. For the observed pillars, we compute gas electron densities and temperatures maps, produce integrated line and velocity maps of the ionised gas, study the ionisation fronts at the pillar tips, analyse the properties of the single regions, and detect two ionised jets originating from two distinct pillar tips. For each pillar tip we determine the incident ionising photon flux $Q_\\mathrm{0,pil}$ originating from the nearby massive O- and B-type stars and compute the mass-loss rate $\\dot{M}$ of the pillar tips due to photo-evaporation caused by the incident ionising radiation. We combine the results of the Carina data set with archival MUSE data of a pillar in NGC 3603 and with previously published MUSE data of the Pillars of Creation in M...

  15. Characterisation of the muon beams for the Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment

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    Adams, D.; Barclay, P.; Bayliss, V.; Bradshaw, T.W.; Courthold, M.; Francis, V.; Fry, L.; Hayler, T.; Hills, M.; Lintern, A.; Macwaters, C.; Nichols, A.; Preece, R.; Ricciardi, S.; Rogers, C.; Stanley, T.; Tarrant, J.; Watson, S.; Wilson, A. [Harwell Oxford, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot (United Kingdom); Adey, D.; Back, J.; Boyd, S.; Harrison, P.; Pidcott, C.; Taylor, I. [University of Warwick, Department of Physics, Coventry (United Kingdom); Alekou, A.; Apollonio, M.; Barber, G.; Colling, D.; Dobbs, A.; Dornan, P.; Fayer, S.; Fish, A.; Hunt, C.; Leaver, J.; Long, K.; Martyniak, J.; Middleton, S.; Pasternak, J.; Richards, A.; Santos, E.; Savidge, T.; Takahashi, M. [Imperial College London, Department of Physics, Blackett Laboratory, London (United Kingdom); Asfandiyarov, R.; Blondel, A.; Graulich, J.S.; Karadzhov, Y.; Verguilov, V.; Wisting, H. [Universite de Geneve, DPNC, Section de Physique, Geneva (Switzerland); De Bari, A.; Cecchet, G. [Sezione INFN Pavia (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica Nucleare e Teorica, Pavia (Italy); Bayes, R.; Forrest, D.; Nugent, J.C.; Soler, F.J.P.; Walaron, K. [The University of Glasgow, School of Physics and Astronomy, Glasgow (United Kingdom); Bertoni, R.; Bonesini, M.; Lucchini, G. [Sezione INFN Milano Bicocca (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica G. Occhialini, Milano (Italy); Blackmore, V.J.; Carlisle, T.; Cobb, J.H.; Lau, W.; Rayner, M.A.; Tunnell, C.D. [University of Oxford, Department of Physics, Oxford (United Kingdom); Blot, S.; Kim, Y.K. [University of Chicago, Enrico Fermi Institute, Chicago, IL (United States); Bogomilov, M.; Kolev, D.; Rusinov, I.; Tsenov, R.; Vankova, G. [St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Department of Atomic Physics, Sofia (Bulgaria); Booth, C.N.; Hodgson, P.; Nicholson, R.; Overton, E.; Robinson, M.; Smith, P.J. [University of Sheffield, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Bowring, D.; DeMello, A.; Gourlay, S.; Li, D.; Prestemon, S.; Virostek, S.P.; Zisman, M.S. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (United States); Bravar, U. [University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (United States); Bross, A.D.; Fitzpatrick, T.; Leonova, M.; Moretti, A.; Neuffer, D.; Popovic, M.; Rubinov, P.; Rucinski, R. [Fermilab, Batavia, IL (United States); Capponi, M.; Iaciofano, A.; Orestano, D.; Pastore, F.; Tortora, L. [Sezione INFN Roma Tre e Dipartimento di Fisica, Roma (Italy); Charnley, G.; Collomb, N.; Gallagher, A.; Grant, A.; Griffiths, S.; Hartnett, T.; Martlew, B.; Moss, A.; Muir, A.; Mullacrane, I.; Owens, P.; White, C. [STFC Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire (United Kingdom); Coney, L.; Fletcher, R.; Hanson, G.G.; Heidt, C. [University of California, Riverside, CA (United States); Cooke, P.; Gamet, R. [University of Liverpool, Department of Physics, Liverpool (United Kingdom); Cremaldi, L.M.; Hart, T.L.; Luo, T.; Sanders, D.A.; Summers, D.J. [University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS (United States); Dick, A.J.; Ronald, K.; Whyte, C.G. [University of Strathclyde, Department of Physics, Glasgow (United Kingdom); Filthaut, F. [NIKHEF, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Freemire, B.; Hanlet, P.; Kafka, G.; Kaplan, D.M.; Rajaram, D.; Snopok, P.; Torun, Y. [Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL (United States); Hansen, O.M.; Ramberger, S.; Vretenar, M. [CERN, Geneva (Switzerland); Ishimoto, S. [Institute of Particle and Nuclear Studies, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan); Kuno, Y.; Sakamoto, H. [Osaka University, Graduate School of Science, Department of Physics, Toyonaka, Osaka (Japan); Kyberd, P.; Littlefield, M.; Nebrensky, J.J. [Brunel University, Uxbridge (United Kingdom); Onel, Y. [University of Iowa, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa City, IA (United States); Palladino, V. [Universita Federico II, Sezione INFN Napoli (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Napoli (Italy); Palmer, R.B. [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY (US); Roberts, T.J. [Muons, Inc., Batavia, IL (US); Collaboration: The MICE Collaboration

    2013-10-15

    A novel single-particle technique to measure emittance has been developed and used to characterise seventeen different muon beams for the Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment (MICE). The muon beams, whose mean momenta vary from 171 to 281 MeV/c, have emittances of approximately 1.2-2.3 {pi} mm-rad horizontally and 0.6-1.0 {pi} mm-rad vertically, a horizontal dispersion of 90-190 mm and momentum spreads of about 25 MeV/c. There is reasonable agreement between the measured parameters of the beams and the results of simulations. The beams are found to meet the requirements of MICE. (orig.)

  16. Characterisation of the muon beams for the Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment

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    The MICE Collaboration; Adams, D.; Adey, D.; Alekou, A.; Apollonio, M; Asfandiyarov, R.; Back, J.; Barber, G.; Barclay, P.; de Bari, A.; Bayes, R.; Bayliss, V.; Bertoni, R.; Blackmore, V. J.; Blondel, A.

    2013-01-01

    A novel single-particle technique to measure emittance has been developed and used to characterise seventeen different muon beams for the Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment (MICE). The muon beams, whose mean momenta vary from 171 to 281 MeV/c, have emittances of approximately 1.5--2.3 \\pi mm-rad horizontally and 0.6--1.0 \\pi mm-rad vertically, a horizontal dispersion of 90--190 mm and momentum spreads of about 25 MeV/c. There is reasonable agreement between the measured para...

  17. The ionised, radical and molecular Milky Way: spectroscopic surveys with the SKA

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    Thompson, Mark; Dickinson, Clive; Mottram, Joseph C; Klaassen, Pamela; Ginsburg, Adam; Longmore, Steve; Remijan, Anthony; Menten, Karl

    2014-01-01

    The bandwith, sensitivity and sheer survey speed of the SKA offers unique potential for deep spectroscopic surveys of the Milky Way. Within the frequency bands available to the SKA lie many transitions that trace the ionised, radical and molecular components of the interstellar medium and which will revolutionise our understanding of many physical processes. In this chapter we describe the impact on our understanding of the Milky Way that can be achieved by spectroscopic SKA surveys, including "out of the box" early science with radio recombination lines, Phase 1 surveys of the molecular ISM using anomalous formaldehyde absorption, and full SKA surveys of ammonia inversion lines.

  18. The low dose gamma ionising radiation impact upon cooperativity of androgen-specific proteins

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    The paper deals with effects of the ionising radiation (γ-IR, 0.5 Gy) upon serum testosterone (T), characteristics of testosterone-binding globulin (TeBG) and androgen receptor (AR) in parallel with observation of androgen (A) responsive enzyme activity – hexokinase (HK). The interdependence or relationships of T-levels with parameters of the proteins that provide androgenic regulation are consequently analyzed in post-IR dynamics. The IR-stress adjustment data reveal expediency of TeBG- and AR-cooperativity measurements for more precise assessments of endocrine A-control at appropriate emergencies

  19. The potential use of diamond coated tungsten tips as a field ionisation source

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    Brown, A.; Prawer, S.; Legge, G.J.F.; Kostidis, L.I. [Melbourne Univ., Parkville, VIC (Australia). School of Physics

    1996-12-31

    Tungsten tips are convenient for use in a high brightness gaseous phase field ionisation source. However, the lifetime of these tips is not adequate for practical use. The authors are investigating whether coating tungsten tips with diamond using Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) will improve the practicality of using these tips by an improvement in longevity of the source and/or an improvement in brightness due to the effects of the property of negative electron affinity which has been observed on CVD diamond. 1 ref.

  20. Extrapolation ionisation chamber measurements on beta-emitting sources produced for the CEGB collaborative radiobiology programme

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    This report describes the structure and application of an extrapolation ionisation chamber used for measuring dose-rates from plane and point beta-emitting sources. These measurements form the basis of the dosimetry for a collaborative radiobiological study of skin to study both stochastic and non-stochastic effects. A small sample from the wide range of measurements undertaken in the programme has been selected to illustrate the procedures involved. The extrapolation chamber is currently being automated and it is intended that this report should provide a source reference to the basis of the measurements made between 1977-86. (author)

  1. Calculation of the electric field inside electret ionisation chambers - Influence on the response function

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    The use of electret ion chambers for gamma dose and radon exposure measurement was increasing rapidly in the last years. In contrast to conventional ion chambers, the electric field in these detectors is not constant during the exposure time. Both field-strength and direction are changing due to inhomogeneous decrease of the electret surface charges. Data of numerical field calculations inside cylindrical electret Ionisation chambers are given. The change of the field-strength distribution with respect to electret discharge is described. The influence on the response function is discussed and experimentally verified. (author)

  2. Effect of ionising radiation exposure on structure and permeability of epithelial junctions in rat ileum

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    Exposure of the digestive tract to ionising radiation results in both morphological and functional alterations of the small intestine. However little is known about the effect of irradiation on the junctions playing a major role in the maintenance of epithelial barrier integrity. Thus the aim of this study was to investigate, in rat ileum, the effect of radiation exposure on the permeability of the epithelial barrier in parallel with the localization of certain inter- and intra-cellular proteins of tight and adherent junctions

  3. First on-line results from the CRIS (Collinear Resonant Ionisation Spectroscopy) beam line at ISOLDE

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    The CRIS (Collinear Resonant Ionisation Spectroscopy) experiment at the on-line isotope separator facility, ISOLDE, CERN, has been constructed for high-sensitivity laser spectroscopy measurements on radioactive isotopes. The technique determines the magnetic dipole and electric quadrupole moments, nuclear spin and changes in mean-square charge radii of exotic nuclei via measurement of their hyperfine structures and isotope shifts. In November 2011 the first on-line run was performed using the CRIS beam line, when the hyperfine structure of 207Fr was successfully measured. This paper will describe the technique and experimental setup of CRIS and present the results from the first on-line experiment.

  4. Relations between age at occupational exposure to ionising radiation and cancer risk.

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    Stewart, A. M.; Kneale, G. W.

    1996-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To discover how the age when a given dose of ionising radiation is received (exposure age) affects the subsequent cancer risk, and whether the types of cancer caused by repeated exposure to small doses during adult life differ from naturally occurring cancers at that age. METHOD: A nested case-control design with all possible controls in a cohort of nuclear workers, and a Mantel-Haenszel test (requiring only one degree of freedom) to discover whether there was any level of exposur...

  5. Search for massive long-lived highly ionising particles with the ATLAS detector at the LHC

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    A search is made for massive highly ionising particles with lifetimes in excess of 100 ns, with the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, using 3.1 pb-1 of pp collision data taken at √(s)=7 TeV. The signature of energy loss in the ATLAS inner detector and electromagnetic calorimeter is used. No such particles are found and limits on the production cross section for electric charges 6e≤|q|≤17e and masses 200 GeV≤m≤1000 GeV are set in the range 1-12 pb for different hypotheses on the production mechanism.

  6. Characterisation of the Muon Beams for the Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment

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    Adams, D; Alekou, A; Apollonio, M; Asfandiyarov, R; Back, J; Barber, G; Barclay, P; de Bari, A; Bayes, R; Baynham, D E; Bertoni, R; Blackmore, V J; Blondel, A; Blot, S; Bogomilov, M; Bonesini, M; Booth, C N; Bowring, D; Boyd, S; Bradshaw, T W; Bravar, U; Bross, A D; Capponi, M; Carlisle, T; Cecchet, G; Charnley, G; Cobb, J H; Colling, D; Collomb, N; Coney, L; Cooke, P; Courthold, M; Cremaldi, L M; DeMello, A; Dick, A; Dobbs, A; Dornan, P; Fayer, S; Filthaut, F; Fish, A; Fitzpatrick, T; Fletcher, R; Forrest, D; Francis, V; Freemire, B; Fry, L; Gallagher, A; Gamet, R; Gourlay, S; Grant, A; Graulich, J S; Griffiths, S; Hanlet, P; Hansen, O M; Hanson, G G; Harrison, P; Hart, T L; Hartnett, T; Hayler, T; Heidt, C; Hills, M; Hodgson, P; Hunt, C; Iaciofano, A; Ishimoto, S; Kafka, G; Kaplan, D M; Karadzhov, Y; Kim, Y K; Kolev, D; Kuno, Y; Kyberd, P; Lau, W; Leaver, J; Leonova, M; Li, D; Lintern, A; Littlefield, M; Long, K; Lucchini, G; Luo, T; Macwaters, C; Martlew, B; Martyniak, J; Middleton, S; Moretti, A; Moss, A; Muir, A; Mullacrane, I; Nebrensky, J J; Neuffer, D; Nichols, A; Nicholson, R; Nugent, J C; Onel, Y; Orestano, D; Overton, E; Owens, P; Palladino, V; Palmer, R B; Pasternak, J; Pastore, F; Pidcott, C; Popovic, M; Preece, R; Prestemon, S; Rajaram, D; Ramberger, S; Rayner, M A; Ricciardi, S; Richards, A; Roberts, T J; Robinson, M; Rogers, C; Ronald, K; Rubinov, P; Rucinski, R; Rusinov, I; Sakamoto, H; Sanders, D A; Santos, E; Savidge, T; Smith, P J; Snopok, P; Soler, F J P; Summers, D J; Takahashi, M; Tarrant, J; Taylor, I; Tortora, L; Torun, Y; Tsenov, R; Tunnell, C D; Vankova, G; Verguilov, V; Virostek, S; Vretenar, M; Walaron, K; Watson, S; White, C; Whyte, C G; Wilson, A; Wisting, H; Zisman, M

    2013-01-01

    A novel single-particle technique to measure emittance has been developed and used to characterise seventeen different muon beams for the Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment (MICE). The muon beams, whose mean momenta vary from 171 to 281 MeV/c, have emittances of approximately 1.5--2.3 \\pi mm-rad horizontally and 0.6--1.0 \\pi mm-rad vertically, a horizontal dispersion of 90--190 mm and momentum spreads of about 25 MeV/c. There is reasonable agreement between the measured parameters of the beams and the results of simulations. The beams are found to meet the requirements of MICE.

  7. Estimation of useful yield in surface analysis using single photon ionisation

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    King, B. V.; Pellin, M. J.; Moore, J. F.; Veryovkin, I. V.; Savina, M. R.; Tripa, C. E.

    2003-01-01

    Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), laser sputter neutral mass spectrometry (SNMS) and laser desorption photoionisation (LDPI) have been used to investigate the desorption of molecules from self-assembled monolayers of phenylsulphides. LDPI, using an F 2 excimer laser to single photon ionise gave the lowest fragmentation. A useful yield greater than 0.5% was found for analysis of diphenyldisulphide self-assembled monolayers. It is shown that using a free electron laser to postionise will lead, in the future, to analysis of many atoms and molecules with useful yields approaching 30%.

  8. Calculated ionisation potentials to determine the oxidation of vanillin precursors by lignin peroxidase.

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    R Ten Have; I.M.C.M. Rietjens; Hartmans, S; Swarts, H.J.; Field, J. A.

    1998-01-01

    In view of the biocatalytic production of vanillin, this research focused on the lignin peroxidase (LiP) catalysed oxidation of naturally occurring phenolic derivatives: O-methyl ethers, O-acetyl esters, and O-glucosyl ethers. The ionisation potential (IP) of a series of model compounds was calculated and compared to their experimental conversion by LiP, defining a relative IP threshold of approximately 9.0 eV. Based on this threshold value only the O-acetyl esters and glucosides of isoeugeno...

  9. Highly ionised plasma in the Large Magellanic Cloud: Evidence for outflows and a possible galactic wind

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    Lehner, N.; Howk, J. C.

    2007-01-01

    Based on an analysis of the interstellar highly ionised species C IV, Si IV, N V, and O VI observed in the FUSE and HST/STIS E140M spectra of four hot stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), we find evidence for a hot LMC halo fed by energetic outflows from the LMC disk and even possibly an LMC galactic wind. Signatures for such outflows are the intermediate and high-velocity components (v_LSR>100 km/s) relative to the LMC disk observed in the high- and low-ion absorption profiles. The ste...

  10. A digital interface for preset time or voltage measurements using an ionising radiation dosemeter

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    A digital interface circuit has been built to terminate charge collection measurements made with an ionising radiation dosemeter. A compact portable measurement system has been assembled, comprising a digital voltmeter, a period timer and the digital interface module. Digital signals from both the voltmeter and the timer are compared with separate preset limits, and the dosemeter measurement is terminated when one of these limits is reached. The operation of the dosemeter is outlined, and the interface circuit is described in detail. Modifications to the voltmeter and timer are described, and comprehensive users' instructions are given

  11. Characterisation of the muon beams for the Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment

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    Adams, D.; et al.,

    2013-10-01

    A novel single-particle technique to measure emittance has been developed and used to characterise seventeen different muon beams for the Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment (MICE). The muon beams, whose mean momenta vary from 171 to 281 MeV/c, have emittances of approximately 1.5--2.3 \\pi mm-rad horizontally and 0.6--1.0 \\pi mm-rad vertically, a horizontal dispersion of 90--190 mm and momentum spreads of about 25 MeV/c. There is reasonable agreement between the measured parameters of the beams and the results of simulations. The beams are found to meet the requirements of MICE.

  12. Design and performance of an ionisation chamber for the measurement of low alpha-activities

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    Hartmann, Andreas; Krüger, Felix; Sobiella, Manfred; Wilsenach, Heinrich; Zuber, Kai

    2015-01-01

    A new ionisation chamber for alpha-spectroscopy has been built from radio-pure materials for the purpose of investigating long lived alpha-decays. The measurement makes use of pulse shape analysis to discriminate between signal and background events. The design and performance of the chamber is described in this paper. A background rate of ($10.9 \\pm 0.6$) counts per day in the energy region of 1 MeV to 9 MeV was achieved with a run period of 30.8 days. The background is dominantly produced by radon daughters.

  13. Design and performance of an ionisation chamber for the measurement of low alpha-activities

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    Hartmann, A.; Hutsch, J.; Krüger, F.; Sobiella, M.; Wilsenach, H.; Zuber, K.

    2016-04-01

    A new ionisation chamber for alpha-spectroscopy has been built from radio-pure materials for the purpose of investigating long lived alpha-decays. The measurement makes use of pulse shape analysis to discriminate between signal and background events. The design and performance of the chamber is described in this paper. A background rate of (10.9 ± 0.6) counts per day in the energy region of 1-9 MeV was achieved with a run period of 30.8 days. The background is dominantly produced by radon daughters.

  14. Combined effects of ionising gamma radiation and some chemical substances on the Allium sativum growth

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    Co 60 - gamma ionising radiations act in different doses and flows on Allium sativum. They accelerate the germination of bulblets with a couple of days by comparison with the sample. The 10 Gy dose stimulates the plants growth. The 30 Gy dose or 'shock dose' related to the radiation flow and with chemicals used in the treatment, produces strong decays or raises of biological parameter values. The growth region which is implied in growing regulators synthesis is perturbed. The calculation of nuclear and cytoplasmic volumes of nucleus-cytoplasm ratio confirms the perturbation at this level. (Author)

  15. Precise AuxPt1-x Alloy Nanoparticle Array of Tunable Composition for Catalytic Applications

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    Jahn, Sarah; Lechner, Sebastian J.; Freichels, Helene; Möller, Martin; Spatz, Joachim P.

    2016-02-01

    A 3-dimensional Block Copolymer Micellar nanoLithography (BCML) process was used to prepare AuxPt1-x alloy nanoparticles (NPs) monodisperse in size and composition, strongly anchored onto SiO2-particles (0.2 wt.% AuxPt1-x/SiO2). The particles possess a face-centered cubic (fcc) crystal structure and their size could be varied from 3-12 nm. We demonstrate the uniformity of the Au/Pt composition by analyzing individual NPs by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The strongly bound AuxPt1-x NPs catalyzed the oxidation of CO with high activity. Thermal ageing experiments in pure CO2 as well as in ambient atmosphere demonstrated stability of the size distribution for times as long as 22 h.

  16. Ionising radiation

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    This issue of 'Revue Francaise de Metrologie' presents the 2006 activity report of the national laboratory of metrology and tests (LNE). This paper presents the metrology activities in the domain of ionizing radiations. These activities are shared between two laboratories: the LNE-LNHB (Henry Becquerel national laboratory), i.e. the national laboratory of metrology of CEA-Saclay, and the LMDN (laboratory of dose metrology), which belongs to IRSN-Cadarache (Institute of radioprotection and nuclear safety). The different activities reported here concern: the international comparisons and actions, the advances in the lyophilization process for the drying of radioactive solutions, the use of renewable dead-times for radionuclides activity measurement using the anticoincidence method, the establishment of dosimetry references for low- and medium-energy X-photons, the advances in electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) technology, and other international and national actions. (J.S.)

  17. Regulations concerning radiation protection and survey; Donnees de la surveillance et regles qui en resultent en matiere de protection contre les rayonnements

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    Duhamel; Lavie; Fitoussi [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1958-07-01

    total irradiation will only be considered with regard to recuperation of uranium after simple machining. (author) [French] 1. L'utilisation croissante de l'energie nucleaire sous toutes ses formes a des fins pacifiques pose des problemes de securite vis-a-vis des travailleurs, des populations et des sites en general. Une etude comparee des risques d'irradiation auxquels le personnel du Commissariat a l'Energie atomique (CEA) a ete expose au cours de l'annee 1957 et des resultats du controle des radiations par les moyens de detection collectifs ou individuels montre que les installations du CEA ont une influence negligeable sur la sante, en raison de la surveillance exercee. 2. Cependant, quelques incidents de contamination et d'irradiation - sommairement indiques ainsi que la maniere dont ils ont ete regles - rendent necessaire l'elaboration d'une reglementation precise definissant les responsabilites respectives, au sein d'un etablissement nucleaire, des services utilisateurs et du Service charge de la Protection contre les Radiations, en matiere de prevention de la contamination. 3. Un ensemble coherent de regles pratiques de prevention et de protection relatives a la detention, la manipulation, le transport et le stockage de sources radioactives scellees ou non scellees, est presente. A cette fin, a partir des recommandations de la Commission Internationale de Protection Radiologique et compte tenu: - de leur nocivite radioactive; de leur activite specifique par unite de masse et du risque de contamination; les radioelements ont ete classes suivant le danger qu'ils presentent par rapport au plutonium. 4. Le Service charge de la Protection contre les Radiations intervient comme conseiller des la conception des laboratoires specialises et veille ensuite a ce que les prescriptions reglementaires de securite soient observees. 5. Des donnees elaborees, indispensables a la protection contre les rayonnements, sont mises a la

  18. Investigating ionisation cluster size distribution due to sub-1 keV electrons in view of Heisenberg's Uncertainty

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    Li, B.; Palmans, H.; Hao, L.; Nisbet, A.

    2015-09-01

    As the wavelengths of low energy electrons become comparable with the length scale of the mean ionisation step size, each event particle should be treated with care as the condition outlined in Heisenberg's uncertainty principle (HUP) should also be satisfied. Within this quantum-classical regime, spatial delocalisations of individual ionisation event sites that are generated outside the target region are calculated, and particular attention is given to the validity of using classical transport methods in simulations of nanodosimetric parameters such as mean cluster size, first and second moments, variance and cumulative frequency of ionisation cluster-size probability distributions. This paper presents the comparison between conventionally calculated nanodosimetric quantities and the ones where interacting particles are treated semi-classically with spatial uncertainties satisfied by HUP. The simulated primary charged particles are electrons of energies between 100 eV and 1 keV in DNA equivalent target aqueous water volumes using GEANT4-DNA.

  19. Kinematically complete study on electron impact ionisation of aligned hydrogen molecules

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    Senftleben, Arne

    2009-10-28

    Within the work presented here, single ionisation of spatially aligned hydrogen molecules by 200 eV electrons was studied in a kinematically complete experiment. For the first time, a comprehensive set of fully differential cross sections (FDCS) was obtained for this process on a molecular target. The direction of the internuclear axis was derived from the fragment emission of post-collision dissociation of the residual H{sub 2}{sup +} ion. Therefore, a protonic fragment was detected in coincidence with the two final-state electrons using a dedicated reaction microscope and sophisticated data analysis. For direct ionisation into the ionic ground state, existing theoretical cross sections for aligned molecules were tested. Additionally, we observed molecular frame angular distributions of Auger electrons emitted through dissociative autoionisation of H{sub 2}. Earlier findings of kinematically incomplete experiments were reproduced, but the FDCS reveal structures so far unknown. Furthermore, for random alignment, differential cross sections at two distinct values of the mean internuclear distance were obtained, providing new arguments in the current discussion on the nature of discrepancies observed between atomic and molecular collisions. (orig.)

  20. On the effect of the ionising background on the Ly{\\alpha} forest autocorrelation function

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    Gontcho, Satya Gontcho A; Busca, Nicolás G

    2014-01-01

    An analytical framework is presented to understand the effects of a fluctuating intensity of the cosmic ionising background on the correlations of the Ly{\\alpha} forest transmission fraction measured in quasar spectra. In the absence of intensity fluctuations, the Ly{\\alpha} power spectrum should have the expected cold dark matter power spectrum with redshift distortions in the linear regime, with a bias factor b_{\\delta} and a redshift distortion parameter {\\beta} that depend on redshift but are independent of scale. The intensity fluctuations introduce a scale dependence in both b_{\\delta} and {\\beta}, but keeping their product b_{\\delta}{\\beta} fixed. Observations of the Ly{\\alpha} correlations and cross-correlations with radiation sources like those being done at present in the BOSS survey of SDSS-III (Busca et al. 2013; Slosar et al. 2013; Font-Ribera et al. 2014) have the potential to measure this scale dependence, which reflects the biasing properties of the sources and absorbers of the ionising backgr...

  1. The energy and momentum input of supernova explosions in structured and ionised molecular clouds

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    Walch, S K

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the early impact of single and binary supernova (SN) explosions on dense gas clouds with three-dimensional, high-resolution, hydrodynamic simulations. The effect of cloud structure, radiative cooling, and ionising radiation from the progenitor stars on the net input of kinetic energy, f_kin=E_kin/E_SN, thermal energy, f_therm=E_therm/E_SN, and gas momentum f_P=P/P_SN to the interstellar medium (ISM) is tested. For clouds with n=100 cm^{-3}, the momentum generating Sedov and pressure-driven snowplough phases are terminated early (~ 0.01 Myr) and radiative cooling limits the coupling to f_therm ~ 0.01, f_kin ~ 0.05, and f_P ~ 9, significantly lower than for the case without cooling. For pre-ionised clouds these numbers are only increased by ~ 50%, independent of the cloud structure. This only suffices to accelerate ~ 5% of the cloud to radial velocities >30km/s. A second SN might further enhance the coupling efficiencies if delayed past the Sedov phase of the first explosion. Such very low coupli...

  2. Occupational external exposure to ionising radiation in France (2005-2011)

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    The Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) produces the French annual report on occupational exposure to ionising radiation, collecting all national data and aggregating the results according to a unique activity classification expected to be shared by all involved in personal dosimetric monitoring (employers, external dosimetry services and IRSN). Nearly 344 000 monitored workers were counted in France in 2011, with a collective dose of 64.24 man.Sv. The average annual dose (as calculated over the number of measurably exposed workers) differed among the main activity fields: 0.54 mSv in medical and veterinary activities, 1.18 mSv in the nuclear field, 1.60 mSv in non-nuclear industry and 0.47 mSv in research activities. Because of improved knowledge about worker activities, the results for year 2011 are detailed per activity sectors in each field. Lasting limitations prevent from having complete and reliable worker activity information. Solutions are considered to reduce the inaccuracy in the annually published statistics. The evolution of occupational external exposure to ionising radiation from 2005 to 2011 in France is then presented for the main activity fields. (authors)

  3. Modelling the propagation of effects of chronic exposure to ionising radiation from individuals to populations

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    Alonzo, F. [Laboratory of Environmental Modelling, DEI/SECRE/LME, Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), Cadarache, Building 159, BP3, 13115 St-Paul-lez-Durance Cedex (France); Laboratory of Radioecology and Ecotoxicology, DEI/SECRE/LRE, Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), Cadarache Building 186, BP3, 13115 St-Paul-lez-Durance Cedex (France)], E-mail: frederic.alonzo@irsn.fr; Hertel-Aas, T. [Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, P.O. Box 5003, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, 1432 Aas (Norway); Gilek, M. [School of Life Sciences, Soedertoern University College, 14189 Huddinge (Sweden); Gilbin, R. [Laboratory of Radioecology and Ecotoxicology, DEI/SECRE/LRE, Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), Cadarache Building 186, BP3, 13115 St-Paul-lez-Durance Cedex (France); Oughton, D.H. [Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, P.O. Box 5003, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, 1432 Aas (Norway); Garnier-Laplace, J. [Laboratory of Radioecology and Ecotoxicology, DEI/SECRE/LRE, Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), Cadarache Building 186, BP3, 13115 St-Paul-lez-Durance Cedex (France)

    2008-09-15

    This study evaluated the potential effect of ionising radiation on population growth using simple population models and parameter values derived from chronic exposure experiments in two invertebrate species with contrasting life-history strategies. In the earthworm Eisenia fetida, models predicted increasing delay in population growth with increasing gamma dose rate (up to 0.6 generation times at 11 mGy h{sup -1}). Population extinction was predicted at 43 mGy h{sup -1}. In the microcrustacean Daphnia magna, models predicted increasing delay in population growth with increasing alpha dose rate (up to 0.8 generation times at 15.0 mGy h{sup -1}), only after two successive generations were exposed. The study examined population effects of changes in different individual endpoints (including survival, number of offspring produced and time to first reproduction). Models showed that the two species did not respond equally to equivalent levels of change, the fast growing daphnids being more susceptible to reduction in fecundity or delay in reproduction than the slow growing earthworms. This suggested that susceptibility of a population to ionising radiation cannot be considered independent of the species' life history.

  4. Measurement of the total ionisation intensity near the ground and separation of the various components

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    The aim of this work is to measure the total amount of ion-pairs produced in the air per unit time and unit volume. It is possible, furthermore, by using continuous recording to study the variations in the ionisation due to α, β and γ radiation at a height of one metre. The apparatus which has been developed consists of two chambers of 120 litres: one, hermetically sealed detects the γ component, the other with a circulation of the ambient air detects the α and γ; it is thus possible by difference to evaluate the α component. The chambers and the associated electronic equipment have been designed for continuous operation in the open air. Another chamber without walls can be used for measuring directly the total ionisation intensity and from this an approximate calculation may be made of the β component. A series of recordings has been made near Saclay where the natural radio-activity level is moderate, and in regions of low and high activity (near the sea and in the CEA's mining divisions). It has thus been possible to show the variation in the γ component as a function of the geographic position of the measurement (from 3.7 to 6.3 l/cm3.s), the very large variations of the α component at a given place with changing meteorological conditions (from 1.5 to 45 l/cm3.s at Saclay for example) an the far smaller variations in the β component. (author)

  5. Glioblastoma stem cells: radiobiological response to ionising radiations of different qualities

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    Glioblastoma multiform (GBM) is the most common and malignant primary brain tumour, with very poor prognosis. The high recurrence rate and failure of conventional treatments are expected to be related to the presence of radio-resistant cancer stem cells (CSCs) inside the tumour mass. CSCs can both self-renew and differentiate into the heterogeneous lineages of cancer cells. Recent evidence showed a higher effectiveness of C-ions and protons in inactivating CSCs, suggesting a potential advantage of Hadrontherapy compared with conventional radiotherapy for GBM treatment. To investigate the mechanisms involved in the molecular and cellular responses of CSCs to ionising radiations, two GBM stem cell (GSC) lines, named lines 1 and 83, which were derived from patients with different clinical outcomes and having different metabolic profiles (as shown by NMR spectroscopy), were irradiated with 137Cs photons and with protons or C-ions of 62 MeV u-1 in the dose range of 5- 40 Gy. The biological effects investigated were: cell death, cell cycle progression, and DNA damage induction and repair. Preliminary results show a different response to ionising radiation between the two GSC lines for the different end points investigated. Further experiments are in progress to consolidate the data and to get more insights on the influence of radiation quality. (authors)

  6. Glioblastoma stem cells: radiobiological response to ionising radiations of different qualities.

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    Pecchia, I; Dini, V; Ricci-Vitiani, L; Biffoni, M; Balduzzi, M; Fratini, E; Belli, M; Campa, A; Esposito, G; Cirrone, G; Romano, F; Stancampiano, C; Pelacchi, F; Pallini, R; Tabocchini, M A

    2015-09-01

    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common and malignant primary brain tumour, with very poor prognosis. The high recurrence rate and failure of conventional treatments are expected to be related to the presence of radio-resistant cancer stem cells (CSCs) inside the tumour mass. CSCs can both self-renew and differentiate into the heterogeneous lineages of cancer cells. Recent evidence showed a higher effectiveness of C-ions and protons in inactivating CSCs, suggesting a potential advantage of Hadrontherapy compared with conventional radiotherapy for GBM treatment. To investigate the mechanisms involved in the molecular and cellular responses of CSCs to ionising radiations, two GBM stem cell (GSC) lines, named lines 1 and 83, which were derived from patients with different clinical outcomes and having different metabolic profiles (as shown by NMR spectroscopy), were irradiated with (137)Cs photons and with protons or C-ions of 62 MeV u(-1) in the dose range of 5-40 Gy. The biological effects investigated were: cell death, cell cycle progression, and DNA damage induction and repair. Preliminary results show a different response to ionising radiation between the two GSC lines for the different end points investigated. Further experiments are in progress to consolidate the data and to get more insights on the influence of radiation quality. PMID:25969527

  7. Spatially resolved study of the physical properties of the ionised gas in NGC 595

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    Relano, M; Vilchez, J M; Kennicutt, R C

    2009-01-01

    We present Integral Field Spectroscopy (IFS) of NGC 595, one of the most luminous HII regions in M33. This type of observations allows studying the variation of the principal emission line ratios across the surface of the nebula. At each position of the field of view, we fit the main emission line features of the spectrum within the spectral range 3650-6990A, and create maps of the principal emission line ratios for the total surface of the region. The extinction map derived from the Balmer decrement and the absorbed H-alpha luminosity show good spatial correlation with the 24 micron emission from Spitzer. We also show here the capability of the IFS to study the existence of Wolf-Rayet (WR) stars, identifying the previously catalogued WRs and detecting a new candidate towards the north of the region. The ionisation structure of the region nicely follows the H-alpha shell morphology and is clearly related to the location of the central ionising stars. The electron density distribution does not show strong vari...

  8. Spectacular tails of ionised gas in the Virgo cluster galaxy NGC 4569

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    Boselli, A; Fossati, M; Boissier, S; Bomans, D; Consolandi, G; Anselmi, G; Cortese, L; Cote, P; Durrell, P; Ferrarese, L; Fumagalli, M; Gavazzi, G; Gwyn, S; Hensler, G; Sun, M; Toloba, E

    2016-01-01

    We obtained using MegaCam at the CFHT a deep narrow band Halpha+[NII] wide field image of NGC 4569, the brightest late-type galaxy in the Virgo cluster. The image reveals the presence of long tails of diffuse ionised gas without any associated stellar component extending from the disc of the galaxy up to ~ 80 kpc (projected distance) with a typical surface brightness of a few 10^-18 erg s-1 cm-2 arcsec-2. These features provide direct evidence that NGC 4569 is undergoing a ram presure stripping event. The image also shows a prominent 8 kpc spur of ionised gas associated to the nucleus that spectroscopic data identify as an outflow. With some assumptions on the 3D distribution of the gas, we use the Halpha surface brightness of these extended low surface brightness features to derive the density and the mass of the gas stripped during the interaction of the galaxy with the ICM. The comparison with ad-hoc chemo-spectrophotometric models of galaxy evolution indicates that the mass of the Halpha emitting gas in t...

  9. Experimental determination of pcav factors for cylindrical ionisation chambers in electron beams

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    The electron beam method recommended for calibrating plane parallel ionisation chambers involves cavity correction factors for cylindrical chambers. The cavity correction factors in the IAEA TRS-381 Code of Practice are based on measurements at R100 in a PMMA phantom using PMMA cylindrical chambers having different cavity radii. In the present work the recommended data were confirmed for electron beams delivered by modern medical accelerators by using the very same phantom and ionisation chambers that were used in the original work. From another series of measurements, using four specially designed wall-less chambers in a graphite phantom, the linear relation between pcav and the chamber radius that is the basis for the experimental method, was verified. The method was also used to determine the cavity correction factors for a set of Farmer-like graphite chambers placed in water. Compared to the TRS-381 Code of Practice a smaller correction was found for the cavity perturbation for the graphite chambers used in water. (author)

  10. Jet-driven outflows of ionised gas in the nearby radio galaxy 3C293

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    Mahony, Elizabeth K; Morganti, Raffaella; Tadhunter, Clive; Bessiere, Patricia; Short, Philip; Emonts, Bjorn; Oosterloo, Tom

    2015-01-01

    Fast outflows of gas, driven by the interaction between the radio-jets and ISM of the host galaxy, are being observed in an increasing number of galaxies. One such example is the nearby radio galaxy 3C293. In this paper we present Integral Field Unit (IFU) observations taken with OASIS on the William Herschel Telescope (WHT), enabling us to map the spatial extent of the ionised gas outflows across the central regions of the galaxy. The jet-driven outflow in 3C293 is detected along the inner radio lobes with a mass outflow rate ranging from $\\sim 0.05-0.17$ solar masses/yr (in ionised gas) and corresponding kinetic power of $\\sim 0.5-3.5\\times 10^{40}$ erg/s. Investigating the kinematics of the gas surrounding the radio jets (i.e. not directly associated with the outflow), we find line-widths broader than $300$ km/s up to 5 kpc in the radial direction from the nucleus (corresponding to 3.5 kpc in the direction perpendicular to the radio axis at maximum extent). Along the axis of the radio jet line-widths $>400...

  11. Ionisation effects on the permeation of pharmaceutical compounds through silicone membrane.

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    Waters, L J; Bhuiyan, A K M M H

    2016-05-01

    Silicone membrane is frequently used as an in vitro skin mimic whereby experiments incorporate a range of buffered media which may vary in pH. As a consequence of such variability in pH there is a corresponding variability in the degree of ionisation which in turn, could influence permeation through the mainly hydrophobic-rich membrane structure. This study reports the effect of pH on the permeation of five model compounds (benzoic acid, benzotriazole, ibuprofen, ketoprofen and lidocaine). For the five compounds analysed, each at three distinct percentages of ionisation, it was found that the greater extent of permeation was always for the more 'neutral', i.e. more greatly unionised, species rather than the anionic or cationic species. These findings fit with the theory that the hydrophobic membrane encourages permeation of 'lipid-like' structures, i.e. the more unionised form of compounds. However, results obtained with an Inverse Gas Chromatography Surface Energy Analyser (iGC SEA) indicate the membrane surface to be an electron dense environment. In the knowledge that unionised forms of compounds permeate (rather than the charged species) this negatively charged surface was not anticipated, i.e. the basic membrane surface did not appear to affect permeation. PMID:26896663

  12. Simulating the 21-cm signal from reionisation including non-linear ionisations and inhomogeneous recombinations

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    Hassan, Sultan; Finlator, Kristian; Santos, Mario G

    2015-01-01

    We explore the impact of incorporating physically motivated ionisation and recombination rates on the history and topology of cosmic reionisation, by incorporating inputs from small-volume hydrodynamic simulations into a semi-numerical code, SimFast21, that evolves reionisation on large scales. We employ radiative hydrodynamic simulations to parameterize the ionisation rate Rion and recombination rate Rrec as functions of halo mass, overdensity and redshift. We find that Rion is super-linearly dependent on halo mass (Rion ~ Mh^1.41), in contrast to previous assumptions. We implement these scalings into SimFast21 to identify the ionized regions. We tune our models to be consistent with recent observations of the optical depth, ionizing emissivity, and neutral fraction by the end of reionisation. We require an average photon escape fraction fesc=0.04 within ~ 0.5 cMpc cells, independent of halo mass or redshift, to simultaneously match these data. We present predictions for the 21cm power spectrum, and show tha...

  13. Emissions and doses from sources of ionising radiation in the Netherlands: radiation policy monitoring

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    In 1997 the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment requested RIVM to develop an information system for policy monitoring. One of the motives was that the European Union requires that the competent authorities of each member state ensure that dose estimates due to practices involving exposure to ionising radiation are made as realistic as possible for the population as a whole and for reference groups in all places where such groups may occur. Emissions of radionuclides and radiation to the environment can be classified as follows: (1) emissions to the atmosphere, (2) emissions to the aquatic system and (3) emission of external radiation from radioactive materials and equipment that produces ionising radiation. Released radioactivity is dispersed via exposure pathways, such as the atmosphere, deposition on the ground and farmland products, drinking water, fish products, etc. This leads to radiation doses due to inhalation, ingestion and exposure to external radiation. To assess the possible radiation doses different kinds of models are applied, varying from simple multiplications with dispersion coefficients, transfer coefficients and dose conversion coefficients to complex dispersion models. In this paper an overview is given of the human-induced radiation doses in the Netherlands. Also, trends in and the effect of policy on the radiation dose of members of the public are investigated. This paper is based on an RIVM report published recently. A geographical distribution of radiation risks due to routine releases for a typical year in the Netherlands was published earlier

  14. P-MaNGA Galaxies: Emission Lines Properties - Gas Ionisation and Chemical Abundances from Prototype Observations

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    Belfiore, F; Bundy, K; Thomas, D; Maraston, C; Wilkinson, D; Sánchez, S F; Bershady, M; Blanc, G A; Bothwell, M; Cales, S L; Coccato, L; Drory, N; Emsellem, E; Fu, H; Gelfand, J; Law, D; Masters, K; Parejko, J; Tremonti, C; Wake, D; Weijmans, A; Yan, R; Xiao, T; Zhang, K; Zheng, T; Bizyaev, D; Kinemuchi, K; Oravetz, D; Simmons, A

    2014-01-01

    MaNGA (Mapping Nearby Galaxies at Apache Point Observatory) is a SDSS-IV survey that will obtain spatially resolved spectroscopy from 3600 \\AA\\ to 10300 \\AA\\ for a representative sample of over 10000 nearby galaxies. In this paper we present the analysis of nebular emission line properties using observations of 14 galaxies obtained with P-MaNGA, a prototype of the MaNGA instrument. By using spatially resolved diagnostic diagrams we find extended star formation in galaxies that are centrally dominated by Seyfert/LINER-like emission, illustrating that galaxy characterisations based on single fibre spectra are necessarily incomplete. We observe extended (up to $\\rm 1 R_{e}$) LINER-like emission in the central regions of three galaxies. We make use of the $\\rm EW(H \\alpha)$ to argue that the observed emission is consistent with ionisation from hot evolved stars. Using stellar population indices we conclude that galactic regions which are ionised by a Seyfert/LINER-like radiation field are also devoid of recent st...

  15. Adaptive response to ionising radiation induced by cadmium in zebrafish embryos

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    An adaptive response is a biological response where the exposure of cells or animals to a low priming exposure induces mechanisms that protect the cells or animals against the detrimental effects of a subsequent larger challenging exposure. In realistic environmental situations, living organisms can be exposed to a mixture of stressors, and the resultant effects due to such exposures are referred to as multiple stressor effects. In the present work we demonstrated, via quantification of apoptosis in the embryos, that embryos of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) subjected to a priming exposure provided by one environmental stressor (cadmium in micromolar concentrations) could undergo an adaptive response against a subsequent challenging exposure provided by another environmental stressor (alpha particles). We concluded that zebrafish embryos treated with 1 to 10 μM Cd at 5 h postfertilisation (hpf) for both 1 and 5 h could undergo an adaptive response against subsequent ∼4.4 mGy alpha-particle irradiation at 10 hpf, which could be interpreted as an antagonistic multiple stressor effect between Cd and ionising radiation. The zebrafish has become a popular vertebrate model for studying the in vivo response to ionising radiation. As such, our results suggested that multiple stressor effects should be carefully considered for human radiation risk assessment since the risk may be perturbed by another environmental stressor such as a heavy metal. (paper)

  16. Ultrastructural effects of ionising radiation on primary cultures of rainbow trout skin

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    Full text: There are few reports on the comparative effects of ionising radiation on different species. Published data report the use of radiation levels far in excess of what could be considered in an environmental context and are therefore difficult to assimilate into environmental research. We are engaged in a comparative study of the cellular effects of non-lethal radiation doses on tissue explants from fish and aquatic invertebrates. The aim of the present work is to investigate the ultrastructural effects of ionising radiation on primary cultures of skin from the rainbow trout. Primary cultures were grown using tissue explants from rainbow trout skin. The cultures were irradiated with doses of cobalt 60 gamma radiation ranging from 0.5Gy to 15Gy. The cultures were fixed in glutaraldehyde, at 7 days post irradiation. They were then post-fixed in osmium tetroxide and dehydrated in ascending grades of alcohol before being embedded in Epon. Blocks of tissue were then sectioned at 1 μm, stained with toluidine blue and surveyed using light microscopy. Ultra-thin sections of particular areas were cut at 50nm and examined by electron microscopy. Nuclear aberrations and changes in cytoplasmic organelles particularly mitochondria, were observed in irradiated skin cultures. Mitochondria were also of a different shape in irradiated cultures. The occurrence of apoptotic bodies in the irradiated cultures suggests that of controlled cell death is involved in the cellular response to radiation. These results may have important considerations for environmental protection. (author)

  17. Fluorescence in situ hybridisation in chromosome aberration detection in subjects occupationally exposed to ionising radiation

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    For more than two decades, chromosomal aberration analysis has been used to detect structural chromosomal aberrations as sensitive biodosimeters of occupational exposure to ionising radiation. Its use is also recommended by the World Health Organisation. Changes in chromosome structure detected by that method are considered to be early biomarkers of a possible malignant disease. Aberrations detected by the method are unstable and can be found in the lymphocytes of irradiated personnel only within a limited time after exposure. To detect stable chromosomal aberrations, which persist after exposure, multicolour fluorescent in situ hybridisation has to be used. Using DNA probes labelled with different fluorochromes, it dyes each pair of chromosomes with different colour. Due to the dynamic of unstable aberration formation, chromosomal aberration analysis is more suitable in genome damage assessment of recent exposures. On the other hand, fluorescence in situ hybridisation gives the information on chromosome instability caused by long-term occupational exposure to ionising radiation. Considering the high costs of fluorescence in situ hybridisation and the uncertainty of the result, it should be used in biodosimetry only when it is absolutely necessary.(author)

  18. Influence of low energy hadron interaction models on atmospheric ionisation due to cosmic ray heavy nuclei

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    Results from recent atmospheric cascade simulations with CORSIKA 6.990 code using GHEISHA2002, FLUKA 2011 and QGSJET II hadron generators are presented. The energy deposit in air by various cosmic ray nuclei is computed. Primary Helium, Carbon, Oxygen and Iron nuclei are considered as primaries. The simulations are performed in a wide energy range between 1GeV/nucleon and 100 GeV/nucleon. A realistic curved atmospheric model is assumed, parameterised according to US standard atmosphere. The ion pair production in the atmosphere considering the contribution of different cascade components, namely electromagnetic, muon and hadron is obtained. The yield function Y for total ionisation is compared for the different models. In addition, the Y functions are compared for different geomagnetic rigidity cut-offs, namely 1 GV (polar caps), 5 GV (middle latitudes - i.e. Bulgaria), 9 GV (lower middle latitudes) and 15 GV (equatorial regions). The observed differences are widely discussed and a comparison with experimental data is performed. Several applications are mentioned as well. Key words: cosmic rays, ionisation model, hadron interaction models, atmosphere

  19. Genome-Wide Analysis and Characterization of Aux/IAA Family Genes in Brassica rapa.

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    Full Text Available Auxins are the key players in plant growth development involving leaf formation, phototropism, root, fruit and embryo development. Auxin/Indole-3-Acetic Acid (Aux/IAA are early auxin response genes noted as transcriptional repressors in plant auxin signaling. However, many studies focus on Aux/ARF gene families and much less is known about the Aux/IAA gene family in Brassica rapa (B. rapa. Here we performed a comprehensive genome-wide analysis and identified 55 Aux/IAA genes in B. rapa using four conserved motifs of Aux/IAA family (PF02309. Chromosomal mapping of the B. rapa Aux/IAA (BrIAA genes facilitated understanding cluster rearrangement of the crucifer building blocks in the genome. Phylogenetic analysis of BrIAA with Arabidopsis thaliana, Oryza sativa and Zea mays identified 51 sister pairs including 15 same species (BrIAA-BrIAA and 36 cross species (BrIAA-AtIAA IAA genes. Among the 55 BrIAA genes, expression of 43 and 45 genes were verified using Genebank B. rapa ESTs and in home developed microarray data from mature leaves of Chiifu and RcBr lines. Despite their huge morphological difference, tissue specific expression analysis of BrIAA genes between the parental lines Chiifu and RcBr showed that the genes followed a similar pattern of expression during leaf development and a different pattern during bud, flower and siliqua development stages. The response of the BrIAA genes to abiotic and auxin stress at different time intervals revealed their involvement in stress response. Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms between IAA genes of reference genome Chiifu and RcBr were focused and identified. Our study examines the scope of conservation and divergence of Aux/IAA genes and their structures in B. rapa. Analyzing the expression and structural variation between two parental lines will significantly contribute to functional genomics of Brassica crops and we belive our study would provide a foundation in understanding the Aux/IAA genes in B. rapa.

  20. Genome-Wide Analysis and Characterization of Aux/IAA Family Genes in Brassica rapa.

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    Paul, Parameswari; Dhandapani, Vignesh; Rameneni, Jana Jeevan; Li, Xiaonan; Sivanandhan, Ganesan; Choi, Su Ryun; Pang, Wenxing; Im, Subin; Lim, Yong Pyo

    2016-01-01

    Auxins are the key players in plant growth development involving leaf formation, phototropism, root, fruit and embryo development. Auxin/Indole-3-Acetic Acid (Aux/IAA) are early auxin response genes noted as transcriptional repressors in plant auxin signaling. However, many studies focus on Aux/ARF gene families and much less is known about the Aux/IAA gene family in Brassica rapa (B. rapa). Here we performed a comprehensive genome-wide analysis and identified 55 Aux/IAA genes in B. rapa using four conserved motifs of Aux/IAA family (PF02309). Chromosomal mapping of the B. rapa Aux/IAA (BrIAA) genes facilitated understanding cluster rearrangement of the crucifer building blocks in the genome. Phylogenetic analysis of BrIAA with Arabidopsis thaliana, Oryza sativa and Zea mays identified 51 sister pairs including 15 same species (BrIAA-BrIAA) and 36 cross species (BrIAA-AtIAA) IAA genes. Among the 55 BrIAA genes, expression of 43 and 45 genes were verified using Genebank B. rapa ESTs and in home developed microarray data from mature leaves of Chiifu and RcBr lines. Despite their huge morphological difference, tissue specific expression analysis of BrIAA genes between the parental lines Chiifu and RcBr showed that the genes followed a similar pattern of expression during leaf development and a different pattern during bud, flower and siliqua development stages. The response of the BrIAA genes to abiotic and auxin stress at different time intervals revealed their involvement in stress response. Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms between IAA genes of reference genome Chiifu and RcBr were focused and identified. Our study examines the scope of conservation and divergence of Aux/IAA genes and their structures in B. rapa. Analyzing the expression and structural variation between two parental lines will significantly contribute to functional genomics of Brassica crops and we belive our study would provide a foundation in understanding the Aux/IAA genes in B. rapa. PMID

  1. Ti1-xAux Alloys: Hard Biocompatible Metals and Their Possible Applications

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    Svanidze, Eteri; Besara, Tiglet; Ozaydin, M. Fevzi; Xin, Yan; Han, Ke; Liang, Hong; Siegrist, Theo; Morosan, Emilia

    2015-03-01

    The search for new hard materials is often challenging from both theoretical and experimental points of view. Furthermore, using materials for biomedical applications calls for alloys with high biocompatibility which are even more sparse. The Ti1-xAux (0 . 22 dental, and prosthetic applications, where they could be used as both permanent and temporary components. Additionally, the ability of Ti1-xAux alloys to adhere to ceramic parts could reduce the weight and cost of these components. The work at Rice was supported by NSF DMR 0847681 (E.M. and E.S.).

  2. Les raisons d'être de la franchise dans les transactions de services aux entreprises

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    Allam, Délila

    2008-01-01

    La franchise, comme forme hybride de coordination procède à une allocation asymétrique des droits juridiques et économiques entre les parties. Elle constitue une forme de coordination particulièrement performante en parvenant à équilibrer incitation et contrôle. Pourtant, les prestations de services aux entreprises représentent moins de 7% des réseaux de franchise recensés en France. Nous montrons pourquoi les marchés des services aux entreprises pourraient devenir de "nouvelles terres de con...

  3. High-resolution laser spectroscopy with the Collinear Resonance Ionisation Spectroscopy (CRIS) experiment at CERN-ISOLDE

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    Cocolios, T. E.; de Groote, R. P.; Billowes, J.; Bissell, M. L.; Budinčević, I.; Day Goodacre, T.; Farooq-Smith, G. J.; Fedosseev, V. N.; Flanagan, K. T.; Franchoo, S.; Garcia Ruiz, R. F.; Gins, W.; Heylen, H.; Kron, T.; Li, R.; Lynch, K. M.; Marsh, B. A.; Neyens, G.; Rossel, R. E.; Rothe, S.; Smith, A. J.; Stroke, H. H.; Wendt, K. D. A.; Wilkins, S. G.; Yang, X.

    2016-06-01

    The Collinear Resonance Ionisation Spectroscopy (CRIS) experiment at CERN has achieved high-resolution resonance ionisation laser spectroscopy with a full width at half maximum linewidth of 20(1) MHz for 219,221 Fr, and has measured isotopes as short lived as 5 ms with 214 Fr. This development allows for greater precision in the study of hyperfine structures and isotope shifts, as well as a higher selectivity of single-isotope, even single-isomer, beams. These achievements are linked with the development of a new laser laboratory and new data-acquisition systems.

  4. On magnetospheric electron impact ionisation and dynamics in Titan's ram-side and polar ionosphere – a Cassini case study

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    G. R. Lewis

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available We present data from the sixth Cassini flyby of Titan (T5, showing that the magnetosphere of Saturn strongly interacts with the moon's ionosphere and exo-ionosphere. A simple electron ionisation model provides a reasonable agreement with the altitude structure of the ionosphere. Furthermore, we suggest that the dense and cold exo-ionosphere (from the exobase at 1430 km and outward to several Titan radii from the surface can be explained by magnetospheric forcing and other transport processes whereas exospheric ionisation by impacting low energy electrons seems to play a minor role.

  5. Correlation of the ionisation response at selected points of IC sensitive regions with SEE sensitivity parameters under pulsed laser irradiation

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    Gordienko, A V; Mavritskii, O B; Egorov, A N; Pechenkin, A A; Savchenkov, D V [National Research Nuclear University ' ' MEPhI' ' (Russian Federation)

    2014-12-31

    The statistics of the ionisation response amplitude measured at selected points and their surroundings within sensitive regions of integrated circuits (ICs) under focused femtosecond laser irradiation is obtained for samples chosen from large batches of two types of ICs. A correlation between these data and the results of full-chip scanning is found for each type. The criteria for express validation of IC single-event effect (SEE) hardness based on ionisation response measurements at selected points are discussed. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  6. Report of transparency and nuclear safety 2007 CEA Fontenay aux Roses; Rapport transparence et securite nucleaire 2007 CEA Fontenay aux Roses

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    2007-07-01

    This report presents the activities of the CEA Center of Fontenay aux roses for the year 2007. After many years of decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear installations, the Center is now devoted (since 2005) to the development of research programmes on biology and biomedical technologies. The actions concerning the safety, the radiation protection, the significant events, the release control and the environmental impacts and the wastes stored on the center are discussed. (A.L.B.)

  7. Effects of ionised or chelated water-soluble mineral mixture supplementation on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, blood characteristics, meat quality and intestinal microbiota in broilers.

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    Upadhaya, S D; Lee, B R; Kim, I H

    2016-04-01

    An experiment was conducted to study the effects of dietary supplementation of water-soluble ionised or chelated mineral mixture on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, blood characteristics, relative organ weight, meat quality and excreta microflora in broilers. A total of 408 Arbor Acres broilers (17 birds in 8 replicate pens) were randomly allocated into one of the following three treatments: (1) Control/basal diet (CON), (2) T1 (basal diet + 0.5% ionised mineral mixture solution, pH 3.0) and (3) T2 (basal diet + 0.5% chelated mineral mixture solution, pH 3.0). The body weight gain was greater and feed conversion ratio was lower in broilers supplemented with ionised or chelated mineral liquid complex compared to CON during the grower and overall phase of the experiment. No significant effect in the concentration of Ca and P in the blood was observed in birds supplemented with ionised or chelated mineral mixture solution. No adverse effects were observed in organ weight and meat quality with ionised or chelated mineral mixture supplementation. Regarding intestinal microbiota counts there was a reduction of Escherichia coli counts in the small intestine in ionised mineral supplemented birds. In the large intestine, E. coli as well as Salmonella populations were reduced in ionised mineral supplemented birds. In conclusion, ionised or chelated minerals have partial positive effects in improving growth performance and reducing pathogenic bacteria load in the gastro-intestinal tract. PMID:27088481

  8. Contribution to the study of the action of electromagnetic fields on the angular correlations of nuclear radiation (1960); Contribution a l'etude de l'action des champs electromagnetiques sur les correlations angulaires des rayonnements nucleaires (1960)

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    Lehmann, P. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1959-01-15

    This work deals with the study of interaction of E.M. fields with nuclear moments of nuclei emitting gamma rays. We describe first experiments on delayed angular correlation showing the role played by statistic quadrupole interaction. We have measured the magnetic moment of the second excited state of {sup 19}F using an external magnetic field. In the case of {sup 19}O, experiments of angular distributions and angular correlations of gamma -rays taking into account the possibility of perturbations, allow us to determine the spin and parities of the three first levels. (author) [French] Le present travail concerne l'etude de l'interaction des champs electromagnetiques et des moments nucleaires de noyaux emettant des rayonnements gamma. Nous decrivons des experiences de correlation angulaire differee dont l'interpretation met en coincidence le role joue par les interactions quadrupolaires statiques. Nous avons mesure le moment magnetique de {sup 19}F dans un etat excite en utilisant un champ magnetique exterieur a la source radioactive. Enfin, dans le cas de {sup 19}O, nous montrons l'utilite d'un examen des possibilites de perturbations dans l'interpretation des resultats fournis par des correlations ou des distributions angulaires. (auteur)

  9. Study and optimization of the ionisation channel in the Edelweiss dark matter direct detection experiment; Etude et optimisation de la voie ionisation dans l'experience Edelweiss de detection directe de la matiere noire

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    2006-02-15

    The EDELWEISS experiment is aiming at the detection of Weakly Interactive Massive Particles (WIMPs), today's most favoured candidates for solving the dark matter issue. Background ionising particles are identified thanks to the simultaneous measurement of heat and ionisation in the detectors. The main limitation to this method is coming from the ionisation measurement, charge collection being less efficient in some part of the detectors known as 'dead' areas. The specificity of the measurement is due to the use of very low temperatures and low collection fields. This thesis is dedicated to the study of carrier trapping. It involves time-resolved charge measurements as well as a simulation code adapted to the specific physical conditions. We first present results concerning charge trapping at the free surfaces of the detectors. Our method allows to build a surface-charge in a controlled manner by irradiation with a strong radioactive source. This charge is then characterised with a weaker source which acts as a probe. In a second part of the work, bulk-trapping characteristics are deduced from charge collection efficiency measurements, and by an original method based on event localisation in the detector. The results show that a large proportion of the doping impurities are ionised, as indicated independently by the study of degradation by space-charge build-up. In this last part, near-electrodes areas are found to contain large densities of charged trapping centres, in connection with dead-layer effects. (author)

  10. Création et essor de l'Institut Havrais de Sociologie économique et de Psychologie des Peuples de l'hiver 1937 aux années 1970.

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    Carbonel, Frédéric

    2006-01-01

    Article qui retrace l'essor et le rayonnement de l'Institut Havrais de Sociologie économique et de Psychologie des Peuples dont les deux principales personnalités furent les protestants André Siegfried et Abel Miroglio.

  11. Monitoring the performance of Aux. Feedwater Pump using Smart Sensing Model

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    No, Young Gyu; Seong, Poong Hyun [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    Many artificial intelligence (AI) techniques equipped with learning systems have recently been proposed to monitor sensors and components in NPPs. Therefore, the objective of this study is the development of an integrity evaluation method for safety critical components such as Aux. feedwater pump, high pressure safety injection (HPSI) pump, etc. using smart sensing models based on AI techniques. In this work, the smart sensing model is developed at first to predict the performance of Aux. feedwater pump by estimating flowrate using group method of data handing (GMDH) method. If the performance prediction is achieved by this feasibility study, the smart sensing model will be applied to development of the integrity evaluation method for safety critical components. Also, the proposed algorithm for the performance prediction is verified by comparison with the simulation data of the MARS code for station blackout (SBO) events. In this study, the smart sensing model for the prediction performance of Aux. feedwater pump has been developed. In order to develop the smart sensing model, the GMDH algorithm is employed. The GMDH algorithm is the way to find a function that can well express a dependent variable from independent variables. This method uses a data structure similar to that of multiple regression models. The proposed GMDH model can accurately predict the performance of Aux.

  12. First Glossary of Modern Physics and Ionising Radiation Protection in Croatian

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    Motivation and encouragement for the Glossary were given as the research theme for the joint seminar between the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and Rudjer Boskovic Institute, within a postgraduate course subject ''Detectors and electronic instrumentation for particle physics''. A basic motivation is due to a lack of specialized literature in Croatian language in the field of protection of ionising radiation as well as the incompleteness of Croatian terminology in the same field. That is a general problem all over the World because the most glossaries are usually connected either with nuclear power plants or with an application of ionising radiation in medicine. On the other hand, a necessity for the specialized literature for radiation protection which follows a development of modern particle physics and its detection technique is rapidly growing up. A work and development on the Glossary were faced with serious difficulties, since various translations of foreign words and acronyms have already been used by various authors in Croatian literature. Different interpretations of the same term or concept, from diverse sources, had to be very often reconciled. However, the biggest challenge was finding proper Croatian words for the foreign terms, concepts, properties, and quantities which have not yet been commonly used so far in Croatian papers or/and Croatian legislative acts. According to our knowledge this seems to be the first comprehensive Glossary, describing the field of ionising radiation protection and bringing of 300 related entries (terms and guidelines). That is, certainly, the first characteristic Thesaurus in Croatian which includes background of modern physics and chemistry, particle phenomenology and its measurement, all dedicated to the radiological protection of workers, environment and people of the World. A Glossary brings a wide spectrum of terms of broad area of chemistry, radiation protection, nuclear and particle physics. A

  13. Multidisciplinary approach to assess the sensitivity of dwarf tomato plants to low-LET ionising radiation

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    De Micco, Veronica; De Pascale, Stefania; Aronne, Giovanna; Paradiso, Roberta; Vitaglione, Paola; Turano, Mimmo; Arena, Carmen

    Ionising radiation, acting alone or in interaction with microgravity and other environmental constraints, may affect plant at molecular, morpho-structural and physiological level. The intensity of the plant’s response depends on the properties of radiation and on the features of the plant itself. Indeed, different species are characterised by different susceptibility to radiation which may change during the life course. The aim of this research was to study the radiosensitivity to low-LET ionising radiation of plants of dwarf tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L. ‘Microtom’) at two phenological phases (vegetative and reproductive), within the purpose of analysing plants for consideration as candidates for Bioregenerative Life Support Systems (BLSS) in Space. To pursue this objective, plants of the cultivar Microtom were irradiated with different doses of X-rays either at the stage of the second true leaf (VP - vegetative phase) or when at least one flower was blossomed (RP - reproductive phase). Plant’s response to ionising radiation was assessed through a multidisciplinary approach combining genetic analyses, ecophysiological measurements, morpho-anatomical characterisation of leaves and fruits, nutritional analyses of fruits. Growth, molecular and morpho-functional traits were measured during plant development up to fruiting in both VP and RP plant groups, and compared with non-irradiated control plants. Plant growth was monitored weekly recording parameters such as plant height, number of leaves, leaf area, flowering and fruiting rate. Potential DNA alterations were explored through Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) technique. The efficiency of the photosynthetic apparatus was evaluated by determining photosynthetic pigment composition, photochemistry and leaf gas exchanges. Leaf and fruit structure were analysed through light and epi-fluorescence microscopy. Leaf anatomical traits related to photosynthetic efficiency, and to structural radioprotection

  14. Absorbed dose in ion beams: comparison of ionisation- and fluence-based measurements

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    A direct comparison measurement of fluorescent nuclear track detectors (FNTDs) and a thimble ionisation chamber is presented. Irradiations were performed using monoenergetic protons (142.66 MeV, φ=3x106 cm-2) and carbon ions (270.55 MeV u-1, φ=3x106 cm-2). It was found that absorbed dose to water values as determined by fluence measurements using FNTDs are, in case of protons, in good agreement (2.4 %) with ionisation chamber measurements, if slower protons and Helium secondaries were accounted for by an effective stopping power. For carbon, however, a significant discrepancy of 4.5 % was seen, which could not be explained by fragmentation, uncertainties or experimental design. The results rather suggest a W-value of 32.10 eV±2.6 %. Additionally, the abundance of secondary protons expected from Monte-Carlo transport simulation was not observed. FNTDs are able to yield correct dose estimation for protons. The assumption of a monoenergetic beam, even in the entrance channel, is invalid since slower protons and secondaries contribute significantly and an effective stopping power has to be employed. These corrections account for the discrepancies seen in the authors' previous experiments. Since the FNTD fluorescent track amplitude depends on the particle species and energy, the effective stopping power might be estimated from the intensity histogram of the particle tracks. For carbon ions, however, secondary particles did not fully account for the discrepancies found. Considering the detection efficiency of FNTD technology, it seems unlikely that a significant portion of tracks were not registered. This might stimulate discussions on the accuracy of the kQ,Q0 factor for carbon beams. Since the stopping power in this energy range is known quite accurately (1-2 %), one might question the currently used constant Wair value of 34.50 ± 0.52 eV (1.5 %)(14). The presented findings would imply a Wair value of 32.10±0.83 eV (2.6 %). This uncertainty includes all

  15. Register of legislative and regulatory dispositions relative to the radiation protection of the population and workers against the dangers of ionizing radiations; Recueil des dispositions legislatives et reglementaires concernant la protection de la population et des travailleurs contre les dangers des rayonnements ionisants

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    2003-12-15

    This collection of legislative arrangements concerns the protection of population and workers against the risks of ionizing radiations. Each chapter is divided in two parts: a legislative part and a statutory or regulation part. We find the different chapters in relation with protection of populations, protection of workers, public health and labour laws. (N.C.)

  16. Priorities in radiation protection. Propositions for a better protection of persons against the danger of ionizing radiations. Report of the Vrousos commission; Priorites en radioprotection. Propositions pour une meilleure protection des personnes contre les dangers des rayonnements ionisants. Rapport de la commission Vrousos

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    2004-03-15

    this report presents priorities for actions and recommendations on subjects such communication, information, education, and also research, monitoring of technological development, expertise or giving users more responsibility. these recommendations are given with actions propositions on field of workers radiation protection or patients protection or radioactive sources management. (N.C.)

  17. Synthesis and evaluation of new organic and phosphorous derivatives against ionizing radiation: study of the in vitro mechanism of action; Synthese et evaluation de nouveaux composes organiques et phosphores contre les effets des rayonnements ionisants. Etude de leur mecanisme d'action in vitro

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    Prouillac, C

    2006-10-15

    This work falls under a research program. The aim was to synthesize new organic phosphorylated compounds having an interesting radio pharmacological activity without toxicity. That is why, we carried out the synthesis of new benzothiazole and thiadiazole N-substituted derivatives as thiols, amino thiols, acids thio-sulfonic and phosphoro thioates. All these compounds were characterized by NMR (proton, carbon, phosphorus, 2D), by mass spectrometry, elementary analyzes and for some of them by diffraction of x-rays. The activity of the majority of them was evaluated by in vitro tests. The experimental results were confirmed by theoretical study: the aim of D.F.T. calculation was the study of the mechanism of capture of the free radicals by our compounds. In addition, a study of relation structure activity (Q.S.A.R.) was carried out. Our results allow us to create a model making it possible to establish structure-activity relationship. (author)

  18. Document sheet no.3. The sanitary effects and the medical uses of the radioactivity, the radiations, the biological effects, the medical uses; Fiche documentaire no.3. Les effets sanitaires et les usages medicaux de la radioactivite, rayonnements ionisants, les effets biologiques, les usages medicaux

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    2004-07-01

    In order to inform the public the ANCLI published information sheets. This sheet no.3 deals with the sanitary effects and the medical uses of the radioactivity. It presents the radiations definitions (the internal and external irradiation, the doses levels, the absorbed doses), the biological effects (deterministic effects, random effects and chronicity effects), and the medical uses (radiotherapy and monitoring of chemotherapy). (A.L.B.)

  19. Transposition of the 97/43 EURATOM directive. Mission on procedures and standard levels of medical examinations using ionizing radiations. The radiological procedures: quality criteria and doses optimization; Transposition de la directive 97/43 Euratom. Mission sur les procedures et les niveaux de reference des examens medicaux utilisant les rayonnements ionisants. Les procedures radiologiques: criteres de qualite et optimisation des doses

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    2001-07-01

    The objective of this report concerns the optimization of radiological practices, to avoid delivering unuseful doses while ensuring an image quality necessary to the obtaining of the desired diagnosis information. (N.C.)

  20. Health and biological effects of non-ionizing radiations. Meeting of the non-ionizing radiation section of the French radiation protection society (SFRP). Meeting review; Les effets biologiques et sanitaires des rayonnements non ionisants. Journee scientifique de la section RNI de la SFRP - Compte rendu de congres

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    Perrin, A.; Souques, M. [Electricite de France (EDF), 75 - Paris (France)

    2011-07-15

    This document makes a review of this conference day on biological and health effects of non-ionizing radiations. The program comprised three sessions with a total of 17 presentations dealing with: 1 - NMR: biological effects and implications of Directive 2004/40 on electromagnetic fields (S. Lehericy); 2 - impact of RF frequencies from mobile telephone antennas on body homeostasis (A. Pelletier); 3 - expression of stress markers in the brain and blood of rats exposed in-utero to a Wi-Fi signal (I. Lagroye); 4 - people exposure to electromagnetic waves: the challenge of variability and the contribution of statistics to dosimetry (J. Wiart); 5 - status of knowledge about electromagnetic fields hyper-sensitivity (J.P. Marc-Vergnes); 6 - geno-toxicity of UV radiation: respective impact of UVB and UVA (T. Douki); 7 - National day of prevention and screening for skin cancers (F. Guibal); 8 - UV tan devices: status of knowledge about cancer risks (I. Tordjman, and J. Gaillot de Saintignon); 9 - In vitro study of the extremely low frequencies (ELF) effect on genes expression (J.F. Collard); 10 - modulation of brain activity during a tapping task after exposure to a 3000 {mu}T magnetic field at 60 Hz (M. Souques and A. Legros); 11 - calculation of ELF electromagnetic fields in the human body by the finite elements method (R. Scoretti); 12 - French population exposure to the 50 Hz magnetic field (I. Magne); 13 - LF and static fields, new ICNIRP recommendations: what has changed, what remains (B. Vey. Veyret); 14 - risk assessment of low energy lighting systems - DELs and CFLs (J.P. Cesarini); 15 - biological effects to the rat of a chronic exposure to high power microwaves (R. De Seze); 16 - theoretical and experimental electromagnetic compatibility approaches of active medical implants in the 10-50 Hz frequency range: the case of implantable cardiac defibrillators (J. Katrib); 17 - French physicians and electromagnetic fields (M. Souques). (J.S.)

  1. The effect of intergalactic helium on hydrogen reionisation: implications for the sources of ionising photons at z > 6

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    Ciardi, B; Maselli, A; Graziani, L

    2011-01-01

    We investigate the effect of helium on hydrogen reionisation using a hydrodynamical simulation combined with the cosmological radiative transfer code CRASH. The simulations are run in a 35.12/h comoving Mpc box using a variety of assumptions for the amplitude and power-law extreme-UV (EUV) spectral index, alpha, of the ionising emissivity. We use an empirically motivated prescription for ionising sources which ensures all of the models are consistent with constraints on the Thomson scattering optical depth and the hydrogen photo-ionisation rate at z=6. The inclusion of helium slightly delays reionisation due to the small number of ionising photons which reionise neutral helium instead of hydrogen. However, helium has a significant impact on the thermal state of the IGM. Models with alpha=3 produce IGM temperatures at the mean density at z=6 which are about 20 % higher compared to models without helium photo-heating. Harder EUV indices produce even larger IGM temperature boosts. A comparison to recent observat...

  2. Characterisation of exposure to non-ionising electromagnetic fields in the Spanish INMA birth cohort: Study protocol

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    M. Gallastegi (Mara); M. Guxens (Mònica ); A. Jiménez-Zabala (Ana); I. Calvente (Irene); M. Fernández (Marta); L. Birks (Laura); B. Struchen (Benjamin); M. Vrijheid (Martine); M. Estarlich (Marisa); M.F. Fernandez (Mariana); M. Torrent (Maties); F. Ballester (Ferran); J.J. Aurrekoetxea (Juan José); J. Ibarluzea (Jesús); D. Guerra (David); J. González (Julián); M. Röösli (Martin); L. Santa-Marina (Loreto)

    2016-01-01

    textabstractBackground: Analysis of the association between exposure to electromagnetic fields of non-ionising radiation (EMF-NIR) and health in children and adolescents is hindered by the limited availability of data, mainly due to the difficulties on the exposure assessment. This study protocol de

  3. Spin-Orbit Larmor Clock for Ionisation Times in One-Photon and Strong-Field Regimes

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    Kaushal, Jivesh; Torlina, Lisa; Ivanov, Misha; Smirnova, Olga

    2015-01-01

    Photoionisation is a process where absorption of one or several photons liberates an electron and creates a hole in a quantum system, such as an atom or a molecule. Is it faster to remove an electron using one or many photons, and how to define this time? Here we introduce a clock that allows us to define ionisation time for both one-photon and many-photon ionisation regimes. The clock uses the interaction of the electron or hole spin with the magnetic field created by their orbital motion, known as the spin-orbit interaction. The angle of spin precession in the magnetic field records time. We use the combination of analytical theory and ab-initio calculations to show how ionisation delay depends on the number of absorbed photons, how it appears in the experiment and what electron dynamics it signifies. In particular, we apply our method to calculate the derived time delays in tunnelling regime of strong-field ionisation.

  4. Determination of kava lactones in food supplements by liquid chromatography-atmospheric pressure chemical ionisation tandem mass spectrometry

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    Bobeldijk, I.; Boonzaaijer, G.; Spies-Faber, E.J.; Vaes, W.H.J.

    2005-01-01

    Reversed-phase liquid chromatography and detection with atmospheric pressure chemical ionisation tandem mass spectrometry was used for the determination of kava extracts in herbal mixtures. One percent of kava extract can be detected, corresponding to approximately 0.05-0.2 mg/g of the individual ka

  5. The SAURON project XVI: On the Sources of Ionisation for the Gas in Elliptical and Lenticular Galaxies

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    Sarzi, Marc; Schawinski, Kevin; Jeong, Hyunjin; Shapiro, Kristen; Bacon, Roland; Bureau, Martin; Cappellari, Michele; Davies, Roger L; de Zeeuw, P Tim; Emsellem, Eric; Falcon-Barroso, Jesus; Krajnovic, Davor; Kuntschner, Harald; McDermid, Richard M; Peletier, Reynier F; Bosch, Remco C E van den; Ven, Glen van den; Yi, Sukyoung K

    2009-01-01

    Following our study on the incidence, morphology and kinematics of the ionised gas in early-type galaxies we now address the question of what is powering the observed nebular emission. To constrain the likely sources of gas excitation, we resort to a variety of ancillary data, draw from complementary information on the gas kinematics, stellar populations and galactic potential from the SAURON data, and use the SAURON-specific diagnostic diagram juxtaposing the [OIII]/Hb and [NI]/Hb line ratios. We find a tight correlation between the stellar surface brightness and the flux of the Hb recombination line across our sample, which points to a diffuse and old stellar source as the main contributor of ionising photons in early-type galaxies, with post-asymptotic giant branch (pAGB) stars being still the best candidate based on ionising-balance arguments. Other ionising sources such as a central AGN, OB-stars, shocks or the interaction between the hot and warm phases of the interestellar medium are found to play only...

  6. Draft guidance notes for the protection of persons exposed to ionising radiations in research and teaching

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    These guidance notes have been prepared for those who use ionising radiation in a wide range of research work and teaching, such as that under the control of universities, polytechnics, Government Departments or research organisations and for those who work in industrial research laboratories. Ancillary activities, such as the testing and calibration of equipment and the storage and disposal of radioactive materials, are also covered by these notes so far as they are carried out on the same premises. The guidance notes indicate procedures for the protection of all persons who may be exposed as a result of these practices, i.e. all employed persons, apprentices and students, and members of the public. (author)

  7. Guidance notes for the protection of persons against ionising radiations arising from medical and dental use

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    Guidance notes have been prepared by the NRPB, the Health Departments and the Health and Safety Executive for the protection of all persons against ionising radiations arising from medical and dental use. The guidance notes are a guide to good radiation protection practice consistent with regulatory requirements. The areas covered include medical and dental radiology, diagnostic X-ray equipment for medical and dental radiography, beam therapy and remotely controlled after-loading, brachytherapy, diagnostic and therapeutic uses of unsealed radioactive substances, diagnostic uses of sealed or other solid radioactive sources, patients leaving hospital after administration of radioactive substances, precautions after death of a patient whom radioactive substances have been administered, storage and movement of radioactive substances, disposal of radioactive waste and contingency planning and emergency procedures. (U.K.)

  8. Applying the ionising radiation regulations to radon in the UK workplace

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    As a response to the identification of a health risk from workplace radon in the UK, the Ionising Radiations Regulations include the protection of workers from excessive levels of radon. Employers are required to make risk assessments, and the interpretation of the Health and Safety Executive is that the regulations apply to workplace premises in locations already designated as Radon Affected Areas for domestic purposes, with the difference that in workplaces, it is the maximum winter radon concentration rather than the annual average which is the parameter of interest. This paper discusses the rationale behind the current regulatory environment, outlines the role and duties of Accredited Radiation Protection Advisers and summarises the strategies necessary to conform to the regulations. (authors)

  9. Guidance on approval of dosimetry services under the ionising radiations regulations 1985

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    Regulation 15 of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1985 gives the Health and Safety Executive the power to approve suitable dosimetry services for the purpose of Regulations 13 (dose assessment), 14 (accident dosimetry) and 27 (contingency plans). Part 3 of notes for guidance for dosimetry services wishing to apply to the HSE for approval is presented. This describes those aspects which are relevant to co-ordination of inputs from contributing approved dosimetry services (ADS's) and record keeping of assessed doses. It sets out the functions of the co-ordinating ADS's, gives guidance on interpretation of dose quantities, specifies the minimum content of dose records and describes suitable types of dose record storage. Finally the basis on which HSE will assess a service for approval is outlined. (U.K.)

  10. Ionisation in atmospheres of Brown Dwarfs and extrasolar planets I The role of electron avalanche

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    Helling, Ch; Witte, S; Diver, D A

    2010-01-01

    Brown Dwarf and extrasolar planet atmospheres form clouds which strongly influence the local chemistry and physics. These clouds are globally neutral obeying dust-gas charge equilibrium which is, on short time scales, inconsistent with the observation of stochastic ionisation events of the solar system planets. We argue that a significant volume of the clouds in Brown Dwarfs and extrasolar planets is susceptible to local discharge events. These are electron avalanches triggered by charged dust grains. Such intra-cloud discharges occur on time scales shorter than the time needed to neutralise the dust grains by collisional processes. An ensemble of discharges is likely to produce enough free charges to suggest a partial and stochastic coupling of the atmosphere to a large-scale magnetic field.

  11. Use of ionising radiation in the teaching of physics and chemistry

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    The guide sets out the safety requirements for using radiation in school education and the principles under which radiation sources may be used without the safety licence referred to in section 16 of the Finnish Radiation Act (592/1991). It covers the use of radiation sources emitting ionizing radiation in comprehensive schools and high schools, and the use of radiation in the teaching of physics and chemistry at vocational training institutions and corresponding educational facilities. The radiation sources used at universities and other institutes of higher education are generally of such high activity and power that their use requires a safety licence. If radiation sources that are exempt from safety licensing are used at universities and other institutes of higher education, then their use may be arranged in accordance with this guide. The guide does not apply to electrically operated appliances generating ionising radiation at a voltage of less than 5000 volts

  12. Evidence for dust emission in the Warm Ionised Medium using WHAM data

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    Lagache, G; Reynolds, R J; Tufte, S L

    1999-01-01

    We have used the WHAM H_alpha survey and Leiden/Dwingeloo HI data to decompose the Far-infrared emission (from 100 to 1000 micron) at high Galactic latitude into components associated with the Warm Ionised Medium (WIM) and the Warm Neutral Medium (WNM). This decomposition is possible for the first time thanks to preliminary WHAM data that cover a significant fraction of the sky (about 10%). We confirm the first detection of dust emission from the WIM (Lagache et al. 1999) and show that the WIM dust temperature and emissivity are very similar to those in the WNM. The analysis suggests moreover that about 25% of the far-IR dust emission at high galactic latitude is uncorrelated with the HI gas. The decomposition again reveals a Cosmic Far-Infrared Background (CFIRB) which is determined for the first time from 100 to 1000 micron using two independant gas tracers.

  13. The risk of childhood leukaemia following exposure to ionising radiation—a review

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    Since the early years of follow-up of the Japanese atomic-bomb survivors, it has been apparent that childhood leukaemia has a particular sensitivity to induction by ionising radiation, the excess relative risk (ERR) being expressed as a temporal wave with time since exposure. This pattern has been generally confirmed by studies of children treated with radiotherapy. Case-control studies of childhood leukaemia and antenatal exposure to diagnostic x-rays, a recent large cohort study of leukaemia following CT examinations of young people, and a recent large case-control study of natural background γ-radiation and childhood leukaemia have found evidence of raised risks following low-level exposure. These findings indicate that an ERR/Sv for childhood leukaemia of ∼50, which may be derived from risk models based upon the Japanese atomic-bomb survivors, is broadly applicable to low dose or low dose-rate exposure circumstances. (paper)

  14. Chemical profile of mango (Mangifera indica L.) using electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry (ESI-MS).

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    Oliveira, Bruno G; Costa, Helber B; Ventura, José A; Kondratyuk, Tamara P; Barroso, Maria E S; Correia, Radigya M; Pimentel, Elisângela F; Pinto, Fernanda E; Endringer, Denise C; Romão, Wanderson

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    Mangifera indica L., mango fruit, is consumed as a dietary supplement with purported health benefits; it is widely used in the food industry. Herein, the chemical profile of the Ubá mango at four distinct maturation stages was evaluated during the process of growth and maturity using negative-ion mode electrospray ionisation Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (ESI(-)FT-ICR MS) and physicochemical characterisation analysis (total titratable acidity (TA), total soluble solids (TSS), TSS/TA ratio, and total polyphenolic content). Primary (organic acids and sugars) and secondary metabolites (polyphenolic compounds) were mostly identified in the third maturation stage, thus indicating the best stage for harvesting and consuming the fruit. In addition, the potential cancer chemoprevention of the secondary metabolites (phenolic extracts obtained from mango samples) was evaluated using the induction of quinone reductase activity, concluding that fruit polyphenols have the potential for cancer chemoprevention. PMID:26988473

  15. Electrifying atmospheres charging, ionisation and lightning in the solar system and beyond

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    Aplin, Karen L

    2013-01-01

    Electrical processes take place in all planetary atmospheres. There is evidence for lightning on Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, it is possible on Mars and Titan, and cosmic rays ionise every atmosphere, leading to charged droplets and particles. Controversy surrounds the role of atmospheric electricity in physical climate processes on Earth; here, a comparative approach is employed to review the role of electrification in the atmospheres of other planets and their moons. This book reviews the theory, and, where available, measurements, of planetary atmospheric electricity, taken to include ion production and ion-aerosol interactions. The conditions necessary for a global atmospheric electric circuit similar to Earth’s, and the likelihood of meeting these conditions in other planetary atmospheres, are briefly discussed. Atmospheric electrification is more important at planets receiving little solar radiation, increasing the relative significance of electrical forces. Nucleation onto atmospheric ...

  16. Burn-up determination of irradiated thoria samples by isotope dilution-thermal ionisation mass spectrometry

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    Burn-up was determined experimentally using thermal ionization mass spectrometry for two samples from ThO2 bundles irradiated in KAPS-2. This involved quantitative dissolution of the irradiated fuel samples followed by separation and determination of Th, U and a stable fission product burn-up monitor in the dissolved fuel solution. Stable fission product 148Nd was used as a burn-up monitor for determining the number of fissions. Isotope Dilution-Thermal Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (ID-TIMS) using natural U, 229Th and enriched 142Nd as spikes was employed for the determination of U, Th and Nd, respectively. Atom % fission values of 1.25 ± 0.03 were obtained for both the samples. 232U content in 233U determined by alpha spectrometry was about 500 ppm and this was higher by a factor of 5 compared to the theoretically predicted value by ORIGEN-2 code. (author)

  17. Penser aux/les limites de nos limites

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    Jacques Lévy

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Le mot « frontière » a beaucoup de succès, dans son sens propre mais plus encore comme métaphore d’une multitude de réalités qui ont à voir avec les limites, c’est-à-dire avec notre propension à découper le monde en objets séparables. Mais on constate une grande indétermination entre concept et métaphore et un usage trop facile de mélanges entre ceux-ci. Il faut donc d’abord admettre que la matérialité n’est qu’une des composantes de notre monde, mais que l’immatériel n’est pas l’irréel, le simulé ou le métaphorique. Après un détour par une théorie des limites et ses limites et une distinction entre le topographique (continu et le topologique (discontinu appliquée à l’intérieur et aux limites d’une aire, deux exemples sont développés qui visent à montrer que, si l’on trouve des frontières, ce n’est pas forcément là où on les attend et que l’appréciation juste de la place des frontières suppose la prise en compte de bien d’autres considérations que la seule limitation volontaire et brutale du franchissement d’une ligne imaginaire tracée au sol.Think about limits and the limits of our limitsThe word “boundary” has been very successful in its literal sense but even more so as a metaphor of a multitude of realities involving limits, that is, with regards to our tendency to divide the world into separable objects. However, one can observe a considerable uncertainty between the concept and the metaphor and an utilisation too easy of various mixtures of them. It becomes necessary therefore to first admit that materiality is only one of the components of our world whilst the immaterial is not unreal, simulated or metaphoric. After a detour consisting of examining a theory of limits and its limits and making the distinction between the topographic (continuous and the topologic (discontinuous applied to the interior and the limits of an area, two examples are developed which aim to

  18. A search for non-baryonic dark matter using an ionisation bolometer in the edelweiss experiment

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    The EDELWEISS experiment is an underground direct-detection search for hypothetical supersymmetric WIMPs that might solve the problem of dark matter. We have employed a cryogenic 70 g germanium ionisation bolometer, in which a WIMP would scatter elastically off a nucleus, creating both a heat and an ionisation signal. To offset the various electronic noises present in our necessarily small signals, we have s applied an optimal filtering technique in the frequency domain. This allows us to reach resolutions of 1.2 keV FWHM at 122 keV on north channels. It also provides good separation right down to low energies between the expected signal of nuclear recoils, and the photonic background of electron recoils which ionize more for a given energy. Calibration data show that we are able to reject 99.7 % of this background, while keeping 95% of the signal. However, our 1.17 kg.days of data searching for WIMPs show a third population encroaching on the expected signal. This is probably due to low energy photons or electrons interacting in the outer layers of the crystal, where charges are incompletely collected. Nevertheless, by trading off half of the conserved signal, we still manage to reject 98.5 % of the background. Thus the raw rate of 40 evts/d/kg/keV yields a conservative 90 % upper limit on the signal of 0.6 evts/d/kg/keV. This represents nearly a three orders of magnitude improvement for EDELWEISS, and puts the predicted supersymmetric phase space within two orders of magnitude. (author)

  19. Non-targeted effects of ionising radiation (NOTE) - European Integrated project, 2006-2010

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    The general objectives of the NOTE project are: (1) to investigate the mechanisms of non-targeted effects, in particular, bystander effects, genomic instability and adaptive response; (2) to investigate if and how non-targeted effects modulate the cancer risk in the low dose region, and whether they relate to protective or harmful functions; (3) to investigate if ionising radiation can cause non-cancer diseases or beneficial effects at low and intermediate doses; (4) to investigate individual susceptibility and other factors modifying non-targeted responses; (5) to assess the relevance of non-targeted effects for radiation protection and to set the scientific basis for a modern, more realistic, radiation safety system; (6) to contribute to the conceptualisation of a new paradigm in radiation biology that would cover both the classical direct (DNA-targeted) and non-targeted (indirect) effects. The NOTE brings together 20 major European and Canadian groups involved in the discovery, characterisation and mechanistic investigation of non-targeted effects of ionising radiation in cellular, tissue and animal models. The NOTE research activities are organised in six work packages. Four work packages (WPs 2-5) are problem-oriented, focussing on major questions relevant for the scientific basis of the system of radiation protection: WP2 Mechanisms of non-targeted effects, WP3 Non-cancer diseases, WP4 Factors modifying non-targeted responses, WP5 Modelling of non-targeted effects. The integration activities provided by WP6 strengthen the collaboration by supporting the access to infrastructures, mobility and training. WP7 provides dissemination and exploitation activities in the form of workshops and a public website. Managerial activities (WP1) ensure the organisation and structures for decision making, monitoring of progress, knowledge management and efficient flow of information and financing. Progress of the first two years of the project is described in this paper

  20. In vivo EPR dosimetry to quantify exposures to clinically significant doses of ionising radiation

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    As a result of terrorism, accident or war, populations potentially can be exposed to doses of ionising radiation that could cause direct clinical effects within days or weeks. There is a critical need to determine the magnitude of the exposure to individuals so that those with significant risk can have appropriate procedures initiated immediately, while those without a significant probability of acute effects can be reassured and removed from the need for further consideration in the medical/emergency system. It is extremely unlikely that adequate dosemeters will be worn by the potential victims, and it also will be unlikely that prompt and accurate dose reconstruction at the level of individuals will be possible. Therefore, there is a critical need for a method to measure the dose from radiation-induced effects that occur within the individual. In vivo EPR measurements of radiation-induced changes in the enamel of teeth is a method, perhaps the only such method, which can differentiate among doses sufficiently to classify individuals into categories for treatment with sufficient accuracy to facilitate decisions on medical treatment. In its current state, the in vivo EPR dosemeter can provide estimates of absorbed dose of ± 0.5 Gy in the range from 1 to >10 Gy. The lower limit and the precision are expected to improve, with improvements in the resonator and the algorithm for acquiring and calculating the dose. In its current state of development, the method is already sufficient for decision-making action for individuals with regard to acute effects from exposure to ionising radiation for most applications related to terrorism, accidents or nuclear warfare. (authors)

  1. Chemically modified carbon nanotubes as material enhanced laser desorption ionisation (MELDI) material in protein profiling

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    Biomarkers play a potential role in the early detection and diagnosis of a disease. Our aim is to derivatize carbon nanotubes for exploration of the differences in human body fluids e.g. serum, through matrix assisted laser desorption ionisation/time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI/TOF-MS) that can be related to disease and subsequently to be employed in the biomarker discovery process. This application we termed as the material enhanced laser desorption ionisation (MELDI). The versatility of this technology is meant to increase the amount of information from biological samples on the protein level, which will have a major impact to serve the cause of diagnostic markers. Serum peptides and proteins are immobilized on derivatized carbon nanotubes, which function as binding material. Protein-loaded suspension is placed on a stainless steel target or buckypaper on aluminum target for direct analysis with MALDI-MS. The elution method to wash the bound proteins from carbon nanotubes was employed to compare with the direct analysis procedure. Elution is carried out by MALDI matrix solution to get them out of the entangled nanotubes, which are difficult to desorb by laser due to the complex nanotube structures. The advantage of these optimized methods compared to the conventional screening methods is the improved sensitivity, selectivity and the short analysis time without prior albumin and immunoglobulin depletion. The comparison of similarly modified diamond and carbon nanotubes exhibit differences in their nature to bind the proteins out of serum due to the differences in their physical characteristics. Infrared (IR) spectroscopy provided hint for the presence of tertiary amine peak at the crucial chemical step of iminodiacetic acid addition to acid chloride functionality on carbon nanotubes. Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) was utilized to quantitatively measure the copper capacity of these derivatized carbon nanotubes which is a direct measure of capacity of

  2. Chemically modified carbon nanotubes as material enhanced laser desorption ionisation (MELDI) material in protein profiling

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    Najam-ul-Haq, M. [Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry, Leopold-Franzens University, Innrain 52a, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria); Rainer, M. [Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry, Leopold-Franzens University, Innrain 52a, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria); Schwarzenauer, T. [Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry, Leopold-Franzens University, Innrain 52a, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria); Huck, C.W. [Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry, Leopold-Franzens University, Innrain 52a, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria)]. E-mail: christian.w.huck@uibk.ac.at; Bonn, G.K. [Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry, Leopold-Franzens University, Innrain 52a, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria)

    2006-03-02

    Biomarkers play a potential role in the early detection and diagnosis of a disease. Our aim is to derivatize carbon nanotubes for exploration of the differences in human body fluids e.g. serum, through matrix assisted laser desorption ionisation/time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI/TOF-MS) that can be related to disease and subsequently to be employed in the biomarker discovery process. This application we termed as the material enhanced laser desorption ionisation (MELDI). The versatility of this technology is meant to increase the amount of information from biological samples on the protein level, which will have a major impact to serve the cause of diagnostic markers. Serum peptides and proteins are immobilized on derivatized carbon nanotubes, which function as binding material. Protein-loaded suspension is placed on a stainless steel target or buckypaper on aluminum target for direct analysis with MALDI-MS. The elution method to wash the bound proteins from carbon nanotubes was employed to compare with the direct analysis procedure. Elution is carried out by MALDI matrix solution to get them out of the entangled nanotubes, which are difficult to desorb by laser due to the complex nanotube structures. The advantage of these optimized methods compared to the conventional screening methods is the improved sensitivity, selectivity and the short analysis time without prior albumin and immunoglobulin depletion. The comparison of similarly modified diamond and carbon nanotubes exhibit differences in their nature to bind the proteins out of serum due to the differences in their physical characteristics. Infrared (IR) spectroscopy provided hint for the presence of tertiary amine peak at the crucial chemical step of iminodiacetic acid addition to acid chloride functionality on carbon nanotubes. Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) was utilized to quantitatively measure the copper capacity of these derivatized carbon nanotubes which is a direct measure of capacity of

  3. Application of Lithium Attachment Mass Spectrometry for Knudsen Evaporation and Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (KEMS, CIMS)

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    Bannan, Thomas; Booth, A. Murray; Alfarra, Rami; Bacak, Asan; Pericval, Carl

    2016-04-01

    Lithium ion attachment mass spectrometry provides a non-specific, non-fragmenting and sensitive method for detection of volatile species in the gas phase. The design, manufacture, and results from lithium ion attachment ionisation sources for two mass spectrometry systems are presented. Trace gas analysis is investigated using a modified Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer (CIMS) and vapour pressure (VP) measurements using a modified Knudsen Effusion Mass Spectrometer (KEMS) are presented. The Li+ modified CIMS provided limits of detection of 4 ppt for acetone, 0.2 ppt for formic acid, 15 ppt for nitric acid and 120 ppt from ammonia. Despite improvements, the problem of burnout remained persistent. The Li+ CIMS would unlikely be suitable for field or aircraft work, but could be appropriate for certain lab applications. The KEMS currently utilizes an electron impact (EI) ionisation source which provides a highly sensitive source, with the drawback of fragmentation of ionized molecules (Booth et al., 2009). Using Li+ KEMS the VP of samples can be measured without fragmentation and can therefore be used to identify VPs of individual components in mixtures. The validity of using Li+ for determining the VP of mixtures was tested by making single component VP measurements, which showed good agreement with EI measurements of Poly ethylene glycol (PEG) 3 and PEG 4, both when individually measured and when mixed. The Li+ KEMS was then used to investigate a system of atmospheric relevance, α-pinene secondary organic aerosol, generated in a reaction chamber (Alfarra et al., 2012). The VPs of the individual components from this generated sample are within the range we expect for compounds capable of partitioning between the particle and gas phase of an aerosol (0.1-10-5 Pa). Li+ source has a calculated sensitivity approximately 75 times less than that of EI, but the lack of fragmentation using the Li+ source is a significant advantage.

  4. Response of the Nrf2 protection system in human monocytic cells after ionising irradiation

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    In response to reactive oxygen species (ROS) or electrophiles, the transcription factor nuclear factor-erythroid 2 (NF-E2)-related factor 2 (Nrf2) rapidly trans-locates into the nucleus and induces the expression of various antioxidant genes, such as heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1). Low linear energy transfer (LET) ionising radiations such as X-rays generate ROS, which cause biological damage. However, little is known about whether the Nrf2 system in human monocytic cells is activated by low LET ionising irradiation. Therefore, in this study, the response of the Nrf2 system to X-irradiation in human monocytic THP1 cells was investigated. Following exposure of THP1 cells to X-rays (1-5 Gy), intracellular ROS levels were measured using 2',7'-dichlorodihydro-fluorescein diacetate, Nrf2 localisation was determined using immunofluorescence staining and HO-1 mRNA and protein expression were examined. Although ROS were generated by irradiation in a dose-dependent manner, they disappeared immediately after irradiation. Nrf2 translocation into the nucleus was observed 6 h after 5 Gy X irradiation but was not detected following 1-2 Gy irradiation or in non-irradiated controls. HO-1 expression was significantly higher in 5 Gy-irradiated cells after 24 h than in non-irradiated controls. These results indicate that high-dose irradiation (5 Gy) activates Nrf2 and that the Nrf2 protection system may function from 24 h after irradiation in human monocytic cells. (authors)

  5. EPR spectroscopy for the detection of foods treated with ionising radiation

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    The advantage of electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR or ESR) as a tool for the control of irradiated food lies in its sensitivity and accuracy. Ionising radiation produces, in irradiated materials, paramagnetic species of different kinds, i.e. radicals, radical-ions and paramagnetic centres, which can be measured by EPR but most of them are not stable enough to be used for the detection of irradiation. It is because radiation-induced paramagnetic species are thermodynamically less stable than surrounding molecules and take part in fast radiolytic reactions leading to the formation of final diamagnetic products that they are not detectable by the EPR method. Most of organic radicals produced by radiation in the liquid phase ae unstable but if the unpaired electron is incorporated into the complex polymeric system as in peptides and polysaccharides and is structurally isolated from the water, its stability is markedly increased. Since 1954 it is known that ionising radiation produces paramagnetic entities in biological materials, cells and tissues and some are stable enough to be observed by EPR spectroscopy at room temperature. The present paper describes and discusses that part of results obtained by this group during the period of ADMIT activity (1989-94) which are original and may be useful to those who will be working in the near future on the development of uniform control systems for the detection of irradiated food. The intention was to focus attention on these facts and data which influence the certainty of the detection in both positive and negative manner. (author)

  6. La résistance des insectes aux insecticides : problématique et enjeux en Afrique centrale

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    Brévault, Thierry; Beyo, Jacques; Nibouche, Samuel; Vaissayre, Maurice

    2003-01-01

    Les observations indiquent que des cas de résistance aux insecticides sont apparus dans la zone des savanes d'Afrique centrale chez plusieurs espèces de ravageurs des cultures cotonnière et maraîchères. La résistance aux insecticides de la famille des pyréthrinoïdes mise en évidence chez la noctuelle, Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner), en Afrique de l'ouest semble désormais concerner l'Afrique centrale. Au Cameroun, les résultats obtenus au laboratoire confirment l'apparition d'une résistance aux...

  7. Toibibou, Ali Mohamed. — La transmission de l’Islam aux Comores

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    Hecquet, Vincent

    2012-01-01

    Ce livre décrit les institutions musulmanes aux Comores à partir d’une étude centrée sur la ville de Mbéni, qui est l’un des principaux centres religieux de l’archipel. Aux Comores, la quasi-totalité des 706 000 habitants partage la foi musulmane depuis que celle-ci y a été propagée entre le XIe et le XVIe siècles. Située sur la côte nord-est de la Grande-Comore, Mbéni est une ville de 6 500 habitants à environ soixante-quinze kilomètres de Moroni. Au XIXe siècle, deux étudiants originaires d...

  8. Le Carnaval de Schignano : un dernier salut aux émigrants

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    Cristina Del Biaggio

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Pour arriver à Schignano, il faut passer par una cürva al giazz e una cürva al suu [Un virage dans la glace et un virage au soleil], comme disent les mots en dialecte d’une récente chanson écrite par Davide Van De Sfroos, compositeur-interprète de la région. C’est dans ce petit hameau de la Vallée d’Intelvi, au-dessus du Lac de Côme, que, tous les ans, le carnaval anime le village. Une fête populaire spontanée, sans règles écrites, ni lois, qui survit grâce aux habitants qui l’animent, aux ar...

  9. Résistance génétique des petits ruminants aux helminthes en Afrique

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    Certaines races locales de ruminants présentent des aptitudes génétiques particulières à résister et/ou à tolérer les parasites internes. Cet article passe en revue les données encore éparses existant sur les variabilité intra et inter-races de la résistance aux helminthes des bovins, ovins et caprins, et décrit plus précisément les projets de recherches de l’International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) en matière de résistance génétique aux nématodes gastro-intestinaux des petits rumina...

  10. T0002 / MilliNewton / Erreurs dues à l'orientation et aux forces latérales

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    Maeder, Thomas

    2004-01-01

    Le capteur de force MilliNewton est sensible aux forces latérales, dans le sens longitudinal à la poutre. Le degré de sensibilité du capteur à ces forces dépend essentiellement de la taille de la bille et de la longueur de la poutre. En revanche, la sensibilité aux forces latérales perpendiculaires à la poutre est très faible.

  11. Report of transparency and nuclear safety 2007 CEA Fontenay aux Roses

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    This report presents the activities of the CEA Center of Fontenay aux roses for the year 2007. After many years of decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear installations, the Center is now devoted (since 2005) to the development of research programmes on biology and biomedical technologies. The actions concerning the safety, the radiation protection, the significant events, the release control and the environmental impacts and the wastes stored on the center are discussed. (A.L.B.)

  12. Disruptions in AUX1-Dependent Auxin Influx Alter Hypocotyl Phototropism in Arabidopsis

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    Bethany B.Stone; Emily L.Stowe-Evans; Reneé M.Harper; R.Brandon Celaya; Karin Ljung; G(o)ran Sandberg; Emmanuel Liscum

    2008-01-01

    Phototropism represents a differential growth response by which plant organs can respond adaptively to changes in the direction of incident light to optimize leaf/stem positioning for photosynthetic light capture and root growth orientation for water/nutrient acquisition. Studies over the past few years have identified a number of components in the signaling pathway(s) leading to development of phototropic curvatures in hypocotyls. These include the phototropin photoreceptors (phot1 and phot2) that perceive directional blue-light (BL) cues and then stimulate signaling,leading to relocalization of the plant hormone auxin, as well as the auxin response factor NPH4/ARF7 that responds to changes in local auxin concentrations to directly mediate expression of genes likely encoding proteins necessary for development of phototropic curvatures. While null mutations in NPH4/ARF7 condition an aphototropic response to unidirectional BL, seedlings carrying the same mutations recover BL-dependent phototropic responsiveness if coirradiated with red light (RL) or pre-treated with either ethylene. In the present study, we identify second-site enhancer mutations in the nph4 background that abrogate these recovery responses. One of these mutations-map1 ((m)odifier of (a)rf7 (p)henotypes (1))-was found to represent a missense allele of AUX1-a gene encoding a high-affinity auxin influx carrier previously associated with a number of root responses. Pharmocological studies and analyses of additional aux1 mutants confirmed that AUX1 functions as a modulator of hypocotyl phototropism. Moreover, we have found that the strength of dependence of hypocotyl phototropism on AUX1-mediated auxin influx is directly related to the auxin responsiveness of the seedling in question.

  13. Eddy covariance flux measurements of ammonia by high temperature chemical ionisation mass spectrometry

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    J. Sintermann

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available A system for fast ammonia (NH3 measurements with chemical ionisation mass spectrometry (CIMS based on a commercial Proton Transfer Reaction-Mass Spectrometer (PTR-MS is presented. It uses electron transfer reaction as ionisation pathway and features a drift tube of polyetheretherketone (PEEK and silica-coated steel. Heating the instrumental inlet and the drift tube to 180 °C enabled an effective time resolution of ~1 s and made it possible to apply the instrument for eddy covariance (EC measurements. EC fluxes of NH3 were measured over two agricultural fields in Oensingen, Switzerland, following fertilisations with cattle slurry. Air was aspirated close to a sonic anemometer at a flow of 100 STP L min−1 and was directed through a 23 m long 1/2" PFA tube heated to 150 °C to an air-conditioned trailer where the gas was sub-sampled from the large bypass stream. This setup minimised damping of fast NH3 concentration changes between the sampling point and the actual measurement. High-frequency attenuation loss of the NH3 fluxes of 20 to 40% was quantified and corrected for using an empirical ogive method. The instrumental NH3 background signal showed a minor interference with H2O which was characterised in the laboratory. The resulting correction of the NH3 flux after slurry spreading was less than 1‰. The flux detection limit of the EC system was about 5 ng m−2 s−1 while the accuracy of individual flux measurements was estimated 16% for the high-flux regime during these experiments. The NH3 emissions after broad spreading of the slurry showed an initial maximum of 150 μg m−2 s−1 with a fast decline in the following hours.

  14. Non-targeted effects of ionising radiation (note). A new European integrated project, 2006-2010

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    Complete text of publication follows. The general objectives of the NOTE project are: (1) to investigate the mechanisms of nontargeted effects, in particular, bystander effects, genomic instability and adaptive response; (2) to investigate if and how non-targeted effects modulate the cancer risk in the low dose region, and whether they relate to protective or harmful functions; (3) to investigate if ionising radiation can cause non-cancer diseases or beneficial effects at low and intermediate doses; (4) to investigate individual susceptibility and other factors modifying non-targeted responses; (5) to assess the relevance of non-targeted effects for radiation protection and to set the scientific basis for a modern, more realistic, radiation safety system; (6) to contribute to the conceptualisation of a new paradigm in radiation biology that would cover both the classical direct (DNA-targeted) and non-targeted (indirect) effects. The NOTE brings together 19 major European and Canadian groups involved in the discovery, characterisation and mechanistic investigation of non-targeted effects of ionising radiation in cellular, tissue and animal models. The NOTE research activities are organised in six work packages. Four work packages (WPs 2-5) are problem-oriented, focussing on major questions relevant for the scientific basis of the system of radiation protection: WP2 Mechanisms of non-targeted effects, WP3 Non-cancer diseases, WP4 Factors modifying non-targeted responses, WP5 Modelling of non-targeted effects. The integration activities provided by WP6 strengthen the collaboration by supporting the access to infrastructures, mobility and training. WP7 provides dissemination and exploitation activities in the form of workshops and a public website. Managerial activities (WP1) ensure the organisation and structures for decision making, monitoring of progress, knowledge management and efficient flow of information and financing. Coordinator of the NOTE project is Prof

  15. Nuclear and cytoplasmic signalling in the cellular response to ionising radiation

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    DNA is the universal primary target for ionising radiation; however, the cellular response is highly diversified not only by differential DNA repair ability. The monitoring system for the ionising radiation-inflicted DNA damage consists of 3 apparently independently acting enzymes which are activated by DNA breaks: two protein kinases, ATM (ataxia telangiectasia mutated) and DNA-PK (DNA-dependent protein kinase) and a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase, PARP-1. These 3 enzymes are the source of alarm signals, which affect to various extents DNA repair, progression through the cell cycle and eventually the pathway to cell death. Their functions probably are partly overlapping. On the side of DNA repair their role consists in recruiting and/or activating the repair enzymes, as well as preventing illegitimate recombination of the damaged sites. A large part of the nuclear signalling pathway, including the integrating role of TP53 has been revealed. Two main signalling pathways start at the plasma membrane: the MAPK/ERK (mitogen and extracellular signal regulated protein kinase family) 'survival pathway' and the SAPK/JNK (stress-activated protein kinase/c-Jun N-terminal kinase) 'cell death pathway'. The balance between them is likely to determine the cell's fate. An additional important 'survival pathway' starts at the insulin-like growth factor type I receptor (IGF-IR), involves phosphoinositide- 3 kinase and Akt kinase and is targeted at inactivation of the pro-apoptotic BAD protein. Interestingly, over-expression of IGF-IR almost entirely abrogates the extreme radiation sensitivity of ataxia telangiectasia cells. When DNA break rejoining is impaired, the cell is unconditionally radiation sensitive. The fate of a repair-competent cell is determined by the time factor: the cell cycle arrest should be long enough to ensure the completion of repair. Incomplete repair or misrepair may be tolerated, when generation of the death signal is prevented. So, the character and timing

  16. Uncertainties in measurement of 90Y and 177Lu activities in an ionisation chamber

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    Full text of publication follows. Accurate measurement of administered activity is essential in radionuclide therapy. However, this can be difficult to perform using a standard ionisation chamber, particularly with beta emitting radionuclides where measurements are greatly affected by the type of container (e.g. glass vial vs plastic syringe) in which the activity is contained, as well as the shape and volume of the sample. Methods: All measurements were taken with one of two ionisation chambers of the same model (Capintec CRC-15R). Shipments were received from two different suppliers of 90Y (Polatom; Eckert-Ziegler-EZ) and two suppliers of 177Lu (ITG Munich; Advanced Accelerator Applications-AAA). The quantities of 90Y varied from 2.5-7.4 GBq and of 177Lu from 3.3-8.4 GBq. The calibration factors used to make measurements in the glass vials supplied were 62*10 for 90Y and 450*10 for 177Lu. A reference sample of 177Lu was sent to the UK National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, for absolute calibration. Results: Compared to the manufacturer's calibration, the activities received were (88±23%) for Polatom 90Y (n=7), (103±5%) for EZ 90Y (n=56), (94±2%) for ITG 177Lu (n=93) and (112±5%) for AAA 177Lu (n=14). The large variation in measurements on Polatom 90Y was due to one shipment at 36%; without that value the mean was (96±4%) (n=6). With AAA 177Lu there was a step change during the process with the initial shipments reading significantly higher than the later ones: (115±1%) (n=10) vs (105±4%) (n=4). With 90Y a different calibration factor was required for doses drawn into syringes (49*10), whereas with 177Lu the same value could be used; this is presumably due to the contribution of the gamma emissions of 177Lu. Cross calibration with the national metrology institute showed that our measurements were within about 1% of the accepted value for 177Lu. Conclusions: Accurate measurement of beta emitters used in radionuclide therapy requires careful attention

  17. Characterisation of tryptic peptides of phosphorylated tyrosine hydroxylase by high-pressure liquid chromatography electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry

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    Graham, Mark E. [Molecular Structure and Detection Group, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308 (Australia); Dickson, Phillip W. [School of Biomedical Science, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308 (Australia); Dunkley, Peter R. [School of Biomedical Science, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308 (Australia); Nagy-Felsobuki, Ellak I. von [Molecular Structure and Detection Group, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308 (Australia)]. E-mail: ellak@newcastle.edu.au

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    Tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) is involved in the biosynthesis of catecholamines and is activated by phosphorylation. Phosphorylated TH was analysed using high-pressure liquid chromatography combined with electrospray mass spectrometry (HPLC ESI-MS). Two mass scanning methods were used to detect tryptic cleavage products of TH. In the positive electrospray ionisation mode (ESI+), the peptides that contain the phosphorylation sites of TH were identified. In the alternative method, a phosphopeptide was detected in the negative electrospray ionisation mode (ESI-) using single ion monitoring in combination with a sequential ESI+ switching experiment. A raised baseline interfered with detection of hydrophilic peptides in ESI-, with the signal-to-noise ratio indicating that the method was operating near the limit of detection for a conventional electrospray source. The switching method improved the certainty of identification of phosphopeptides.

  18. Characterisation of tryptic peptides of phosphorylated tyrosine hydroxylase by high-pressure liquid chromatography electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry

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    Tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) is involved in the biosynthesis of catecholamines and is activated by phosphorylation. Phosphorylated TH was analysed using high-pressure liquid chromatography combined with electrospray mass spectrometry (HPLC ESI-MS). Two mass scanning methods were used to detect tryptic cleavage products of TH. In the positive electrospray ionisation mode (ESI+), the peptides that contain the phosphorylation sites of TH were identified. In the alternative method, a phosphopeptide was detected in the negative electrospray ionisation mode (ESI-) using single ion monitoring in combination with a sequential ESI+ switching experiment. A raised baseline interfered with detection of hydrophilic peptides in ESI-, with the signal-to-noise ratio indicating that the method was operating near the limit of detection for a conventional electrospray source. The switching method improved the certainty of identification of phosphopeptides

  19. On the origin and fate of ionised-gas in early-type galaxies: the SAURON perspective

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    Sarzi, M; Cappellari, M; Davies, R L; Emsellem, E; Falcon-Barroso, J; Krajnovic, D; Kuntschner, H; McDermid, R M; Peletier, R F; De Zeeuw, T; De van Ven, G

    2006-01-01

    By detecting ionised-gas emission in 75% of the cases, the SAURON integral-field spectroscopic survey has further demonstrated that early-type galaxies often display nebular emission. Furthermore, the SAURON data have shown that such emission comes with an intriguing variety of morphologies, kinematic behaviours and line ratios. Perhaps most puzzling was the finding that round and slowly rotating objects generally display uncorrelated stellar and gaseous angular momenta, consistent with an external origin for the gas, whereas flatter and fast rotating galaxies host preferentially co-rotating gas and stars, suggesting internal production of gas. Alternatively, a bias against the internal production of ionised gas and against the acquisition of retrograde material may be present in these two kinds of objects, respectively. In light of the different content of hot gas in these systems, with slowly rotating objects being the only systems capable of hosting massive X-ray halos, we suggest that a varying importance...

  20. High-performance liquid chromatographic, capillary electrophoretic and capillary electrophoretic-electrospray ionisation mass spectrometric analysis of selected alkaloid groups.

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    Stöckigt, Joachim; Sheludk, Yuri; Unger, Matthias; Gerasimenko, Irina; Warzecha, Heribert; Stöckigt, Detlef

    2002-08-16

    Systems for efficient separation of selected alkaloid groups by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), capillary electrophoresis (CE) and capillary electrophoresis coupled with electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry (CE-ESI-MS) are described. The optimized HPLC system was applied for the separation of 23 standard indole alkaloids as well as for qualitative and quantitative analyses of crude alkaloid extracts of Rauvolfia serpentina X Rhazya stricta hybrid cell cultures. The developed conditions for CE analysis proved to be efficient for separation of mixtures of standard indole and beta-carboline alkaloids. The described buffer system is also applicable in the combination of CE with electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry. This analytical technique allowed the separation and identification of components of standard indole alkaloid mixture as well as crude extracts of R. serpentina roots, R. serpentina cell suspension cultures and cortex of Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco. The influence of buffer composition and analyte structures on separation is discussed. PMID:12219932

  1. Risk of cancer from occupational exposure to ionising radiation: retrospective cohort study of workers in France, the United Kingdom, and the United States (INWORKS)

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    Richardson, David B.; Cardis, Elisabeth; Daniels, Robert D; Gillies, Michael; O’Hagan, Jacqueline A; Hamra, Ghassan B.; Haylock, Richard; Laurier, Dominique; Leuraud, Klervi; MOISSONNIER, Monika; Schubauer-Berigan, Mary K.; Thierry-Chef, Isabelle; Kesminiene, Ausrele

    2015-01-01

    Study question Is protracted exposure to low doses of ionising radiation associated with an increased risk of solid cancer? Methods In this cohort study, 308 297 workers in the nuclear industry from France, the United Kingdom, and the United States with detailed monitoring data for external exposure to ionising radiation were linked to death registries. Excess relative rate per Gy of radiation dose for mortality from cancer was estimated. Follow-up encompassed 8.2 million person years. Of 66 ...

  2. Determination of percentage 235U in depleted uranium by combination of gamma spectrometry and potentiometry and comparison with thermal ionisation mass spectrometry

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    A gamma ray spectrometric method has been developed for the determination of percentage 235U in the depleted uranium samples. The concentration of 235U was determined by gamma spectrometry while that of total uranium by potentiometry. The values compared well with those obtained by thermal ionisation mass spectrometry. A value of 0.614± 0.006 and 0.617 ± 005 were obtained by gamma spectrometry and thermal ionisation mass spectrometry respectively for a set of ten measurements. (author)

  3. The use of an Electron Beam Ion Trap (EBIT) to measure electron impact ionisation cross-sections for highly charged argon ions

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    A new technique for measuring electron impact ionisation cross-sections using an EBIT is presented. The method involves determining the charge distribution of ions extracted from the trap after well defined confinement times. Analysis of the onsets for the appearance of particular charge states in the trap gives ionisation rates which may be converted, under appropriate conditions, to relative cross-sections without theoretical input. The method has been used to make measurements for Ar15+, Ar16+ and Ar17+. (author)

  4. Numerical and Experimental Investigations of the Flow Field of Ionised Gases with Applications to High-Performance Electronics and Oil Shale Gasification

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    Al-Amayreh, Malik

    2013-01-01

    This thesis investigates two new applications of flow field ionised gases. The first application involves coupled electromagnetic and aerothermodynamic phenomena in an electrical contactor chamber. I studied a new blowout technique to control the speed of the flow. With this new blowout technique, the ionised gases can be generated between the electrodes to feed the coils with current. I observed that the recovery time for the case of higher current is less than that of the following low curr...

  5. Spin-tagged electron-hydrogen scattering: new measurements of ionisation asymmetries from threshold to 500 eV

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    Crowe, D.M.; Guo, X.Q.; Lubell, M.S. (City Coll., New York, NY (USA). Dept. of Physics); Slevin, J. (Saint Patrick' s Coll., Maynooth (Ireland)); Eminyan, M. (Paris-7 Univ., 75 (France))

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    Using beams of polarised electrons and polarised hydrogen atoms we measured the spin antiparallel-parallel ionisation asymmetry from threshold to 500eV. Our measurements are generally more precise than those of earlier studies and, more significantly, are characterised by an energy spread that is at least an order of magnitude smaller than that of the earlier work. We compare our results with several theoretical models as well as with the results from similar experiments using polarised alkali atoms. (author).

  6. Spin-tagged electron-hydrogen scattering: new measurements of ionisation asymmetries from threshold to 500 eV

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    Using beams of polarised electrons and polarised hydrogen atoms we measured the spin antiparallel-parallel ionisation asymmetry from threshold to 500eV. Our measurements are generally more precise than those of earlier studies and, more significantly, are characterised by an energy spread that is at least an order of magnitude smaller than that of the earlier work. We compare our results with several theoretical models as well as with the results from similar experiments using polarised alkali atoms. (author)

  7. Brain Radiation Information Data Exchange (BRIDE): integration of experimental data from low-dose ionising radiation research for pathway discovery

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    Karapiperis, Christos; Kempf, Stefan J.; Quintens, Roel; Azimzadeh, Omid; Vidal, Victoria Linares; Pazzaglia, Simonetta; Bazyka, Dimitry; Mastroberardino, Pier G.; Scouras, Zacharias G.; Tapio, Soile; BENOTMANE, MOHAMMED ABDERRAFI; Ouzounis, Christos A

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    Background The underlying molecular processes representing stress responses to low-dose ionising radiation (LDIR) in mammals are just beginning to be understood. In particular, LDIR effects on the brain and their possible association with neurodegenerative disease are currently being explored using omics technologies. Results We describe a light-weight approach for the storage, analysis and distribution of relevant LDIR omics datasets. The data integration platform, called BRIDE, contains inf...

  8. Characterisation of exposure to non-ionising electromagnetic fields in the Spanish INMA birth cohort: study protocol

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    Gallastegi, Mara; Guxens, Mònica; Jiménez-Zabala, Ana; Calvente, Irene; Fernández, Marta; Birks, Laura; Struchen, Benjamin; Vrijheid, Martine; Estarlich, Marisa; Fernandez, Mariana; Torrent, Maties; Ballester, Ferran; Aurrekoetxea, Juan José; Ibarluzea, Jesús; Guerra, David

    2016-01-01

    textabstractBackground: Analysis of the association between exposure to electromagnetic fields of non-ionising radiation (EMF-NIR) and health in children and adolescents is hindered by the limited availability of data, mainly due to the difficulties on the exposure assessment. This study protocol describes the methodologies used for characterising exposure of children to EMF-NIR in the INMA (INfancia y Medio Ambiente- Environment and Childhood) Project, a prospective cohort study. Methods/Des...

  9. Structural classification of Quillaja saponins by electrospray ionisation ion trap multiple-stage mass spectrometry in combination with multivariate analysis

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    Bankefors, Johan

    2006-01-01

    This thesis describes methods for structural classification of Quillaja saponins with electrospray ionisation ion trap multiple-stage mass spectrometry, in combination with multivariate analysis. The mass spectrometry method was optimised by the use of design of experiments. 47 of previously reported Quillaja saponins from the chromatographic fractions QH-A, QH-B, and QH-C have been investigated. MS1-MS3 spectra were analysed by multivariate methods such as PCA and PLS-DA. Fragmentation of sa...

  10. On magnetospheric electron impact ionisation and dynamics in Titan's ram-side and polar ionosphere – a Cassini case study

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    Lewis, G. R.; Coates, A. J.; Waite Jr, J. H.; Yelle, R. V.; Cravens, T. E.; Kurth, W.S.; Canu, P.; Müller-Wodarg, I.; M. Galand; Lummerzheim, D.; Modolo, R.; J.-E. Wahlund; Agren, K.; Young, D. T.; Bertucci, C.

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    International audience We present data from the sixth Cassini flyby of Titan (T5), showing that the magnetosphere of Saturn strongly interacts with the moon's ionosphere and exo-ionosphere. A simple electron ionisation model provides a reasonable agreement with the altitude structure of the ionosphere. Furthermore, we suggest that the dense and cold exo-ionosphere (from the exobase at 1430 km and outward to several Titan radii from the surface) can be explained by magnetospheric forcing an...

  11. Ionising energy treatment for fresh horticultural produce -mandarins and other produce, Trials 1 and 2, May-July 1987

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    Two trials are described on the effect of ionising energy treatment, or irradiation, on the quality, shelf-life and composition of fresh produce, mainly at doses consistent with disinfestation treatment for quarantine purposes. Trial 1, carried out in May 1987, deals with replicated treatments of Imperial mandarins and preliminary observation treatments on a range of other produce. Trial 2 deals with replicated treatments of Ellendale mandarins and preliminary observation treatments on other produce

  12. A value-critical assessment of the policy construction of hazard and risk for the safe use of ionising radiation

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    This paper presents a critique of the concept of ionising radiation safety policy from value perspectives that differ from those of the rationalist scientific. It attempts to present a social interpretation of the constitution of the present methods of policy composition that are primarily based on a conservative, orthodox, scientific paradigm. A modification of this process is then offered to integrate social discourse into the policy construction without compromising the value of the scientific input. 6 refs

  13. Methods for structural characterisation of Quillaja saponins by electrospray ionisation ion trap multiple-stage mass spectrometry

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    Bankefors, Johan

    2008-01-01

    This thesis describes methods for structural classification of Quillaja saponins based on high performance liquid chromatography hyphenated electrospray ionisation ion trap multiple-stage mass spectrometry, in combination with multivariate analysis. Quillaja saponins from the chromatographic fractions QH-A, QH-B, and QH-C as well as crude bark extract have been investigated. MS1-MS3 spectra in positive ion mode were analysed by multivariate methods such as PCA and PLS-DA. Fragmentation of sap...

  14. The formation and evolution of reconnection-driven slow-mode shocks in a partially ionised plasma

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    Hillier, Andrew; Takasao, Shinsuke; Nakamura, Naoki

    2016-01-01

    The role of slow-mode MHD shocks in magnetic reconnection is one of great importance for energy conversion and transport, but in many astrophysical plasmas the plasma is not fully ionised. In this paper, we investigate, using numerical simulations, the role of collisional coupling between a proton-electron charge-neutral fluid and a neutral hydrogen fluid for the 1D Riemann problem initiated in a constant pressure and density background state by a discontinuity in the magnetic field. This sys...

  15. Transfert de rayonnement hors ETL pour l'étude des photosphères et des chromosphères stellaires : applications aux atomes du magnésium, du calcium et du fer dans les étoiles tardives.

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    Merle, Thibault

    2012-01-01

    The stellar abundance analysis frequently relies on the local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) assumption for spectral line formation. This assumption is not always appropriate, in particular, for metal-poor and/or evolved stars. To better understand these stars and contrain their impacts in the chemical enrichment of the Galaxy, it is necessary to use a non-LTE (NLTE) description more realistic but also more complex to built up. My thesis work consisted in constructing model atoms from the mo...

  16. Formation of 2-propanol in condensed molecular films of acetaldehyde following electron impact ionisation-induced proton transfer*

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    Borrmann, Tobias; Swiderek, Petra

    2016-06-01

    Experimental studies on thin condensed layers of acetaldehyde have previously revealed that electron exposure at an energy above the ionisation threshold leads to formation of 2-propanol. However, the mechanism of this reaction remained unclear. Therefore, a computational approach is used to explore the electron-induced reactions of acetaldehyde yielding 2-propanol. Starting from hydrogen-bonded dimers of acetaldehyde we show that the initial ionisation event triggers proton transfer between the two acetaldehyde moieties resulting in a hydrogen-bonded complex of a [OCCH3] radical and a protonated acetaldehyde cation. Given an excess energy of up to 0.75 eV and a favourable arrangement, a methyl radical released upon dissociation of the CC bond within the [OCCH3] radical can migrate to the carbonyl carbon of the protonated acetaldehyde cation. This produces a 2-propanol radical cation and CO. Neutral 2-propanol is then obtained by recombination with a second electron. A mechanism involving ionisation-driven proton transfer is thus proposed as pathway to the formation of 2-propanol during electron exposure of condensed layers of acetaldehyde.

  17. Simulation and measurements of the response of an air ionisation chamber exposed to a mixed high-energy radiation field

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    CERN's radiation protection group operates a network of simple and robust ionisation chambers that are installed inside CERN's accelerator tunnels. These ionisation chambers are used for the remote reading of ambient dose rate equivalents inside the machines during beam-off periods. This Radiation Protection Monitor for dose rates due to Induced Radioactivity ('PMI', trade name: PTW, Type 34031) is a non-confined air ionisation plastic chamber which is operated under atmospheric pressure. Besides its current field of operation it is planned to extend the use of this detector in the Large Hadron Collider to measure radiation under beam operation conditions to obtain an indication of the machine performance. Until now, studies of the PMI detector have been limited to the response to photons. In order to evaluate its response to other radiation components, this chamber type was tested at CERF, the high-energy reference field facility at CERN. Six PMI detectors were installed around a copper target being irradiated by a mixed hadron beam with a momentum of 120 GeV c-1. Each of the chosen detector positions was defined by a different radiation field, varying in type and energy of the incident particles. For all positions, detailed measurements and FLUKA simulations of the detector response were performed. This paper presents the promising comparison between the measurements and simulations and analyses the influence of the different particle types on the resulting detector response. (authors)

  18. Molecular mechanisms of plant response to ionising radiation. Exploration of the glucosinolate role in the anti-oxidative response

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    Terrestrial organisms are exposed to low doses of ionising radiation from natural or anthropogenic sources. The major effects of the radiations are due to DNA deterioration and water radiolysis which generates an oxidative stress by free radical production. Plants constitute good models to study the effects of ionising radiations and the search of antioxidant molecules because of their important secondary metabolism. Thus this thesis, funded by the Brittany region, characterized the physiological and molecular response of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana to low (10 Gy) and moderate (40 Gy) doses of ionising radiation, and was therefore interested in glucosinolates, characteristic compounds of the Brassicaceae family. The global proteomic and transcriptomic studies carried out on this model revealed (1) a common response for both doses dealing with the activation of DNA repair mechanisms, cell cycle regulation and protection of cellular structures; (2) an adjustment of the energetic metabolism and an activation of secondary compounds biosynthesis (i.e. glucosinolates and flavonoids) after the 10 Gy dose; (3) an induction of enzymatic control of ROS, the regulation of cellular components recycling and of programmed cell death after the 40 Gy dose. The potential anti-oxidative role of glucosinolates was then explored. The in vitro anti-oxidative power of some glucosinolates and their derivative products were demonstrated. Their modulating effects against irradiation-induced damages were then tested in vivo by simple experimental approaches. The importance of the glucosinolate level to give a positive or negative effect was demonstrated. (author)

  19. Mapping the ionised gas around the luminous QSO HE 1029-1401: Evidence for minor merger events?

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    Husemann, B; Wisotzki, L; Jahnke, K; Kupko, D; Nugroho, D; Schramm, M

    2010-01-01

    We present VIMOS integral field spectroscopy of the brightest radio-quiet QSO on the southern sky HE 1029-1401 at a redshift of z=0.086. Standard decomposition techniques for broad-band imaging are extended to integral field data in order to deblend the QSO and host emission. We perform a tentative analysis of the stellar continuum finding a young stellar population (<100Myr) or a featureless continuum embedded in an old stellar population (10Gyr) typical for a massive elliptical galaxy. The stellar velocity dispersion of sigma_*=320\\pm90 km/s and the estimated black hole mass log(M_BH/M_sun)=8.7\\pm0.3 are consistent with the local M_BH-sigma_* relation within the errors. For the first time we map the two-dimensional ionised gas distribution and the gas velocity field around HE 1029-1401. While the stellar host morphology is purely elliptical we find a highly structured distribution of ionised gas out to 16 kpc from the QSO. The gas is highly ionised solely by the QSO radiation and has a significantly lowe...

  20. Rapid and simultaneous determination of polychlorinated biphenyls and their main metabolites (hydroxylated and methyl sulfonyl) by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry: Comparison of different ionisation modes

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    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •Simultaneous determination of PCB, OH-PCBs and MeSO2-PCBs in a single GC–MS run. •Two different ionisation modes (EI and ECNI) are studied and compared. •The analytical characterisation of both methods is satisfactory. •Better LODs are achieved using ECNI-MS as ionisation mode. •The developed methodology is successfully applied to fish liver oil. -- Abstract: Instrumental methods based on gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC–MS) have been developed and compared using two different MS ionisation modes, electron impact (EI) and electron capture negative ionisation (ECNI), for the fast, quantitative and simultaneous determination of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and their main metabolites (hydroxylated PCBs, OH-PCBs, and methyl sulfone PCBs, MeSO2-PCBs). Parameters affecting chromatographic separation and MS detection were evaluated in order to achieve the highest selectivity and sensitivity for both operation modes. The analytical characteristics of the developed methods were studied and compared in terms of linear range, limits of detection (LODs), limits of quantification (LOQs), and instrumental precision (repeatability and intermediate precision). Both ionisation methods showed similar precision, being relative standard deviations (RSD, %) lower than 9% and 14% for repeatability and intermediate precision, respectively. However, better LODs (from 0.01 to 0.14 pg injected for the three families of congeners studied) were achieved using ECNI-MS as ionisation mode. The suitability of the developed method was demonstrated through their application to fish liver oil samples

  1. Xpg limits the expansion of haematopoietic stem and progenitor cells after ionising radiation.

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    Avila, Alush I; Illing, Anett; Becker, Friedrich; Maerz, Lars D; Morita, Yohei; Philipp, Melanie; Burkhalter, Martin D

    2016-07-27

    Reduced capacity of genome maintenance represents a problem for any organism, potentially causing premature death, carcinogenesis, or accelerated ageing. Strikingly though, loss of certain genome stability factors can be beneficial, especially for the maintenance of tissue stem cells of the intestine and the haematopoietic system. We therefore screened for genome stability factors negatively impacting maintenance of haematopoietic stem cells (HSC) in the context of ionising radiation (IR). We found that in vivo knock down of Xeroderma pigmentosum, complementation group G (Xpg) causes elevation of HSC numbers after IR treatment, while numbers of haematopoietic progenitors are elevated to a lesser extent. IR rapidly induces Xpg both on mRNA and on protein level. Prevention of this induction does not influence activation of the checkpoint cascade, yet attenuates late checkpoint steps such as induction of p21 and Noxa. This causes a leaky cell cycle arrest and lower levels of apoptosis, both contributing to increased colony formation and transformation rates. Xpg thus helps to adequately induce DNA damage responses after IR, thereby keeping the expansion of damaged cells under control. This represents a new function of Xpg in the response to IR, in addition to its well-characterized role in nucleotide excision repair. PMID:27137888

  2. Genomic instability in rat: Breakpoints induced by ionising radiation and interstitial telomeric-like sequences

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    The Norwegian rat (Rattus norvegicus) is the most widely studied experimental species in biomedical research although little is known about its chromosomal structure. The characterisation of possible unstable regions of the karyotype of this species would contribute to the better understanding of its genomic architecture. The cytogenetic effects of ionising radiation have been widely used for the study of genomic instability, and the importance of interstitial telomeric-like sequences (ITSs) in instability of the genome has also been reported in previous studies in vertebrates. In order to describe the unstable chromosomal regions of R. norvegicus, the distribution of breakpoints induced by X-irradiation and ITSs in its karyotype were analysed in this work. For the X-irradiation analysis, 52 foetuses (from 14 irradiated rats) were studied, 4803 metaphases were analysed, and a total of 456 breakpoints induced by X-rays were detected, located in 114 chromosomal bands, with 25 of them significantly affected by X-irradiation (hot spots). For the analysis of ITSs, three foetuses (from three rats) were studied, 305 metaphases were analysed and 121 ITSs were detected, widely distributed in the karyotype of this species. Seventy-six percent of all hot spots analysed in this study were co-localised with ITSs

  3. Genotoxicity in earthworm after combined treatment of ionising radiation and mercury

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    This study was performed to investigate the acute genotoxic effects of mercury and radiation on earthworms (Eisenia fetida). The levels of DNA damage and the repair kinetics in the coelomocytes of E. fetida treated with mercuric chloride (HgCl2) and ionising radiation (gamma rays) were analysed by means of the comet assay. For detection of DNA damage and repair, E. fetida was exposed to HgCl2 (0-160 mg kg-1) and irradiated with gamma rays (0-50 Gy) in vivo. The increase in DNA damage depended on the concentration of mercury or dose of radiation. The results showed that the more the oxidative stress induced by mercury and radiation the longer the repair time that was required. When a combination of HgCl2 and gamma rays was applied, the cell damage was much higher than those treated with HgCl2 or radiation alone, which indicated that the genotoxic effects were increased after the combined treatment of mercury and radiation. (authors)

  4. Law on protection against ionising radiation and nuclear safety in Slovenia

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    The existing legislation related to nuclear and radiation safety in Slovenia was introduced in 80's. The necessity for the new law is based on the new radiation safety standards (ICRP 60) and the intention of Slovenia to harmonize the legislation with the European Union. The harmonization means adoption of the basic safety standards and other relevant directives and regulations of Euratom. The nuclear safety section of this law is based on the legally binding international conventions ratified by Slovenia. The general approach is similar to that of some members of Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD). The guidelines of the law were set by the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Nuclear Safety Administration, and Ministry of Health. The expert group of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning and the Ministry of Health together with the representatives of the users of the ionising sources and representatives of the nuclear sector, prepared the draft of the subject law. The emphasis in this paper is given to main topics and solutions related to the control of the occupationally exposed workers, radiation safety, licensing, nuclear and waste safety, and radiation protection of people and patients. (authors)

  5. Detection of the effects of low dose ionising irradiation on epidermal function

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    A non-invasive technique for the detection of small doses of X irradiation to the skin would be important for improvements in radiation protection. In this investigation we have studied the effects of doses of X rays of less than 2.0 Gy (sub-erythemal) on human skin in order to select such a technique. Our results indicate that a dose of X rays between 0.5 and 1.0 Gy was sufficient to depress significantly epidermal cell production in the basal layer. Accompanying this change in epidermal cell production after 1.0 Gy exposure, there was a reduction in the rate of desquamation of corneocytes. In the stratum granulosum, changes in ''non-specific esterase'' activity (a marker of lysosomal enzyme release) were also observed. Thus at three stages of the keratinisation process, functional alterations had occurred within three days of exposure to an X ray dose of 1.0 Gy. For this reason it seems likely that the various changes were at least partially independent of each other and that the stratum corneum may serve as a biological dosimeter for the detection of exposure to low doses of ionising radiation. (author)

  6. An isotopic analysis of ionising radiation as a source of sulphuric acid

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Sulphuric acid is an important factor in aerosol nucleation and growth. It has been shown that ions enhance the formation of sulphuric acid aerosols, but the exact mechanism has remained undetermined. Furthermore some studies have found a deficiency in the sulphuric acid budget, suggesting a missing source. In this study the production of sulphuric acid from SO2 through a number of different pathways is investigated. The production methods are standard gas phase oxidation by OH radicals produced by ozone photolysis with UV light, liquid phase oxidation by ozone, and gas phase oxidation initiated by gamma rays. The distributions of stable sulphur isotopes in the products and substrate were measured using isotope ratio mass spectrometry. All methods produced sulphate enriched in 34S and we find an enrichment factor (δ34S of 8.7 ± 0.4‰ (1 standard deviation for the UV-initiated OH reaction. Only UV light (Hg emission at 253.65 nm produced a clear non-mass-dependent excess of 33S. The pattern of isotopic enrichment produced by gamma rays is similar, but not equal, to that produced by aqueous oxidation of SO2 by ozone. This, combined with the relative yields of the experiments, suggests a mechanism in which ionising radiation may lead to hydrated ion clusters that serve as nanoreactors for S(IV to S(VI conversion.

  7. The study of some thiazinic and indaminic dye syntheses induced by ionising radiation

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    With a view to finding some radiochemical reactions applicable on an industrial scale for evaluating the radioactive waste from nuclear reactors, a systematic study was made of the radiochemical synthesis of thiazinic dyes such as methylene blue and Lauths' violet, on which the first tests were carried out in 1954. The first part of the study concerned the identification and the dosage, during radiolysis, of dyes by means of their absorption spectra after separation from the reaction medium by adsorption chromatography or ion-exchange; other radiolysis products such as ammonium chloride and hydrogen peroxide were also identified. During a later stage by systematically varying the physico-chemical parameters it was possible to determine the most favourable conditions for radio-synthesis; the maximum radiochemical yields obtained had the following values: G (Lauths' violet) 1,65; G (Methylene blue) = 1,75. Furthermore, the study of the influence of variously substituted aminated products on the radiochemical yield showed the possibility of synthesising Bindsehedlers green and Wursters blue by radiochemical methods. Finally the discovery of a fundamental intermediate product, Wursters red, together with the kinetic study of the chemical synthesis of methylene blue made it possible to determine the main stages of the reaction mechanism and to decide which of these stages could be attributed to ionising radiations in the case of the radiochemical synthesis. (author)

  8. Low pressure cloud chamber studies. 1. Methods of analysis of ionisation distributions

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    One approach to understanding the effects of radiation on matter is to study the spatial distribution of ionisations produced by the radiation. A low pressure cloud chamber has been constructed which can resolve individual ions in the tracks of low energy electrons. Droplets formed by photoelectrons and Auger electrons from characteristic aluminium x-rays have been photographed and their three dimensional coordinates reconstructed. The accuracy of these coordinates is limited mainly by diffusion in the chamber which is estimated to be (2.8 +- 1.2) nm in unit density material. This paper describes a method of computing and analysing individual electron tracks from the droplet coordinates. Track length data has been determined for each type of track and compared with other work. Inter-droplet distance histograms and Rossi 'Y' distributions have been calculated for target sizes of 5, 10 and 20 nm in unit density material. Comparisons have been made with Monte-Carlo calculations. It is hoped that these results will be of use in checking target theories of radiation action

  9. Low Dose-Rate Effects on Chromosomal Aberrations in Workers Occupationally Exposed to Ionising Radiation

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    Full text: Occupational exposure to ionising radiation can be assessed by chromosomal aberrations detected in peripheral blood lymphocytes. Blood samples were collected from 47 occupationally exposed individuals (X-ray diagnostic machines and industrial gamma defectoscopy). The chromosomal aberrations were analysed from at least 500 metaphases per person and their frequencies were compared with those obtained from 110 control individuals. It has been noticed the higher frequency of chromosomal aberrations in the exposed group related to the control. The increase was analysed according to the age groups (31-40, 41-50, and 51-60), sex and duration of employment. The higher frequency of dicentrics was not directly correlated with the age or duration of employment in the exposed group. The acentric fragments were encountered with much higher frequency in the exposed group. The chromosomal aberrations induced by low dose-rate in occupationally exposed people revealed the degree of individual sensitivity and the severity of the initial damage depending on the biological-pathological conditions. (author)

  10. Cancer mortality risk of nuclear power workers due to the exposure of ionising radiation in Germany

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    Fehringer, F.; Seitz, G. [Berufsgenossenschaft der Feinmechanik und Elektrotechnik, Koln (Germany); Hammer, G.P.; Blettner, M. [Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz, Institut fur Medizinische Biometrie, Epidemiologie und Informatik des Klinikums (Germany)

    2006-07-01

    A cohort study of German nuclear power workers was set up to investigate overall and cancer mortality risk related to a chronic exposure to ionising radiation of low-level dose. The German study was performed as a part of an international study carried out by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon. First results of the international study have been published recently [1]. German data are not yet included in this analysis. The German cohort consists of 4844 employees from 10 nuclear power plants. All persons who worked in these nuclear power plants in 1991 or started employment between 1991 und 1997 are included (except for employees of one plant, whose observation period started in 1992). These persons accumulated about 31,000 person years. Overall, 68 deaths were observed in the observation period between 1.1.1991-31.12.1997. Standardized mortality ratios (SMR) were computed for all causes of death, all cancers, cardiovascular diseases, external causes, and all other causes. Overall, a strong healthy worker effect was observed (SMR=0.52 [95% CI: 0.41;0.67]). No increase in total cancer mortality was seen (SMR=0.85 [95% CI: 0.53;1.30]). However, numbers are too small for stable risk estimates and further effort is under way to complete the cohort in terms of power plants and to extend the follow-up until 2005. (authors)

  11. Gene expression analysis after low dose ionising radiation exposure of the developing organism

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    Measuring gene expression using microarrays is relevant to many areas of biology and medicine, such as follow up of developmental stages and diseases onset, and treatment study. Since there can be tens of thousands of distinct probes on an array, each micro array experiment can accomplish the equivalent number of genetic tests in parallel. Arrays have therefore dramatically accelerated many types of investigations. For example, microarrays can be used to identify stress response genes by comparing gene expression in challenged versus normal cells. In the Molecular and Cellular Biology lab (MCB), the micro array experiments are performed within the Genomic Platform, fully equipped to analyse either the behaviour of bacteria during long space flight, the effect of low dose ionising radiation on the developing organism in mice, or the human individual radiation sensitivity. For the low dose effect, two main stages of development are of interest; 1) the gastrula stage at which ionizing radiation can induce several malformations. 2) the organogenesis. During brain development, epidemiological studies of the atomic bomb survivors of Hiroshima/Nagasaki showed increased risk of mental retardation in children of women exposed between weeks 8-15 of pregnancy or at a lower extend between weeks 15 to 25

  12. The use of caffeine to assess high dose exposures to ionising radiation by dicentric analysis

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    Dicentric analysis is considered as a 'gold standard' method for biological dosimetry. However, due to the radiation-induced mitotic delay or inability to reach mitosis of heavily damaged cells, the analysis of dicentrics is restricted to doses up to 4-5 Gy. For higher doses, the analysis by premature chromosome condensation technique has been proposed. Here, it is presented a preliminary study is presented in which an alternative method to analyse dicentrics after high dose exposures to ionising radiation (IR) is evaluated. The method is based on the effect of caffeine in preventing the G2/M checkpoint allowing damaged cells to reach mitosis. The results obtained indicate that the co-treatment with Colcemide and caffeine increases significantly increases the mitotic index, and hence allows a more feasible analysis of dicentrics. Moreover in the dose range analysed, from 0 to 15 Gy, the dicentric cell distribution followed the Poisson distribution, and a simulated partial-body exposure has been clearly detected. Overall, the results presented here suggest that caffeine has a great potential to be used for dose-assessment after high dose exposure to IR. (authors)

  13. The escape of ionising radiation from high-redshift dwarf galaxies

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    Paardekooper, Jan-Pieter; Altay, Gabriel; Kruip, Chael

    2011-01-01

    The UV escape fraction from high-redshift galaxies plays a key role in models of cosmic reionisation. Because it is currently not possible to deduce the escape fractions during the epoch of reionisation from observations, we have to rely on numerical simulations. Our aim is to better constrain the escape fraction from high-redshift dwarf galaxies, as these are the most likely sources responsible for reionising the Universe. We employ a N-body/SPH method that includes realistic prescriptions for the physical processes that are important for the evolution of dwarf galaxies. These models are post-processed with radiative transfer to determine the escape fraction of ionising radiation. We perform a parameter study to assess the influence of the spin parameter, gas fraction and formation redshift of the galaxy and study the importance of numerical parameters as resolution, source distribution and local gas clearing. We find that the UV escape fraction from high-redshift dwarf galaxies that have formed a rotational...

  14. A special ionisation chamber for quality control of diagnostic and mammography X ray equipment

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    A quality control program for X ray equipment used for conventional radiography and mammography requires the constancy check of the beam qualities in terms of the half-value layers. In this work, a special double-faced parallel-plate ionisation chamber was developed with inner electrodes of different materials, in a tandem system. Its application will be in quality control programs of diagnostic and mammography X ray equipment for confirmation of half-value layers previously determined by the conventional method. Moreover, the chamber also may be utilised for measurements of air kerma values (and air kerma rates) in X radiation fields used for conventional radiography and mammography. The chamber was studied in relation to the characteristics of saturation, ion collection efficiency, polarity effects, leakage current, and short-term stability. The energy dependence in response of each of the two faces of the chamber was determined over the conventional radiography and mammography X ray ranges (unattenuated beams). The different energy responses of the two faces of the chamber allowed the formation of a tandem system useful for the constancy check of beam qualities. (author)

  15. Ionisation-induced star formation I: The collect and collapse model

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    Dale, J E; Whitworth, A P

    2006-01-01

    We conduct Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics simulations of the `collect and collapse' scenario (Elmegreen and Lada, 1977) for star formation triggered by an expanding HII region. We simulate the evolution of a spherical uniform molecular cloud with an ionising source at its centre. The gas in the cloud is self-gravitating, although the cloud is prevented from globally collapsing. We find that the shell driven by the HII region fragments to form numerous self--gravitating objects. We repeat our calculations at four numerical resolutions to ensure that they are converged. We compare our results to the analytical model of Whitworth et al, 1994 and show that our simulations and the predictions of Whitworth et al are in good agreement in the sense that the shell fragments at the time and radius predicted by Whitworth et al to within 20% and 25% respectively. Most of the fragments produced in our two highest resolution calculations are approximately half the mass of those predicted, but this conclusion is robust aga...

  16. A gas ionisation Direct-STIM detector for MeV ion microscopy

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    Norarat, Rattanaporn, E-mail: rattanaporn@rmutl.ac.th [University of Applied Sciences (HES-SO), Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie, Eplatures-Gris 17, CH-2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland); Faculty of Science and Agriculture, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Chiang Rai, 57120 Chiang Rai (Thailand); Department of Physics, University of Jyväskylä, P.O. Box 35, Jyväskylä FI-40014 (Finland); Guibert, Edouard; Jeanneret, Patrick; Dellea, Mario; Jenni, Josef [University of Applied Sciences (HES-SO), Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie, Eplatures-Gris 17, CH-2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland); Roux, Adrien; Stoppini, Luc [Tissue Engineering Laboratory, Campus Biotech, Chemin des Mines 9, Geneva (Switzerland); Whitlow, Harry J. [University of Applied Sciences (HES-SO), Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie, Eplatures-Gris 17, CH-2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland)

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    Direct-Scanning Transmission Ion Microscopy (Direct-STIM) is a powerful technique that yields structural information in sub-cellular whole cell imaging. Usually, a Si p-i-n diode is used in Direct-STIM measurements as a detector. In order to overcome the detrimental effects of radiation damage which appears as a broadening in the energy resolution, we have developed a gas ionisation detector for use with a focused ion beam. The design is based on the ETH Frisch grid-less off-axis Geiger–Müller geometry. It is developed for use in a MeV ion microscope with a standard Oxford Microbeams triplet lens and scanning system. The design has a large available solid angle for other detectors (e.g. proton induced fluorescence). Here we report the performance for imaging ReNcells VM with μm resolution where energy resolutions of <24 keV fwhm could be achieved for 1 MeV protons using isobutane gas.

  17. Cancer mortality risk of nuclear power workers due to the exposure of ionising radiation in Germany

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    A cohort study of German nuclear power workers was set up to investigate overall and cancer mortality risk related to a chronic exposure to ionising radiation of low-level dose. The German study was performed as a part of an international study carried out by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon. First results of the international study have been published recently [1]. German data are not yet included in this analysis. The German cohort consists of 4844 employees from 10 nuclear power plants. All persons who worked in these nuclear power plants in 1991 or started employment between 1991 und 1997 are included (except for employees of one plant, whose observation period started in 1992). These persons accumulated about 31,000 person years. Overall, 68 deaths were observed in the observation period between 1.1.1991-31.12.1997. Standardized mortality ratios (SMR) were computed for all causes of death, all cancers, cardiovascular diseases, external causes, and all other causes. Overall, a strong healthy worker effect was observed (SMR=0.52 [95% CI: 0.41;0.67]). No increase in total cancer mortality was seen (SMR=0.85 [95% CI: 0.53;1.30]). However, numbers are too small for stable risk estimates and further effort is under way to complete the cohort in terms of power plants and to extend the follow-up until 2005. (authors)

  18. A gas ionisation Direct-STIM detector for MeV ion microscopy

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    Norarat, Rattanaporn; Guibert, Edouard; Jeanneret, Patrick; Dellea, Mario; Jenni, Josef; Roux, Adrien; Stoppini, Luc; Whitlow, Harry J.

    2015-04-01

    Direct-Scanning Transmission Ion Microscopy (Direct-STIM) is a powerful technique that yields structural information in sub-cellular whole cell imaging. Usually, a Si p-i-n diode is used in Direct-STIM measurements as a detector. In order to overcome the detrimental effects of radiation damage which appears as a broadening in the energy resolution, we have developed a gas ionisation detector for use with a focused ion beam. The design is based on the ETH Frisch grid-less off-axis Geiger-Müller geometry. It is developed for use in a MeV ion microscope with a standard Oxford Microbeams triplet lens and scanning system. The design has a large available solid angle for other detectors (e.g. proton induced fluorescence). Here we report the performance for imaging ReNcells VM with μm resolution where energy resolutions of <24 keV fwhm could be achieved for 1 MeV protons using isobutane gas.

  19. Effect of penetrating ionising radiation on the mechanical properties of pericardium

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    Daar, Eman, E-mail: e.daar@surrey.ac.u [Department of Physics, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Woods, E. [Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, Pond Street, Hampstead, London NW3 2QG (United Kingdom); Keddie, J.L. [Department of Physics, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Nisbet, A. [Department of Physics, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom); Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford (United Kingdom); Bradley, D.A. [Department of Physics, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom)

    2010-07-21

    The pericardium is an anistropic composite material made up of collagen and elastin fibres embedded in an amorphous matrix mainly composed of proteoglycan and hyaluronan. The collagen fibres are arranged in layers, with different directions of alignment in each layer, giving rise to interesting mechanical properties of pericardium, including the ability to undergo large deformation during performance of regular physiological functions. The present study aims to investigate the effect of penetrating photon ionising radiation on bovine pericardium tissue, being part of a study of the effect of cardiac doses received in breast radiotherapy and the possibility that this can give rise to cardiovascular complications. Irradiation doses in the range 5-80 Gy were used. To characterise the various mechanical properties [elastic modulus, stress relaxation, ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and fracture] a uniaxial tensile test method was applied. The preliminary results reflect the wide inter-sample variations that are expected in dealing with tissues, with only a weak indication of increase in the UTS of the pericardium tissue with increase in radiation dose. Such an effect has also been observed by others, with reduction in UTS at doses of 80 Gy.

  20. A comparison of statistical methods for estimation of less than detectable ionising radiation exposures

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    Methods were developed to estimate the ionising radiation dose below the detection level (DL) of personal monitoring devices for a case-control study of protracted radiation exposure and lung cancer. Exposure data were grouped by dosemeter type and monitoring period. Each group contained dosimetry data that were interval-censored from limitations in measurement precision and included left-censoring of observations below detection. The grouped data were fit to a three parameter hybrid-lognormal distribution by maximum likelihood estimation. Using the fitted distribution, bootstrap samples were either simulated by Monte Carlo or constructed by sampling with replacement. The resulting bootstrap sample distributions were then used to predict the missing dose values and the associated uncertainty in the estimate. Among study subjects, 1357 workers were monitored with film dosimetry. Among the 39,263 dose observations 20,416 were recorded as zero dose, indicating 52% left-censoring. The statistical methods estimated 0.31 person-Sv below the DL or ∼1% of the total collective dose for this study population. (authors)

  1. Keeping the Universe ionised: photoheating and the high-redshift clumping factor of the intergalactic gas

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    Pawlik, Andreas H; van Scherpenzeel, Eveline

    2009-01-01

    The critical star formation rate density required to keep the intergalactic hydrogen ionised depends crucially on the average rate of recombinations in the intergalactic medium (IGM). This rate is proportional to the clumping factor C = / avg(rho_b)^2, where rho_b and avg(rho_b) are the local and cosmic mean baryon density, respectively, and the brackets indicate spatial averaging over the recombining gas in the IGM. We perform a suite of cosmological smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulations that include radiative cooling to calculate the volume-weighted clumping factor of the IGM at redshifts z >= 6. We investigate the effect of photoionisation heating by a uniform ultraviolet background and find that photoheating strongly reduces the clumping factor as the increased pressure support smoothes out small-scale density fluctuations. Even our most conservative estimate for the clumping factor, C = 6, is five times smaller than the clumping factor that is usually employed to determine the capacity of star-fo...

  2. Calibration, performance and type testing of personal dosemeters used in ionising-radiation applications in Greece.

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    Boziari, A; Hourdakis, C J

    2007-01-01

    Active Personal Dosemeters (APDs) are widely used in real-time personal dosimetry. Their performance, operational characteristics and limitations, as well as their calibration should be routinely checked to assure satisfactory operation and safe use. This study summarises the results of such type tests and calibrations performed in almost 4750 dosemeters at Ionising Radiation Calibration Laboratory (HIRCL) of Greek Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC). About 13.8% of the pencil type and 4.3% of the electronic dosemeters were found to be out of limits of acceptable performance. For the pencil type dosemeters, the mean calibration factor (CF+/-SD) for high- and low-dose categories was found to be 1.014+/-0.102 (range 0.793-1.458) and 0.995+/-0.059 (range 0.794-1.311), respectively. Of these >85% of them had reproducibility better than 90%, while <1% showed remarkable non-linearity and approximately 10% of them failed to retain the dose reading within the limits after 24 h. For the electronic dosemeters, the mean CF was 1.034+/-0.046 (range 0.967-1.238). The majority of them showed good reproducibility and linearity results while, after irradiation, the dose readings were not shifted through time. The energy response varies with the dosemeter type, reaching in one dosemeter type down to 50%. Both electronic and pencil did not showed electronic equilibrium problems. PMID:17185312

  3. Contamination on Lyman continuum emission at z >= 3: implication on the ionising radiation evolution

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    Vanzella, E; Cristiani, S; Nonino, M

    2010-01-01

    We investigate the possibility of contamination by lower-redshift interlopers in the measure of the ionising radiation escaping from high redshift galaxies. Taking advantage of the new ultra-deep VLT/VIMOS U-band number counts in the GOODS-S field,we calculate the expected probability of contamination by low-z interlopers as a function of the U-mag and the image spatial resolution (PSF). Assuming that ground-based observations can not resolve objects lying within a 0.5" radius of each other, then each z>=3 galaxy has a 2.1 and 3.2% chance of foreground contamination, adopting surface density U-band number counts down to 27.5 and 28.5,respectively. Those probabilities increase to 8.5 and 12.6%, assuming 1.0" radius. If applied to the estimates reported in the literature at z~3 for which a Lyman continuum has been observed directly,the probability that at least 1/3 of them are affected by foreground contamination is larger than 50%.From a Monte-Carlo simulation we estimate the median integrated contribution of ...

  4. Ionisation and dissociation of cometary gaseous organic molecules by solar wind particles I: Formic Acid

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    Pilling, S; Wolff, W; Sant'Anna, M M; Barros, A L F; De Souza, G G B; De Faria, N V C; Boechat-Roberty, H M

    2006-01-01

    In order to simulate the effects of energetic charged particles present in the solar wind colliding with the cometary gaseous formic acid molecule (HCOOH), laboratory experiments have been performed. The absolute ionisation and dissociation cross sections for this molecule interacting with solar wind particles were measured employing fast electrons in the energy range of 0.5 to 2 keV and energetic protons with energies varying from 0.128 to 2 MeV. Despite the fact that both projectiles lead to a very similar fragmentation pattern, differences in the relative intensities of the fragments were observed. Formic acid survives about 4-5 times more to the proton beam than to the energetic electron collision.The minimum momentum transfer in the electron impact case was estimated to be 3-38% larger than the minimum momentum transfer observed with the equivelocity protons. The UV photodissociation rates and half-lives for HCOOH are roughly closer to the values obtained with energetic electrons. It is consequently impo...

  5. Framework for the Protection of the Environment from Ionising Radiation (invited paper)

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    A framework is proposed for the protection of the environment from ionising radiation. Key components include the assessment of the environmental transfer of radionuclides and uptake of radionuclides by organisms, the adaptation of existing dosimetric models to calculate absorbed doses and studies concerning dose-effects relationships for selected organisms. The proposed framework will also make use of 'reference' organisms, selection of which will be based on a number of criteria, e.g. radiosensitivity, ubiquity, and will involve the development of standardised biota exposure units which might integrate the Relative Biological Effect (RBE) of the radiation under consideration. In the second part of the study, initial efforts have been made to develop a computerised system in order to provide a simple example of how components of this framework may be formulated. An equilibrium absorbed dose constant model has been used for high LET (Linear Energy Transfer) radionuclides combined with the application of an absorbed fraction for γ-emitting radionuclides. Generalised specific activity information for selected radionuclides from Norwegian marine environments have been used as model input data. For the radionuclides considered, total doses for marine organisms (lobster, mussels, seaweed) ranged between 1.35-2.5 mGy.y-1, mainly attributable to 40K and 210Po. Such levels are well below those where observable effects might be expected. (author)

  6. The Combined Effect of Anesthetic Sevoflurane and Ionising Radiation on Primary DNA Damage in Mice

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    In induction and maintenance of general anesthesia, an inhalation anaesthetic sevoflurane (hexafluoroisopropyl fluoromethyl ether) is widely used mostly due to its low solubility and non-irritability. The aim of the study was to examine the degree of sensitivity of different types of tissue (brain, liver and kidneys) and peripheral blood leukocytes after interaction of γ-radiation (60Co) in a clinically relevant dose (1 Gy) with anesthetic sevoflurane (2.4 %, 50:50) in the model of Swiss albino mice. For primary DNA damage assessment, the method of alkaline comet assay was applied immediately after and 2, 6 and 24 h after exposure to radiation and anaesthesia. The strongest genotoxic effect was measured in kidney and brain cells 2 hours, in the blood 6 hours, and in the liver 24 hours after the treatment of the animals as compared to a control group. To test the difference in the amount of repair between blood and various tissues, cellular DNA repair index (CRI) was calculated, which showed different sensitivity of organs. The results showed synergistic effect of combined interaction between anaesthetic and ionising radiation, pointing out the necessity for extreme precaution in choosing and dealing with anaestetics during radiotherapy procedures.(author)

  7. Phenomenological study of the ionisation density-dependence of TLD-100 peak 5a

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    Horowitz and collaborators have reported evidence on the structure of TLD-100 peak 5. A satellite peak, called 5a, has been singled out as arising from localised electron-hole recombination in a trap/luminescent centre, its emission mechanism would be geminate recombination and, therefore, its population would depend on incident radiation ionisation density. We report a phenomenological study of peak 4, 5a and 5 strengths for glow curves previously measured at UNAM for gammas, electrons and low-energy ions. The deconvolution procedure has followed strict rules to assure that the glow curve, where the presence of peak 5a is not visually noticeable, is decomposed in a consistent fashion, maintaining fixed widths and relative temperature difference between all the peaks. We find no improvement in the quality of the fit after inclusion of peak 5a. The relative contribution of peak 5a with respect to peak 5 does not seem to correlate with the radiation linear energy transfer. (authors)

  8. Genomic instability in rat: Breakpoints induced by ionising radiation and interstitial telomeric-like sequences

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    Camats, Nuria [Institut de Biotecnologia i Biomedicina (IBB), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona (Spain); Departament de Biologia Cel.lular, Fisiologia i Immunologia Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona (Spain); Ruiz-Herrera, Aurora [Departament de Biologia Cel.lular, Fisiologia i Immunologia Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona (Spain); Parrilla, Juan Jose [Servicio de Ginecologia y Obstetricia, Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca, Ctra, Madrid-Cartagena, s/n, El Palmar, 30120 Murcia (Spain); Acien, Maribel [Servicio de Ginecologia y Obstetricia, Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca, Ctra, Madrid-Cartagena, s/n, El Palmar, 30120 Murcia (Spain); Paya, Pilar [Servicio de Ginecologia y Obstetricia, Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca, Ctra, Madrid-Cartagena, s/n, El Palmar, 30120 Murcia (Spain); Giulotto, Elena [Dipartimento di Genetica e Microbiologia Adriano Buzzati Traverso, Universita degli Studi di Pavia, 27100 Pavia (Italy); Egozcue, Josep [Departament de Biologia Cel.lular, Fisiologia i Immunologia Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona (Spain); Garcia, Francisca [Institut de Biotecnologia i Biomedicina (IBB), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona (Spain); Garcia, Montserrat [Institut de Biotecnologia i Biomedicina (IBB), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona (Spain) and Departament de Biologia Cellular, Fisiologia i Immunologia Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona (Spain)]. E-mail: Montserrat.Garcia.Caldes@uab.es

    2006-03-20

    The Norwegian rat (Rattus norvegicus) is the most widely studied experimental species in biomedical research although little is known about its chromosomal structure. The characterisation of possible unstable regions of the karyotype of this species would contribute to the better understanding of its genomic architecture. The cytogenetic effects of ionising radiation have been widely used for the study of genomic instability, and the importance of interstitial telomeric-like sequences (ITSs) in instability of the genome has also been reported in previous studies in vertebrates. In order to describe the unstable chromosomal regions of R. norvegicus, the distribution of breakpoints induced by X-irradiation and ITSs in its karyotype were analysed in this work. For the X-irradiation analysis, 52 foetuses (from 14 irradiated rats) were studied, 4803 metaphases were analysed, and a total of 456 breakpoints induced by X-rays were detected, located in 114 chromosomal bands, with 25 of them significantly affected by X-irradiation (hot spots). For the analysis of ITSs, three foetuses (from three rats) were studied, 305 metaphases were analysed and 121 ITSs were detected, widely distributed in the karyotype of this species. Seventy-six percent of all hot spots analysed in this study were co-localised with ITSs.

  9. Effects of ionising radiation exposure on plants, fish and mammals: relevant data for environmental radiation protection

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    In order to develop a framework for the assessment of the environmental impact of radiation, it is necessary to establish the relationship between exposure (dose rate, accumulated dose) and the effects that may be induced in plants and animals. With this purpose in mind, the data available on effects induced by ionising radiation in various wildlife groups have been reviewed as part of the FASSET project. This paper has highlighted that the available information on the effects of low dose rate, continuous irradiation (3 μGy h-1) is reasonable for plants, fish and mammals, but is scarce or non-existent for other wildlife groups. Thus, the effects induced in plants, fish and mammals after chronic exposure to radiation are presented in this paper. The fragmentary nature of the available, relevant information has made it very difficult to characterise the desired dose rate-response relationships in any detail. However, it can be broadly concluded that, although minor effects may be seen at lower dose rates in the most sensitive species and systems, the threshold for statistically significant effects in most studies is about 102 μGy h-1. The responses then increase progressively with increasing dose rate and usually become very clear at dose rates>103 μGy h-1 sustained for a large fraction of the lifespan

  10. Phenolic compounds from red wine are protective against the DNA damaging effect of ionising radiation ex vivo

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    Full text: Using the cytokinesis-block micronucleus assay we (a) investigated which compounds in red wine can prevent oxidative damage to DNA in vitro and (b) performed in vivo interventions with red wine (RW), de-alcoholised red wine (DEALC) and alcohol (ALC) to distinguish the effects of alcohol from the other fractions of RW in prevention of oxidative damage to DNA ex vivo. Cells were either challenged with ionising gamma radiation or hydrogen peroxide, two different forms of oxidative stress. The relative contribution of ethanol, glycerol, tartaric acid, catechin + caffeic acid, a mixture of all of these and phenolic stripped RW at in vivo relevant concentrations on spontaneous and oxidative stress induced DNA damage was evaluated in vitro. The results from these studies have shown that (a) only ethanol significantly increases spontaneous DNA damage, but this effect is eliminated when ethanol is included in a mixture of all the other wine components (P<0.05), (b) the strongest and only significant protective effect against hydrogen peroxide induced DNA damage was observed for the catechin + caffeic acid mixture (P<0.05) and (c) all compounds tested were significantly protective against ionising radiation-induced DNA damage in a dose dependent manner with the strongest protection being observed for the catechin + caffeic acid mixture and a mixture of all components (P < 0.0001). In the in vivo intervention studies with ex vivo challenge of whole blood showed that 1-2h after consumption of 300ml DEALC produced a significant protection against the DNA damaging effects of ionising radiation (P = 0.0002) but ALC significantly enhanced the damaging effects of ionising radiation (P 0.0002) while RW produced an intermediate effect. The data from these studies are particularly interesting because they clearly demonstrate the potential beneficial effects of wine phenolics in counteracting the harmful effects of ionising radiation. Furthermore they demonstrate that the

  11. Développement d'immunoessais associés aux électrodes sérigraphiées: des particules superparamagnétiques aux nanobodies

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    Patris, Stéphanie

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    Cette thèse a pour vocation de contribuer au développement de différents immunocapteurs ampérométriques associés aux électrodes sérigraphiées (SPE). Les immunocapteurs sont des dispositifs simples associant un anticorps ou un antigène qui assurent la sélectivité à un transducteur (ici une SPE) ;ce dernier transforme la liaison anticorps/antigène en un signal mesurable (ici ampérométrique).Le travail est divisé en deux volets principaux.Le premier est consacré à la mise en œuvre de différents ...

  12. Développement d'immunoessais associés aux électrodes sérigraphies: des particules superparamagnétiques aux nanobodies

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    Patris, Stéphanie

    2014-01-01

    Cette thèse a pour vocation de contribuer au développement de différents immunocapteurs ampérométriques associés aux électrodes sérigraphiées (SPE). Les immunocapteurs sont des dispositifs simples associant un anticorps ou un antigène qui assurent la sélectivité à un transducteur (ici une SPE) ;ce dernier transforme la liaison anticorps/antigène en un signal mesurable (ici ampérométrique). Le travail est divisé en deux volets principaux. Le premier est consacré à la mise en œuvre de dif...

  13. Les monuments commémoratifs dédiés aux universitaires et aux savants : Entre espace communautaire et espace public

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    Hottin, Christian

    1999-01-01

    Tout autant que les hommes politiques ou les gens de lettres, les universitaires et les savants ont été statufiés depuis le XIXe siècle : la première période de la troisième République marque l'apogée de ce phénomène. Lorsqu'elles étaient en bronze, ces œuvres, comme les autres, n'ont pas échappé aux sélections opérées pendant l'Occupation. Enfin, de nouvelles effigies d'hommes de science ont été exécutées après 1945 et, bien que ralenti, ce mouvement de commémoration se poursuit de nos jours...

  14. The ARF, AUX/IAA and GH3 gene families in citrus: genome-wide identification and expression analysis during fruitlet drop from abscission zone A.

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    Xie, Rangjin; Pang, Shaoping; Ma, Yanyan; Deng, Lie; He, Shaolan; Yi, Shilai; Lv, Qiang; Zheng, Yongqiang

    2015-12-01

    Completion of the whole genome sequencing of citrus enabled us to perform genome-wide identification and functional analysis of the gene families involved in agronomic traits and morphological diversity of citrus. In this study, 22 CitARF, 11 CitGH3 and 26 CitAUX/IAA genes were identified in citrus, respectively. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that all the genes of each gene family could be subdivided into three groups and showed strong evolutionary conservation. The GH3 and AUX/IAA gene families shrank and ARF gene family was highly conserved in the citrus genome after speciation from Arabidopsis thaliana. Tissue-specific expression profiles revealed that 54 genes were expressed in at least one tissue while just 5 genes including CitARF07, CitARF20, CitGH3.04, CitAUX/IAA25 and CitAUX/IAA26 with very low expression level in all tissues tested, suggesting that the CitARF, CitGH3 and CitAUX/IAA gene families played important roles in the development of citrus organs. In addition, our data found that the expression of 2 CitARF, 4 CitGH3 and 4 AUX/IAA genes was affected by IAA treatment, and 7 genes including, CitGH3.04, CitGH3.07, CitAUX/IAA03, CitAUX/IAA04, CitAUX/IAA18, CitAUX/IAA19 and CitAUX/IAA23 were related to fruitlet abscission. This study provides a foundation for future studies on elucidating the precise role of citrus ARF, GH3 and AUX/IAA genes in early steps of auxin signal transduction and open up a new opportunity to uncover the molecular mechanism underlying citrus fruitlet abscission. PMID:25982744

  15. Theoretical galactic cosmic ray electron spectrum obtained for sources of varying geometry; Spectre theorique des electrons du rayonnement cosmique dans la galaxie obtenu pour des sources a geometrie variable

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    Cohen, M.E. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1969-07-01

    Jokipii and Meyer have recently obtained an electron density energy spectrum of the cosmic rays, originating in the Galaxy, using integral solutions of the steady state transfer equations, by considering a circular cylindric galactic disc as source and approximating the resulting fourth order integral. In this report, we present general results, obtained by using an arbitrary circular cylindric source, without restricting ourselves to the galactic disc. The integrals are treated exactly. The conclusions of Jokipii and Meyer form special cases of these results. We also obtain an exponential energy variation which, at the moment, is not observed experimentally. The second part of this work deals with more complicated, but perhaps more realistic models of elliptic cylindric and ellipsoidal galactic disc sources. One may also note that a very large source concentrated in a very small region gives a spectrum not unlike that for a small source distributed throughout a large volume. Finally, it may be remarked that the model adopted is much less restrictive than the artificial conception of 'leakage time' followed by other workers. (author) [French] Jokipii et Meyer ont dernierement obtenu un spectre d'energie pour les electrons galactiques dans le rayonnement cosmique, en utilisant les solutions des equations de transfert, a l'etat stationnaire, ces dernieres etant sous forme d'integrales, en prenant une source completement diffusee dans le disque galactique, celui-ci etant hypothetiquement choisi comme circulaire et cylindrique et en faisant une approximation sur l'integrale du quatrieme degre. Dans ce rapport, nous presentons des resultats generaux obtenus en faisant appel a une source, diffusee dans un cylindre circulaire, arbitrairement choisi, c'est-a-dire sans nous restreindre au disque galactique comme source. Les integrales sont traitees d'une maniere exacte. Les conclusions de Jokipii et Meyer constituent des cas speciaux

  16. Recombination in liquid filled ionisation chambers with multiple charge carrier species: Theoretical and numerical results

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    Liquid-filled ionisation chambers (LICs) are used in radiotherapy for dosimetry and quality assurance. Volume recombination can be quite important in LICs for moderate dose rates, causing non-linearities in the dose rate response of these detectors, and needs to be corrected for. This effect is usually described with Greening and Boag models for continuous and pulsed radiation respectively. Such models assume that the charge is carried by two different species, positive and negative ions, each of those species with a given mobility. However, LICs operating in non-ultrapure mode can contain different types of electronegative impurities with different mobilities, thus increasing the number of different charge carriers. If this is the case, Greening and Boag models can be no longer valid and need to be reformulated. In this work we present a theoretical and numerical study of volume recombination in parallel-plate LICs with multiple charge carrier species, extending Boag and Greening models. Results from a recent publication that reported three different mobilities in an isooctane-filled LIC have been used to study the effect of extra carrier species on recombination. We have found that in pulsed beams the inclusion of extra mobilities does not affect volume recombination much, a behaviour that was expected because Boag formula for charge collection efficiency does not depend on the mobilities of the charge carriers if the Debye relationship between mobilities and recombination constant holds. This is not the case in continuous radiation, where the presence of extra charge carrier species significantly affects the amount of volume recombination. - Highlights: • Analytical extension of Greening and Boag theories to multiple charge carriers. • Detailed numerical study of process of volume recombination in LICs. • Recombination in pulsed beams is independent of number and mobilities of carriers. • Multiple charge carriers have a significant effect in continuous

  17. The Design of Diagnostic Medical Facilities where Ionising Radiation is used

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    The original Code of Practice on The Design of Diagnostic Medical Facilities Using Ionising Radiation was first published by the Nuclear Energy Board in 1988. In the intervening years the 'Blue Book' as it became known has served the medical community well as the sector has expanded and modernised and the late Dr Noel Nowlan, then Chief Executive of the Nuclear Energy Board, deserves much credit for initiating this pioneering contribution to radiation safety in Ireland. There have been significant developments since its publication in terms of the underlying radiation protection legislation, regulatory practice as well as developments in new technologies that have given rise to the need for a revision of the Code. This revised Code is based on a comprehensive draft document produced by the Haughton Institute under contract to the RPII and was finalised following extensive consultations with the relevant stakeholders. The revised Code includes a brief review of the current legislative framework and its specific impact on the management of building projects (Chapters 1 and 2), a presentation of the main types of radiological (Chapter 3) and nuclear medicine (Chapter 4) facilities, a treatment of the technical aspects of shielding calculations (Chapter 5) and a discussion of the practical aspects of implementing shielding solutions in a building context (Chapter 6). The primary purpose of the Code is to assist in the design of diagnostic facilities to the highest radiation protection standards in order to ensure the safety of workers and members of the public and the delivery of a safe service to patients. Diagnostic radiology is a dynamic environment and the Code is intended to be used in consultation with the current literature, an experienced Radiation Protection Advisor and a multidisciplinary project team

  18. Ionising radiation induced Nrf2-Keap1-ARE pathway and MRN complex mediated DNA repair

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    Whole body exposure of low linear energy transfer (LET) ionising radiation damages the vital intracellular biomolecules due to the direct deposition of IR energy as well as through ionization/radiolysis of intracellular water molecules. A flux of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and free radicals i.e. superoxide anion (O2-), hydroxyl radical (OH), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and singlet oxygen (1O2) are generated, which disturb the normal redox homeostasis and lead to a state of 'oxidative stress'. The resultant lesions such as DNA base damage, single strand break (SSBs), double strands break (DSBs), and clustered DNA lesions together with the increased oxidative stress, activate multiple intracellular pathways where, some of the important pathways are oxidative stress regulating Nrf2-Keap1 antioxidant response element (ARE) pathway and MRN (Mre11/Rad50/Nbs1) complex mediated DNA DSBs repair (DDR) pathway. During oxidative stress conditions, Nrf2 acts as a potent transcription factor that binds on to the ARE sequence of DNA within the nucleus and induce gene expression of enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, heme oxygenase, NAD(P)H oxidoreductase quinone, glutathione peroxidase, glutathione, thioredoxin, and ferratin-12 etc. The radiation induced DNA DSBs γ-H2AX foci, recruit the MRN complex at the damage site. The MRN complex initiates a cascade of phosphorylation event which activate DNA damage response (DDR) protein kinases i.e. nuclear import of active ATM dimer, stabilization of p53 (cell cycle guardian protein) and its regulated p21 protein. The MRN complex together with its associated proteins direct the induction of cell cycle arrest, repair and apoptosis. Evidences suggest that during oxidative stress condition, Nrf2-ARE pathway is influenced by DDR protein p21. This review study offers the insight into the crosstalk between Nrf2-ARE pathway with MRN complex, p53 mediated p21 role in defense mechanism

  19. A new scheme for solving inhomogeneous Boltzmann equation for electrons in weakly ionised gases

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    In the case of weakly ionized gases, the numerical treatment of non-hydrodynamic regime involving spatial variation of distribution function due to boundaries (walls, electrodes, electron source, etc hor-ellipsis) by using direct Boltzmann equation always constitute a challenge if the main collisional processes occurring in non thermal plasmas are to be considered (elastic, inelastic and super-elastic collisions, Penning ionisation, Coulomb interactions, etc hor-ellipsis). In the non-thermal discharge modelling, the inhomogeneous electron Boltzmann equation is needed in order to be coupled for example to a fluid model to take into account the electron non-hydrodynamic effects. This is for example the case of filamentary discharge, in which the space charge electric field due to streamer propagation has a very sharp spatial profile thus leading to important space non-hydrodynamic effects. It is also the case of the cathodic zone of glow discharge where electric field has a rapid spatial decrease until the negative glow. In the present work, a new numerical scheme is proposed to solve the inhomogeneous Boltzmann equation for electrons in the framework of two-term approximation (TTA) taking into account elastic and inelastic processes. Such a method has the usual drawbacks associated with the TTA i.e. not an accurate enough at high E/N values or in presence of high inelastic processes. But the accuracy of this method is considered sufficient because in a next step it is destinated to be coupled to fluid model for charged particles and a chemical kinetic model where the accuracy is of the same order of magnitude or worse. However there are numerous advantages of this method concerning time computing, treatment of non-linear collision processes (Coulomb, Penning, etc hor-ellipsis)

  20. Accurate simulation of ionisation chamber response with the Monte Carlo code PENELOPE

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    Ionisation chambers (IC) are routinely used in hospitals for the dosimetry of the photon and electron beams used for radiotherapy treatments. The determination of absorbed dose to water from the absorbed dose to the air filling the cavity requires the introduction of stopping power ratios and perturbation factors, which account for the disturbance caused by the presence of the chamber. Although this may seem a problem readily amenable to Monte Carlo simulation, the fact is that the accurate determination of IC response has been, for various decades, one of the most important challenges of the simulation of electromagnetic showers. The main difficulty stems from the use of condensed history techniques for electron and positron transport. This approach, which involves grouping a large number of interactions into a single artificial event, is known to produce the so-called interface effects when particles travel across surfaces separating different media. These effects can be sizeable when the electron step length is not negligible compared to the size of the region being crossed, as it is the case with the cavity of an IC. The artefact, which becomes apparent when the chamber response shows a marked dependence on the adopted step size, can be palliated with the use of sophisticated electron transport algorithms. These topics are discussed in the context of the transport model implemented in the PENELOPE code. The degree of violation of the Fano theorem for a simple, planar geometry, is used as a measure of the stability of the algorithm with respect to variations of the electron step length, thus assessing the 'quality' of its condensed history scheme. It is shown that, with a suitable choice of transport parameters, PENELOPE simulates IC response with an accuracy of the order of 0.1%.

  1. Interactions between carbo-platin, cisplatin and ionising radiation in an human ovarian cancer cell line

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    Cisplatin (CDDP) and radiotherapy are frequently used concomitantly in the treatment of various malignant conditions. Because of its toxicity, cisplatin tends to be replaced by carbo-platin (CBDCA) in several indications. Available data regarding the combined effects of cisplatin and carbo-platin with ionising radiation are contradictory. Various concentrations of cisplatin and carbo-platin and various timing of association with radiation have been tested in vitro in a human ovarian cancer cell line. The parental cell line (AOvC-0) and a cisplatin-resistant stable sub-line (AOvC-CDDP/O) (De Pooter et al., Cn Res, 1991) were exposed to carbo-platin (2.5, 5 and 10 M) and to CDDP (1, 2.5 and 5 M), 16 h and 4 h before and 4 h and 16 h after irradiation, respectively. Cell survival was evaluated by a classical clonogenic assay. Exposure of AOvC-0 to 5M CBDCA and of AOvC-CDDDP/O to 10 M CBDCA, before or shortly after radiation exposure, increased cell lethality in a clear supra-additive way, with the highest DEF in the shoulder region of the survival curve and at radiation doses relevant to clinical radiotherapy. In the sensitive cell line, 5 M carbo-platin resulted in an additional lethality equivalent to 4.5 Gy; in the resistant cells, 10M carbo-platin was equivalent to 3.6 Gy. Replacing carbo-platin by cisplatin in an identical set-up demonstrated exclusively simple additivity (DEF = 1). These data suggest that carbo-platin and cisplatin delivered at equi-toxic doses interact with radiation a different way and that, in the present set-up, only carbo-platin enhanced the effects of radiation. Carbo-platin might consequently be a better candidate than cisplatin in some concomitant combinations with radiotherapy. (authors)

  2. Positive effects of small doses of ionising radiation on plants and animals

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    Although part of the favourable results is likely to be due to wrong methods there is still a big part which must be taken seriously. Positive effects occurred after irradiation with X-, β, and γ rays and fast electrons. In plants, positive effects occurred after acute irradiation of the seed in the range of 1 R-10000 R, after acute irradiation of the growing plants with 50 R-1000, and after chronic irradiation of growing plants in the range of 0.02 R/day-230 R/day. For insects, the radiation doses with stimulating effects were, for acute irradiation, between 50 R and 180.00O R, for chronic irradiation between 9.5 R/day-75.9 R/hour. For mammals, positive effects of acute irradiation were found in the range of 40 R-400 R, after chronic irradiation of 0.11 R/day-5 R/day. The lower limits of these dose ranges are mainly due to the fact that smaller doses have not been dealt with at all. Positive effects of ionising radiation were seen especially when the experimental animals or plants were kept under unfavourable conditions. The exact mechanism of the radiation stimulation has not been explained yet. The assumption is favoured that the radiation causes a stimulation of repair mechanisms, - similar to the enzyme induction, may be - which enables the organisms to face further damage better due to their improved repair capacity. The generation of heterocygotes or of polyploidy by radiation seems also a plausible explanation of the positive radiation effects. In some experiments which revealed an increased radiation resistance after pre-radiation the synchronisation of the cell cycle caused by a radiation-induced delay of unitosis is likely to play a role. (orig./MG)

  3. The Follow-Up of Persons Occupationally Overexposed to Ionising Radiations

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    The number of occasions on which workers are overexposed to ionising radiations is very small even when the definition of an overexposure is taken as being any amount in excess of an ICRP permissible level. There is a need for the fullest information about the prognostic significance of overexposures to be. obtained. While it is true that much larger radiation doses are incurred in therapy, or even in some X-ray diagnostic procedures, there are other factors, such as underlying diseases, which can complicate the interpretation of biological consequences in these cases. Therefore, a simple system of registration for all overexposures to workers should be introduced. Such a system should cover only the relatively small number of cases either of external radiation or of internal contamination in which the dose can be considered likely to be in any way significant in respect of ultimate prognosis. Any necessary administrative effort should be made available by a critical review of the effort devoted to the routine recording of very low doses. This paper outlines an example of a registration system which has been instituted in the United Kingdom and outlines the reasoning behind the limited amount of recording which is considered to be useful. In addition to statistical studies of overexposures, there is a need to apply sound occupational health principles to the supervision and future employment of workers involved in such incidents. These should reflect an individual assessment of all aspects of such cases and rule of thumb numerical rules should not apply. Relevant factors in these individual assessments are discussed. (author)

  4. Chemical composition and geologic history of saline waters in Aux Vases and Cypress Formations, Illinois Basin

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    Demir, I.; Seyler, B.

    1999-01-01

    Seventy-six samples of formation waters were collected from oil wells producing from the Aux Vases or Cypress Formations in the Illinois Basin. Forty core samples of the reservoir rocks were also collected from the two formations. Analyses of the samples indicated that the total dissolved solids content (TDS) of the waters ranged from 43,300 to 151,400 mg/L, far exceeding the 35,400 mg/mL of TDS found in typical seawater. Cl-Br relations suggested that high salinities in the Aux Vases and Cypress formation waters resulted from the evaporation of original seawater and subsequent mixing of the evaporated seawater with concentrated halite solutions. Mixing with the halite solutions increased Na and Cl concentrations and diluted the concentration of other ions in the formation waters. The elemental concentrations were influenced further by diagenetic reactions with silicate and carbonate minerals. Diagenetic signatures revealed by fluid chemistry and rock mineralogy delineated the water-rock interactions that took place in the Aux Vases and Cypress sandstones. Dissolution of K-feldspar released K into the solution, leading to the formation of authigenic illite and mixed-layered illite/smectite. Some Mg was removed from the solution by the formation of authigenic chlorite and dolomite. Dolomitization, calcite recrystallization, and contribution from clay minerals raised Sr levels significantly in the formation waters. The trend of increasing TDS of the saline formation waters with depth can be explained with density stratification. But, it is difficult to explain the combination of the increasing TDS and increasing Ca/Na ratio with depth without invoking the controversial 'ion filtration' mechanism.

  5. The electrical charging of inactive aerosols in high ionised atmosphere, the electrical charging of artificial beta radioactive aerosols; Le processus de charge electrique: des aerosols non radioactifs en milieu fortement ionise, des aerosols radioactifs artificiels emetteurs beta

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    Gensdarmes, F

    2000-07-01

    The electrical properties of aerosols greatly influence their transport and deposition in a containment. In a bipolar ionic atmosphere, a neutral electric charge on aerosols is commonly assumed. However, many studies report a different charge distribution in some situations, like highly ionised atmosphere or in the case of radioactive aerosols. Such situations could arise from a hypothetical accident in a nuclear power plant. Within the framework of safety studies which are carried out at IPSN, our aims were the study of electrical properties of aerosols in highly ionised atmosphere, and the study of artificial radioactive aerosols, in order to suggest experimental validation of available theories. For this purpose, we designed an experimental device that allows us to measure non-radioactive aerosol charge distribution under high gamma irradiation, up to 10{sup 4} Gy/h. With our experimental device we also studied the properties of small ions in the medium. Our results show a variation of the charge distribution in highly ionised atmosphere. The charge increases with the dose of gamma ray. We have related this variation with the one of the small ions in the gases, according to theoretical prediction. However, the model overestimates slightly our experimental results. In the case of the radioactive aerosols, we have designed an original experimental device, which allows us to study the charge distribution of a {sup 137}Cs aerosol. Our results show that the electric charging of such aerosols is strongly dependent on evolution parameters in a containment. So, our results underline a great enhancement of self-charging of particles which are sampled in a confined medium. Our results are qualitatively in agreement with the theoretical model; nevertheless the latter underestimates appreciably the self-charging, owing to the fact that wall effects are not taken into account. (author)

  6. Conference - Découvrez notre région - Aux bornes de Genève

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      Les premières bornes-frontière sont posées en 1816 aux confins du royaume de Sardaigne, d’autres feront leur apparition dès 1818 du côté du royaume de France. Deux cents ans plus tard, on retrouve toujours ces pierres, témoins de la naissance du canton et patrimoine partagé des communes genevoises, gessiennes et savoisiennes qui font notre région.  

  7. La conquête de l’Algérie racontée aux enfants

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    Guillemette Tison

    2012-01-01

    L’histoire de la conquête de l’Algérie est racontée aux enfants aussi bien dans les manuels que dans les romans. Cet article propose d’examiner comment les années 1827 à 1847 sont restituées dans les ouvrages scolaires et non scolaires, par l’utilisation d’anecdotes récurrentes, par la mise en scène de figures de héros ou de collectivités.

  8. Douleur aux urgences: rôle infirmier et recommandations de bonne pratique

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    Buletti, Martina; Vacherand, Virginie; Borloz, Corinne

    2015-01-01

    Dans le contexte des urgences, la douleur représente une problématique de santé importante puisque près de 80% des patients consultent pour cette raison. Depuis de nombreuses années, des études montrent que la prise en charge de la douleur aux urgences est sous-optimale et que la majorité des patients continue à ressentir de la douleur à sa sortie de l’hôpital. L’infirmier ayant un rôle important à jouer dans la prise en charge de la douleur des patients, en particulier dans ce contexte, nous...

  9. Au delà du DSM : les ontologies comme aide aux classifications descriptives psychiatriques ?

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    Richard, Marion; Aimé, Xavier; Krebs, Marie-Odile; Charlet, Jean

    2013-01-01

    La caractérisation des pathologies en psychiatrie pose généralement plus de difficultés que dans les autres domaines de la médecine. Les consensus au sujet des critères définissant les pathologies mentales restent minimaux. Dans ce contexte, notre but est de construire une ressource terminologique et ontologique permettant de caractériser les patients résistant aux traitements en particulier dans le contexte de la schizophrénie. Pour cela, nous utiliserons une méthodologie maintenant éprouvée...

  10. Dialogisme et interdiscours : des discours coloniaux aux discours du développement

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    Dufour, Françoise

    2007-01-01

    Cet article explore l’articulation des notions de dialogisme et d’interdiscours à partir de l’analyse des reformulations repérables dans le passage des discours coloniaux aux discours du développement. L’analyse d’un corpus authentique de la formation discursive du développement permet de mettre en évidence différents niveaux de négociation avec l’hétérogénéité discursive auxquels l’énonciateur est soumis dans les nominations de l’autre. Les discours du développement interagissent dialogiquem...

  11. François-Ronan DUBOIS (2014), Introduction aux Porn Studies

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    Loubradou, Esther

    2015-01-01

    « La pornographie est un exemple typique de ces objets culturels dont le discours public s’empare volontiers sans jamais en produire une connaissance un tant soit peu détaillée » (p. 7). Cette connaissance partielle est pourtant regrettable et par rapport aux débats virulents entre discours anti-pornographiques et discours pro-sexe, la nécessité d’une posture compétente et objective sans perspective de condamnation ou de défense sur la pornographie se fait sentir. François-Ronan Dubois propos...

  12. Fertilisation et sensibilité des cultures de laitue et de tomate aux bioagresseurs

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    Julhia, L.; Nicot, Philippe C.

    2014-01-01

    Les producteurs de légumes sont confrontés à de nouveaux défis avec la réduction de l’usage des produits phytosanitaires. Limiter le recours aux moyens de lutte chimique conduit à revisiter les pratiques et à mettre en oeuvre des stratégies globales à moindre risque phytosanitaire. La fertilisation est examinée dans son action sur la santé des plantes et comme levier dans la gestion des bioagresseurs. L’étude porte sur deux cultures légumières majeures en France, en termes de surfaces, la lai...

  13. Le capital-risque aux Etats-Unis dans les technologies de l'information

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    Patrice Boivin

    1999-01-01

    Aux États-Unis, les années 1990 consacrent la montée en puissance des fonds de capital-risque comme sources de financement pour les entreprises spécialisées dans les technologies de l'information. Plus précisément, les secteurs des logiciels et des communications reçoivent les montants les plus importants, en raison de leur potentiel de croissance lié au développement exponentiel d'Internet (accroissement des besoins de communication des entreprises et développement du commerce électronique)....

  14. Evaluation of the radiology state at the CEA/Fontenay-aux-Roses and its environment

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    Since 1946 the nuclear installations followed one other at the CEA of Fontenay-aux-Roses still their gradual stop the last ten years, except two installations INB34 and INB73, necessary for the wastes management. Today these installations form the subject of a drainage program. The public opinion is regularly informed on this program since 1999. This document presents the stock of the actions realized since this date: the track keeping of the sites activities impacts on the environment and the actions realized since 1999. (A.L.B.)

  15. Protection sociale et démocratie aux États-Unis

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    Ndiaye, Pap

    2000-01-01

    L'assurance et l'assistance sociale firent longtemps l'objet d'un consensus large dans la classe politique et la population américaines, particulièrement notable entre la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale et le début des années 1970, en apparaissant comme des piliers d'une démocratie moderne, capable de répondre aux défis posés par l'essor du grand capitalisme industriel. [Premier paragraphe de l'article

  16. L'hostilité aux OGM survit-elle à des produits attractifs ?

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    Kassardjian, Elsa; Robin, Stéphane; Ruffieux, Bernard

    2011-01-01

    Nous testons ici les dispositions à payer des consommateurs pour des aliments transgéniques de seconde génération, c'est-à-dire ayant des caractéristiques innovantes attractives pour le consommateur par rapport au produit conventionnel. Nous testons également les dispositions à payer de tels produits lorsqu'ils sont obtenus avec des technologies alternatives aux biotechnologies transgéniques. Les résultats indiquent que la disposition à payer positive pour une caractéristique désirable obtenu...

  17. Étude de la chasse aux sorcières dans les bailliages alsaciens du comté de Hanau-Lichtenberg aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles

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    Doré, Stéphanie

    2011-01-01

    Nombre d’explications concernant la chasse aux sorcières ont été avancées sans toutefois que l’une d’entre elles ait parue suffisante pour embrasser l’ensemble de ce phénomène aux multiples facettes. La chasse aux sorcières a été abordée dans cette étude à mi-chemin entre la macro – et la micro – histoire, dans une aire géographique limitée à l’Alsace – excluant de ce fait les bailliages de Lemberg, Willstätt et Lichtenau – afin d’appréhender de façon plus approfondie les relations sociales d...

  18. Est-on aux pizzas comme on est aux casseroles ? Sur les emplois métonymiques des syntagmes prépositionnels en à avec un nom d’objet

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    Hernandez Patricia

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Ce travail aborde les emplois spatiaux du type être à + article défini + nom d’objet (par exemple, être aux surgelés, aux casseroles, aux costumes, aux pizzas. De tels emplois sont compris, dans les ouvrages de spécialité comme des relations de localisation interprétables selon les connaissances partagées aussi bien sur le contexte d’énonciation que sur l’univers environnant. Sur la base de ce savoir lié aux routines établies, le repérage induit par la préposition à déclenche des inférences sur les interactions entre l’entité à situer et l’objet de référence. Notre parcours des descriptions existantes (Vandeloise 1988, Borillo 2001, Aurnague 2009, Corblin 2010 est suivi d’une réflexion, inspirée des principes de base de la sémantique cognitive (Langacker 1987, sur la nature de ces connexions. Ainsi, notre analyse prend en compte la corrélation entre objets et actions dans les rapports expérientiels entre l’être humain et son environnement : les lexèmes renvoyant aux entités dénotées offrent des clés d’accès à des routines et des synthèses d’expérience (Janet 1935, Brown 1965, Cadiot et Nemo 1997b. Ces scénarios, organisés en cadres d’interactions typiques (Fillmore 1982, fournissent un fond de connaissances permettant des connexions métonymiques par proximité conceptuelle selon des Modèles Cognitifs Idéalisés (Lakoff 1987, Radden & Kövecses 1999. Notre réflexion théorique est étayée par des occurrences attestées qui permettent de mieux saisir le rôle du contexte et des critères pragmatiques dans l’interprétation des formulations. En effet, sur la base d’une analyse contextuelle d’usages effectifs sur support électronique (Google France octobre 2011, nous présentons une ébauche de classement de ces emplois particuliers. La taxinomie proposée, qui ne se veut nullement définitive, conçoit les formulations en à avec des noms d’objet comme donnant un accès mental

  19. Etude du rôle du facteur de transcription MtATB2 dans l’adaptation des légumineuses aux stress abiotiques et aux carences nutritives de fin de cycle

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    Leclercq, Pierre; Rossin, Nadia; Le Signor, Christine; Sanchez, Myriam; Verdier, Jérôme; Wen, Jiangqi; Mysore, Kirankumar; Gallardo Guerrero, Karine; Thompson, Richard; Ochatt, Sergio; Vernoud, Vanessa

    2013-01-01

    Dans un contexte climatique global d’augmentation des températures et de baisses dans les régimes hydriques, et dans la perspective de développer une agriculture plus respectueuse de l’environnement, l’étude de la réponse des plantes aux stress abiotiques (thermiques et hydriques) et aux carences nutritives (bas niveau d’intrants) est cruciale. Nous nous intéressons en particulier à l’impact de ces stress sur le développement des légumineuses en fin de cycle (pois et Medicago truncatula), inc...

  20. La sensibilisation aux valeurs liées à l’eau et à la bonne gouvernance

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    Smets, Henri

    2008-01-01

    Pour les économistes ‘traditionnels”, l’eau est une matière première indispensable à la vie humaine de la même manière que l’essence est indispensable aux moteurs des voitures et l’électricité aux ordinateurs. Aussi conviendrait-il, selon eux de traiter l’eau comme les autres marchandises et de la soumettre aux lois du marché afin d’en optimiser la gestion. Les difficultés concernant son approvisionnement et sa répartition entre les usagers seront automatiquement résolues par le mécanisme des...

  1. External dosimetry for ionising radiation. From the national standard to the users in radiotherapy and radiation protection

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    This report presents a review of the external dosimetry of the ionising radiations for the protection of the human being. Looking at this topic, at first we are confronted with its diversity: the protection of the workers and the public against radiations, the medical exposures for radiotherapy, diagnosis and surgery, and the accidental situations. These aspects are often artificially separated so that the global comprehension becomes more difficult. We underline the points of convergence and the bonds which exist between the concepts of dosimetry adopted to deal with its different aspects. It also appeared useful to avoid proposing a dictionary of definitions copied in the reports of the international commissions, and adopting the formalism of the ICRU reports. This is why the definitions, when they are essential, are put in appendix. This text presents the reasons which led to the adoption of the system of quantity used today for the external dosimetry of the ionising radiations. After an introduction dealing with the general principle, the first chapter deals with the 'physical' quantities and the methods used for the determination of the national references. The second chapter, through the protection against radiation of the workers and the public, describes the bonds between the measurable 'operational' quantities and the non measurable 'protections' quantities which allow establishing the radiation protection limits and check that they are respected. The third chapter deals with the difficulties encountered for the measurements in area and personal dosimetry. The fourth chapter deals with the specificities of the medical exposures with the 'practical' quantities, the principle of optimisation and how radiotherapy is implemented. The fifth chapter briefly describes the case of the concerted exposures and of the accident. In conclusion, we analyse the needs and some potential new avenues of work for the metrology of the ionising radiations. (author)

  2. The electrical charging of inactive aerosols in high ionised atmosphere, the electrical charging of artificial beta radioactive aerosols

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    The electrical properties of aerosols greatly influence their transport and deposition in a containment. In a bipolar ionic atmosphere, a neutral electric charge on aerosols is commonly assumed. However, many studies report a different charge distribution in some situations, like highly ionised atmosphere or in the case of radioactive aerosols. Such situations could arise from a hypothetical accident in a nuclear power plant. Within the framework of safety studies which are carried out at IPSN, our aims were the study of electrical properties of aerosols in highly ionised atmosphere, and the study of artificial radioactive aerosols, in order to suggest experimental validation of available theories. For this purpose, we designed an experimental device that allows us to measure non-radioactive aerosol charge distribution under high gamma irradiation, up to 104 Gy/h. With our experimental device we also studied the properties of small ions in the medium. Our results show a variation of the charge distribution in highly ionised atmosphere. The charge increases with the dose of gamma ray. We have related this variation with the one of the small ions in the gases, according to theoretical prediction. However, the model overestimates slightly our experimental results. In the case of the radioactive aerosols, we have designed an original experimental device, which allows us to study the charge distribution of a 137Cs aerosol. Our results show that the electric charging of such aerosols is strongly dependent on evolution parameters in a containment. So, our results underline a great enhancement of self-charging of particles which are sampled in a confined medium. Our results are qualitatively in agreement with the theoretical model; nevertheless the latter underestimates appreciably the self-charging, owing to the fact that wall effects are not taken into account. (author)

  3. Lightning-driven inner radiation belt energy deposition into the atmosphere: implications for ionisation-levels and neutral chemistry

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    C. J. Rodger

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Lightning-generated whistlers lead to coupling between the troposphere, the Van Allen radiation belts and the lower-ionosphere through Whistler-induced electron precipitation (WEP. Lightning produced whistlers interact with cyclotron resonant radiation belt electrons, leading to pitch-angle scattering into the bounce loss cone and precipitation into the atmosphere. Here we consider the relative significance of WEP to the lower ionosphere and atmosphere by contrasting WEP produced ionisation rate changes with those from Galactic Cosmic Radiation (GCR and solar photoionisation. During the day, WEP is never a significant source of ionisation in the lower ionosphere for any location or altitude. At nighttime, GCR is more significant than WEP at altitudes <68 km for all locations, above which WEP starts to dominate in North America and Central Europe. Between 75 and 80 km altitude WEP becomes more significant than GCR for the majority of spatial locations at which WEP deposits energy. The size of the regions in which WEP is the most important nighttime ionisation source peaks at ~80 km, depending on the relative contributions of WEP and nighttime solar Lyman-α. We also used the Sodankylä Ion Chemistry (SIC model to consider the atmospheric consequences of WEP, focusing on a case-study period. Previous studies have also shown that energetic particle precipitation can lead to large-scale changes in the chemical makeup of the neutral atmosphere by enhancing minor chemical species that play a key role in the ozone balance of the middle atmosphere. However, SIC modelling indicates that the neutral atmospheric changes driven by WEP are insignificant due to the short timescale of the WEP bursts. Overall we find that WEP is a significant energy input into some parts of the lower ionosphere, depending on the latitude/longitude and altitude, but does not play a significant role in the neutral chemistry of the mesosphere.

  4. Measurement of air kerma rates for 6- to 7-MeV high-energy gamma-ray field by ionisation chamber and build-up plate

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    The 6- to 7-MeV high-energy gamma-ray calibration field by the 19F(p, αγ)16O reaction is to be served at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. For the determination of air kerma rates using an ionisation chamber in the 6- to 7-MeV high-energy gamma ray field, the establishment of the charged particle equilibrium must be achieved during measurement. In addition to measurement of air kerma rates by the ionisation chamber with a thick build-up cap, measurement using the ionisation chamber and a build-up plate (BUP) was attempted, in order to directly determine air kerma rates under the condition of regular calibration for ordinary survey meters and personal dosemeters. Before measurements, Monte Carlo calculations were made to find the optimum arrangement of BUP in front of the ionisation chamber so that the charged particle equilibrium could be well established. Measured results imply that air kerma rates for the 6- to 7-MeV high-energy gamma-ray field could be directly determined under the appropriate condition using an ionisation chamber coupled with build-up materials. (authors)

  5. Les représentations sociales du travail dans des parcours de retour aux études aux niveaux collégial et universitaire

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    Claude Julie Bourque

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Cet article porte sur le volet éducatif de la production et de la reproduction de la main-d’œuvre hautement qualifiée par l’examen des processus en jeu au moment des retours aux études dans des programmes de formation technique et de génie. Nous nous intéressons en particulier à une situation emblématique des référentiels politiques récents en matière d’éducation, soit les retours aux études. Nous cherchons à mieux comprendre comment le retour aux études se réalise, comment les représentations professionnelles agissent sur ce dernier et comment l’expérience scolaire influence les projets des individus. Notre analyse met l’accent sur les ressorts sociaux et culturels des décisions relatives au choix de programmes et à l’orientation professionnelle d’étudiants qui ont interrompu leurs études et qui y retournent. Nous explorons le discours d’étudiants et d’étudiantes qui ont choisi de profiter de la souplesse du système d’éducation québécois pour compléter ou bonifier leur formation initiale ou encore pour tenter une réorientation professionnelle. En particulier, nous désirons savoir comment les différentes formes d’articulation entre éducation et travail influencent les représentations sociales des étudiants au sujet des titres scolaires, de l’évolution de leur carrière scolaire et de leur projet professionnel personnel.This paper deals with the educational aspect of the production and reproduction of highly qualified manpower through examining the processes at play when people return to school by enrolling in technical or engineering training programs. Our interest is focussed specifically on returning to school as an emblematic situation in recent educational policy frameworks. We are trying to better understand how school return is done, how professional representations act upon it and how previous school experience influences individual projects. Our analysis focuses on the

  6. Predicting the effects of ionising radiation on ecosystems by a generic model based on the Lotka-Volterra equations

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    Monte, Luigi [ENEA CR Casaccia, Via P. Anguillarese 301 00100 Rome (Italy)], E-mail: luigi.monte@enea.it

    2009-06-15

    The present work describes a model for predicting the population dynamics of the main components (resources and consumers) of terrestrial ecosystems exposed to ionising radiation. The ecosystem is modelled by the Lotka-Volterra equations with consumer competition. Linear dose-response relationships without threshold are assumed to relate the values of the model parameters to the dose rates. The model accounts for the migration of consumers from areas characterised by different levels of radionuclide contamination. The criteria to select the model parameter values are motivated by accounting for the results of the empirical studies of past decades. Examples of predictions for long-term chronic exposure are reported and discussed.

  7. Two-photon ionisation of metastable helium: complex structure in the 2S-3P resonance profiles

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    The wavelength dependence of resonant two-photon ionisation of metastable helium via the 3P intermediate level is reported. In both the singlet and triplet systems an additional complex, but reproducible, structure is seen in the resonance profile of the ion signal. This occurs for moderate laser intensities strong enough to saturate the resonant transition. The physical reason for the structure is not understood, but measurements point to a delicate dependence on the time development of the atomic states and the laser pulse. (author)

  8. Predicting the effects of ionising radiation on ecosystems by a generic model based on the Lotka-Volterra equations

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    The present work describes a model for predicting the population dynamics of the main components (resources and consumers) of terrestrial ecosystems exposed to ionising radiation. The ecosystem is modelled by the Lotka-Volterra equations with consumer competition. Linear dose-response relationships without threshold are assumed to relate the values of the model parameters to the dose rates. The model accounts for the migration of consumers from areas characterised by different levels of radionuclide contamination. The criteria to select the model parameter values are motivated by accounting for the results of the empirical studies of past decades. Examples of predictions for long-term chronic exposure are reported and discussed.

  9. The ENEA calibration service for ionising radiations; Il centro di taratura per le radiazioni ionizzanti di Bologna. Parte 1: Fotoni

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    Monteventi, F.; Sermenghi, I. [ENEA, Centro Ricerche Ezio Clementel, Bologna (Italy). Dipt. Ambiente

    1999-07-01

    The report describes all the facilities available at the the service of the ENEA Calibration Service for Ionising Radiations at Bologna (Italy). It gives a detailed description of all equipment qualified for photon fields metrology including the secondary standards and the calibration procedures performed for radiation monitoring devices and dosemeters. [Italian] Il presente lavoro descrive i servizi e le attivita' del Centro di Taratura dell'ENEA di Bologna, in particolare delle attrezzature qualificate per la metrologia fotonica, dei campioni di misura e delle procedure adottate per la taratura degli strumenti e dei dosimetri.

  10. Near-threshold photoelectron angular distributions from two-photon resonant ionisation of He and Ne atoms

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    We present an overview of two recent experiments in which photoelectron angular distributions from light-polarised He and Ne atoms are studied, with the emphasis on theoretical description of photoionisation. Polarised He (Ne) atoms are prepared in the 1s4p, 1s5p, or 1s6p (2p53d) states with linearly polarised synchrotron light and ionised with a tunable infrared laser. The asymmetry parameters extracted from the measured velocity map imaging spectra agree well with the calculated asymmetry parameters.

  11. IBM-PC based data acquisition system for a laser enhanced ionisation spectrometer using a low cost GPIB card

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    An IBM-PC based data acquisition system has been developed for the existing laser enhanced ionisation spectrometer in the Division. Here the boxcar averager (type SR 250) which integrates the spectrometer output is interfaced to an IBM-PC, converted into a GPIB controller with the help of a locally available GPIB card, (Dynalog Micro Systems make PCL 848) through the GPIB port of the computer interface module (SR 245). The menu driven software developed in BASIC, triggers the scan in the dye laser through its control port, collects data from the spectrometer, plots, displays and stores it on the hard disc for further use. (author). 6 refs., 18 figs., 2 appendixes

  12. Use of the Isomass 54E thermal ionisation mass spectrometer at AEE Winfrith. Part II: plutonium analysis

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    This report describes the application of the Isomass 54E Thermal ionisation mass spectrometer for the isotopic analysis of plutonium, and gives details of the development of a method for quantitative determination of plutonium in sample solutions using isotopic dilution. A computer program for the control of the 54E is also described. Isotope dilution was used to compare results of plutonium content of twelve zebra reactor fuel pellets with results obtained by titrimetry. The Isomass 54E is shown to be capable of high precision analysis of plutonium sample solutions for both isotopic content and total plutonium concentration using an isotope dilution technique. (U.K.)

  13. Identification and expression analysis of primary auxin-responsive Aux/IAA gene family in cucumber (Cucumis sativus)

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    Defang Gan; Dan Zhuang; Fei Ding; Zhenzhou Yu; Yang Zhao

    2013-12-01

    Aux/IAA is an important gene family involved in many aspects of growth and development. Aux/IAA proteins are short-lived nuclear proteins that are induced primarily by various phytohormones. In this study, 29 Aux/IAA family genes (CsIAA01–CsIAA29) were identified and characterized in cucumber, including gene structures, phylogenetic relationships, conserved protein motifs and chromosomal locations. These genes show distinct organizational patterns of their putative motifs. The distributions of the genes vary: except for five CsIAA genes in cucumber that were not located, seven CsIAA genes were found on scaffold, while the other 17 CsIAA genes were distributed on seven other chromosomes. Based on a phylogenetic analysis of the Aux/IAA protein sequences from cucumber, Arabidopsis and other plants, the Aux/IAA genes in cucumber were categorized into seven subfamilies. To investigate whether the expression of CsIAA genes is associated with auxin induction, their transcript levels were monitored in seedlings treated with IAA (indole-3-acetic acid), and their expression patterns were analysed by semiquantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The results showed that 11/29 CsIAA genes were expressed in leaves whether treated with IAA or not and the time course of processing and compared with the control, five CsIAA genes showed low expression only after 60 min treatment with IAA, while 11 genes showed no expression. These results provide useful information for further functional analysis of Aux/IAA gene family in cucumber.

  14. Edgar Morin, aux risques d'une pensée libre

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    Pena Vega, Alfredo

    2011-01-01

    8 juillet 2011 ; Edgar Morin fête ses 90 ans et 60 ans passés au sein du CNRS. Une occasion unique pour l'équipe d'Hermès et Dominique Wolton, d'analyser et de critiquer la pensée de ce grand intellectuel. Aspiration à la liberté, attention à la complexité du monde et une profonde originalité épistémologique, Edgar Morin a bouleversé aussi bien la philosophie, la politique que la physique ou les mathématiques. Avec un souci constant : faire communiquer et interagir toutes les sciences pour relever le défi de la compréhension. Plus qu'un simple hommage, ce numéro questionne l'œuvre d'Edgar Morin au filtre de la communication, dévoilant les mécaniques de cette vision du monde profondément originale, échappant aux cloisonnements et aux certitudes académiques, portée par un projet central, celui d'une réforme des connaissances. Suivant les cheminements intellectuels et politiques de ce chercheur itinérant et passionné à travers l'Europe, l'Est, l'Amérique latine ou les États-Unis, ce...

  15. Safety Training: Sensibilisation aux gestes et postures de travail

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    2004-01-01

    Nous vous proposons un nouveau cours de sécurité lié aux manutentions manuelles (durée 1 jour) : Sensibilisation aux gestes et postures de travail. Si vous êtes amené à manipuler régulièrement des charges lourdes ou volumineuses, cette formation peut vous aider à prévenir les lésions musculaires ou dorsales. A l'issue de cette formation, vous serez capable d'adopter et d'appliquer les principes de base de sécurité physique et d'économie d'efforts dans les manipulations d'objets. Les cours sont pris en charge par la Commission de Sécurité. L'inscription EDH est obligatoire. Pour plus d'information, veuillez consulter les pages Formation & Développement (Groupe Sécurité). Formation & Développement (Groupe Sécurité) FORMATION EN SECURITE SAFETY TRAINING Laetitia Laddada 73811 - 79236 sa...

  16. Safety Training: Sensibilisation aux gestes et postures de travail

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    2004-01-01

    If you wish to participate in one of the following courses, please discuss with your supervisor and apply electronically directly from the course description pages that can be found on the Web at: http://www.cern.ch/Training/ or fill in an 'application for training' form available from your Divisional Secretariat or from your DTO (Divisional Training Officer). Applications will be accepted in the order of their receipt. Nous vous proposons un nouveau cours de sécurité lié aux manutentions manuelles (durée 1 jour) : Sensibilisation aux gestes et postures de travail. Si vous êtes amené à manipuler régulièrement des charges lourdes ou volumineuses, cette formation peut vous aider à prévenir les lésions musculaires ou dorsales. A l'issue de cette formation, vous serez capable d'adopter et d'appliquer les principes de base de sécurité physique et d'économie d'efforts dans les manipulations...

  17. Safety Training: Sensibilisation aux gestes et postures de travail

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    Laetitia Laddada

    2004-01-01

    >Nous vous proposons un nouveau cours de sécurité lié aux manutentions manuelles (durée 1 jour) : Sensibilisation aux gestes et postures de travail. Si vous êtes amené à manipuler régulièrement des charges lourdes ou volumineuses, cette formation peut vous aider à prévenir les lésions musculaires ou dorsales. A l'issue de cette formation, vous serez capable d'adopter et d'appliquer les principes de base de sécurité physique et d'économie d'efforts dans les manipulations d'objets. Les cours sont pris en charge par la Commission de Sécurité. L'inscription EDH est obligatoire. Pour plus d'information, veuillez consulter les pages Formation & Développement (Groupe Sécurité). Formation & Développement (Groupe Sécurité) FORMATION EN SECURITE SAFETY TRAINING Laetitia Laddada 73811 - 79236 s...

  18. Safety Training: Sensibilisation aux gestes et postures de travail

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    Laetitia Laddada

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    Nous vous proposons un nouveau cours de sécurité lié aux manutentions manuelles (durée 1 jour) : Sensibilisation aux gestes et postures de travail. Si vous êtes amené à manipuler régulièrement des charges lourdes ou volumineuses, cette formation peut vous aider à prévenir les lésions musculaires ou dorsales. A l'issue de cette formation, vous serez capable d'adopter et d'appliquer les principes de base de sécurité physique et d'économie d'efforts dans les manipulations d'objets. Les cours sont pris en charge par la Commission de Sécurité. L'inscription EDH est obligatoire. Pour plus d'information, veuillez consulter les pages Formation & Développement (Groupe Sécurité). Formation & Développement (Groupe Sécurité) FORMATION EN SECURITE SAFETY TRAINING Laetitia Laddada 73811 - 79236 safety.training@cern.ch

  19. ETUDE DE LA STABILITE AUX PETITES PERTURBATIONS DANS LES GRANDS RESEAUX ELECTRIQUES : OPTIMISATION DE LA REGULATION PAR UNE METHODE METAHEURISTIQUE

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    Alkhatib, Hasan

    2008-01-01

    Depuis une vingtaine d'années, les grands réseaux électriques se trouvent obligés de fonctionner à pleine puissance et souvent aux limites de la stabilité. L'amélioration de la stabilité aux petites perturbations, en particulier l'amortissement des oscillations interrégionales, est donc devenue un objectif prioritaire. Les interactions entre les générateurs de différentes régions et les régulateurs utilisés nécessitent une optimisation globale de leurs performances : c'est le meilleur moyen p...

  20. Transition des soins curatifs aux soins palliatifs dans un contexte de soins intensifs dans le cadre des soins infirmiers

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    Grzywack, Maurine; Meyer, Margaux; Ventimiglia, Valérie; Charmillot, Pierre-Alain

    2016-01-01

    Buts : Le travail de Bachelor, comprenant une revue de littérature et d’articles probants, comporte les objectifs suivants : 1) Mettre en évidence les différentes perceptions infirmières liées à la mort dans le contexte de soins intensifs par rapport aux soins palliatifs. 2) Relever les difficultés, obstacles, rencontrés par les professionnels de la discipline infirmière dans un milieu très aigu concernant la transition des soins curatifs aux soins palliatifs. 3) Mettre en lumière les interve...

  1. Proposal for a Graded Authorisation Model for the Use of Ionising Radiation in Ireland

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    The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland RPII intends to refocus, streamline and modernise its regulation of the use of ionising radiation in Ireland. This report provides detailed proposals for establishing a graded approach to authorisation in which regulators will be able to focus on higher risk practices by simplifying requirements placed on those of lower risk, without compromising the safety or security of the Irish population. These proposals build on RPII strategic analyses that seek to navigate a course between the competing pressures of public sector reform and the rapid technological changes in medical and nuclear arenas, which challenge the licensing and advisory functions of RPII. A graded approach to authorisation provides the potential for a sustainable basis for future regulation in Ireland. Such an approach would be in line with the forthcoming EURATOM Basic Safety Standards and with general current regulatory trends, which are moving away from one-size-fits-all approaches towards more adaptive, interactive and transparent regulation. In seeking this reform, the RPII also aims to fully utilize the benefits of the internet and electronic communications and to improve the transparency of its processes. These proposals have been developed using a robust, comprehensive project methodology involving a root and branch analysis of current and potential future approaches to authorisation. A series of facilitated workshops were held, punctuated by intensive periods of focused co-enquiry, involving all members of the RPII Regulatory Service. This approach made the fullest use of the decades of expertise and knowledge of these staff. It also provided the platform for developing a common vision of a graded approach to authorisation; for agreeing the criteria for differentiating between levels of authorisation; for collecting the necessary evidence for decision-making and for identifying the implications of these decisions. The graded approach presented

  2. Non-targeted effects of ionising radiation - A challenge to the current radiobiological paradigm

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    A basic paradigm in radiobiology is that, after exposure to ionising radiation, the deposition of energy in the cell nucleus and the resulting damage to DNA, the primary target, are responsible for the harmful biological effects of radiation. The radiation-induced changes are thought to be fixed already in the first cell division following the radiation exposure and health effects are considered to result as a consequence of clonal proliferation of cells carrying mutations in specific genes. Since the initial damage induced in DNA has been shown to be directly proportional to dose, risk is also considered to be directly proportional to dose. Risk from multiple exposures is considered to be additive, and risk from high and low LET radiation exposure is assumed to be qualitatively the same. These assumptions are incorporated into the Linear-No-Threshold (LNT) Hypothesis that is used in all radiation protection practices. A range of evidence has now emerged that challenges the universality of the target theory of radiation induced effects. These effects have also been termed 'non-(DNA)-targeted' and include radiation-induced bystander effects, genomic instability, adaptive response, low-dose hyper-radiosensitivity, abscopal (out-of-field) effects of radiotherapy, clastogenic factors, delayed reproductive death and induction of genes by radiation. Essential features of non-targeted effects are that they do not require direct nuclear exposure by radiation and they are particularly significant at low doses. This new evidence suggests a need for a new paradigm in radiation biology. The new paradigm should cover both the classical (targeted) and the non-targeted effects. New aspects include the role of cellular communication and tissue-level responses. A better understanding of non-targeted effects may have important consequences on the health risk assessment and, consequently, on radiation protection. The non-targeted effects may contribute to the estimation of cancer

  3. Cytogenetic studies on the effect of ionising radiation by solid-stain and FISH techniques

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    Full text: The effect of overexposures to very low doses of ionising radiation (IR) have been analysed to evaluate the basal frequency of aberrations using conventional solid-stain and FISH painting techniques. In these studies a significantly higher background frequency respect to a control group was only observed for acentric fragments. For translocations FISH detected, in spite of an slight increase in the exposed population, no significant differences were observed. This result is related to the wide range in the basal frequency of translocations, that contrasts with the reported observations for dicentrics. The implications in bio-dosimetry studies using translocations is discussed. Other studies carried out to evaluate the effect of low dose exposures have been focussed to evaluate the existence of an adaptive response induced by occupational exposures. For this reason lymphocyte treatments in G0 with IR and in G2 with bleomycin have been studied. In these studies significant lower frequencies, in the occupationally exposed group respect to controls, were observed for dicentrics and chromatid breaks respectively. Implications on the inter-individual susceptibility to clastogenic agents, and implications on the bio-dosimetry studies are discussed. Before the elaboration of dose-effect curves using FISH painting techniques, it was analysed the relative chromosome involvement in the radio-induced chromosome aberrations. For this purpose samples from a female and a male were irradiated at 3 and 5 Gy respectively, in both experiments chromosomes were analysed one by one independently. The results indicated that smaller chromosomes are more involved and larger less than expected due to their relative DNA content. Taking into account these results and the different chromosome morphology, to obtain calibration data using FISH techniques, chromosomes 1, 4 and 11 were selected. The coefficients obtained are similar with those obtained by solid stained dicentric

  4. Profile of gene expression induced by ionising radiation in human CD4+ T lymphocytes

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    Full text: Radiation-induced damage leads to different cellular responses including apoptosis, cell cycle arrest and transformation. Complex signalling pathways, some of which depend on the p53 status, regulate these responses. In an attempt to get more insight into the molecular mechanisms leading to radiation effects, several recent studies have used microarrays to analyse global gene regulation in peripheral blood lymphocytes. Few genes have been found to be modulated by ionising radiation. Interestingly, some genes have been identified as possible biomarkers of past exposure to radiation (Amundson, 2000; Kang, 2003). In this study, we further explored the cellular and molecular responses to radiation of different hematopoietic cell sub-populations. As a first step, we evaluated the response to irradiation of CD4+ T lymphocytes isolated from blood of three healthy donors. CD4+ T lymphocytes (97% purity), were irradiated ex vivo with 0.01, 0.1 and 1 Gy X-rays (250 kV- 15mA, 1mm Cu) and studied after 2, 8, 24 and 48h following radiation exposure. Apoptosis, measured as ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) activity and sub G1 peak, increased with dose, becoming statistically significant only after 1 Gy. Programmed cell death also increased gradually with time after exposure, culminating at 25% 48 hours after 1Gy exposure. The patterns of gene induction over time and dose were tested by real-time quantitative RT-PCR on a limited number of candidate genes. One of these genes, DDB2 (DNA Damage Binding protein 2), was activated by 0.1Gy and 1Gy. Its activation was maximal after 1 Gy irradiation at 8h, averaging 8-9 fold for all three donors, and decreased at later time-points (24h and 48h). This dose and time-point were chosen for a large-scale gene expression analysis. cDNA from irradiated samples and sham controls were labelled with two different fluorochromes, mixed and hybridized to glass slide microarrays containing +/- 13.800 different human cDNAs spotted in duplicate

  5. How reliable are chromosomal aberration assays as bio markers of individual towards ionising radiation?

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    Full text: Biomarkers of susceptibility or sensitivity towards ionising radiation can be important for the identification of individuals that may be at increased risk for the development of cancer after occupational, environmental or medical exposures. It is essential that these biomarkers have certain traits in order to be effective indicators of sensitivity. They should be specific, sensitive and reliable. Possible candidates for biomarkers of radiosensitivity are chromosomal aberrations. It has been shown that the induction of chromatid aberrations after irradiation of lymphocytes in G2 phase of the cell cycle and the induction of MN after irradiation in Go both allow discrimination between normal individuals and patients with cancer prone genetic diseases. In this study we investigated the inter- and intra- individual variation of the MN assay and the G2 assay in irradiated lymphocytes to assess their suitability as biomarkers of susceptibility. For this, the G2 assay and the MN assay were performed on blood samples of 10 healthy individuals. For the MN assay Go lymphocytes were exposed to 3.5 Gy Co γ-rays either at high dose-rate (HDR) and stimulated immediately or with 6h delay (DS) or at low dose-rate (LDR). For the G2 assay lymphocytes were irradiated with a dose of 0.4 Gy Co γ-rays in G2 phase of the cell cycle. Two individuals were assayed 9 times each in nine different experiments over a time period of 1 year. All samples were analysed by 2 scorers and no significant differences between them were observed using a paired t-test. The repeat experiments on blood samples of the same donor revealed that the inter-experimental/intra-individual coefficients of variation were not significantly different from the inter-individual coefficients of variation in both G2 and MN assay. As the intra-individual variability determines the assay reproducibility this would indicate that the assays are not able to detect real, reproducible differences in radiation

  6. Letter: characterisation and identification of spermine and spermidine derivatives in Microdesmis keayana and Microdesmis puberula roots by electrospray ionisation tandem mass spectrometry and high-performance liquid chromatography/electrospray ionisation tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Roumy, Vincent; Hennebelle, Thierry; Zamblé, Alexis; Zamblé Yao, Jacques; Sahpaz, Sevser; Bailleul, François

    2008-01-01

    Three new N(1),N(5),N(14)-tris(4- hydroxycinnamoyl)spermines were identified in hydromethanolic root extracts of Microdesmis keayana J. Léonard and Microdesmis puberula Hook f. The electrospray ionisation tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS) technique with specific nuclear magnetic resonance analysis of hydrolysed products made it possible to identify N(1),N(5),N(14)-tris(p-coumaroyl)spermine, N(1)-feruloyl,N(5),N(14)-di(p-coumaroyl)spermine and N(1),N(5),N(14)-tris(feruloyl)spermine, named keayanines B, C and D, respectively. ESI-MS/MS analysis most effectively provided structural data although high-performance liquid chromatography/electrospray ionisation tandem mass spectrometry was also used to characterise four other compounds from Microdesmis puberula-keayanidines A, B, C and keayanine A-which had already been identified in M. keayana. This chemical data is the first to be published for M. puberula which is a commonly used plant in Central African traditional medicine. PMID:18493101

  7. Réguler pour contrôler le développement de la résistance aux pesticides (La durabilité de la sensibilité des bioagresseurs aux pesticides et aux variétés résistantes)

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    Stefan Ambec; Marion Desquilbet

    2011-01-01

    L’utilisation de pesticides et l’introduction de variétés résistantes à certains bioagresseurs (insectes, champignons, virus, bactéries) en agriculture exercent une pression de sélection sur ces populations de bioagresseurs. Au cours du temps, l’efficacité de ces technologies peut diminuer si des résistances (aux pesticides ou aux variétés résistantes) se développent. La durabilité des pesticides et des variétés résistantes est donc en grande partie tributaire de leur utilisation. Plus une te...

  8. Répondre aux suds : imaginaires et défis géopolitiques aux frontières du nord : cas du maroc et du mexique.

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    Philippe Sierra

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Maroc et Mexique sont deux Etats qui ont construit depuis une quinzaine d’années un nouveau discours et de nouvelles politiques pour valoriser leur proximité au « Nord ». Alena et Mexamérique d’un côté, quasi intégration au marché européen et péninsule tingitane de l’autre, sont devenues des lignes majeures des discours gouvernementaux. Cette valorisation des nords a provoqué une nouvelle vision des territoires nationaux, dans laquelle il faut répondre aux inquiétudes des suds, éloignés et sources de problèmes géopolitique tant au Mexique (la rébellion néo-zapatiste au Chiapas qu’au Maroc (le Sahara occidental. Cet article tente de montrer comment à travers les nouveaux plans de développement mis en place par les Etats pour répondre différemment à leurs inquiétudes, de nouvelles représentations géopolitiques révélatrices des « imaginaires du sud » se mettent en place auxquelles répondent des populations en soif d’identité.

  9. Assessing the surroundings for effects of ionising radiation on the granting of permits, DOVIS A. Emissions to air and water

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    In the Netherlands, as in most other countries, one generally needs a permit to produce (including the manufacture, processing, control and storage), to apply or to dispose of radioactive materials, or to use equipment that produces ionising radiation. This permit must be in accordance with the Nuclear Energy Act. Limits that are set for radioactive material can be found in the Decree on radiation protection ('Besluit stralings-bescherming') which has been in force since March 1, 2002. Along with the application for a permit, calculation results have to be submitted on the radiation dose that members of the public receive as a consequence of (possible) emissions of radioactive material (into the atmosphere or surface water) or as a consequence of external irradiation. Fairly rough estimates, based on simple rules, will often be satisfactory. These rules can be found in an annex of a Ministerial Order on the assessment of consequences of ionising radiation (mr-AGIS). However, in some cases this will not be adequate, for instance, where there are specific exposure pathways or when a certain specific pre-set criterion is not met. A more detailed assessment is needed in these cases. This report describes this more detailed assessment procedure as far as it concerns (possible) emissions of radioactive material into the atmosphere or surface water. Another report (DOVIS-B), produced by the Nuclear Research and consultancy Group (NRG), discusses the exposure to external radiation from radioactive sources or installations

  10. Internet-based ICRP resource for healthcare providers on the risks and benefits of medical imaging that uses ionising radiation.

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    Demeter, S; Applegate, K E; Perez, M

    2016-06-01

    The purpose of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) Committee 3 Working Party was to update the 2001 web-based module 'Radiation and your patient: a guide for medical practitioners' from ICRP. The key elements of this task were: to clearly identify the target audience (such as healthcare providers with an emphasis on primary care); to review other reputable sources of information; and to succinctly publish the contribution made by ICRP to the various topics. A 'question-and-answer' format addressing practical topics was adopted. These topics included benefits and risks of imaging using ionising radiation in common medical situations, as well as pertaining to specific populations such as pregnant, breast-feeding, and paediatric patients. In general, the benefits of medical imaging and related procedures far outweigh the potential risks associated with ionising radiation exposure. However, it is still important to ensure that the examinations are clinically justified, that the procedure is optimised to deliver the lowest dose commensurate with the medical purpose, and that consideration is given to diagnostic reference levels for particular classes of examinations. PMID:27012846

  11. Assessing the surroundings for effects of ionising radiation on the granting of permits, DOVIS A. Emissions to air and water

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    Blaauboer, R O

    2002-01-01

    In the Netherlands, as in most other countries, one generally needs a permit to produce (including the manufacture, processing, control and storage), to apply or to dispose of radioactive materials, or to use equipment that produces ionising radiation. This permit must be in accordance with the Nuclear Energy Act. Limits that are set for radioactive material can be found in the Decree on radiation protection ('Besluit stralings-bescherming') which has been in force since March 1, 2002. Along with the application for a permit, calculation results have to be submitted on the radiation dose that members of the public receive as a consequence of (possible) emissions of radioactive material (into the atmosphere or surface water) or as a consequence of external irradiation. Fairly rough estimates, based on simple rules, will often be satisfactory. These rules can be found in an annex of a Ministerial Order on the assessment of consequences of ionising radiation (mr-AGIS). However, in some cases this will not be ade...

  12. Radio-oxidation of an EPDM elastomer under weak or strong ionising radiations: measurement and modelling of dioxygen consumption

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    Usually, the irradiation of polymers under ionising radiations occurs in air that is in the presence of oxygen. This leads to a radio oxidation process and to oxygen consumption. Our material is an EPDM elastomer (ethylene propylene 1,4 hexadiene) used as insulator in control-command cables in nuclear plants (Pressurised Water Reactor). A specific device has been conceived and built up during this PhD work for measuring very small oxygen consumptions with an accuracy of around 10%. Ionising radiations used are electrons at 1 MeV and carbon ions at 11 MeV per nucleon. Under both electron and ion irradiations, the influence of oxygen pressure on oxygen consumption has been studied in a very large range: between 1 and 200 mbar. In both cases, the yield of oxygen consumption is constant in-between 200 and 5 mbar. Then, at lower pressures, it decreases appreciably. On the other hand, the oxygen consumption during ion irradiation is four times smaller than during electron irradiation. This emphasizes the role of the heterogeneity of the energy deposition at a nano-metric scale. The adjustment of the experimental results obtained during electron irradiation with the general homogeneous steady-state kinetic model has allowed extracting all the values of the kinetic parameters for the chosen mechanism of radio oxidation. The knowledge of these numbers will allow us to face our results obtained during ion irradiation with a heterogeneous kinetic model under development. (author)

  13. Solvent Separating Secondary Metabolites Directly from Biosynthetic Tissue for Surface-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionisation Mass Spectrometry

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    David Rudd

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Marine bioactive metabolites are often heterogeneously expressed in tissues both spatially and over time. Therefore, traditional solvent extraction methods benefit from an understanding of the in situ sites of biosynthesis and storage to deal with heterogeneity and maximize yield. Recently, surface-assisted mass spectrometry (MS methods namely nanostructure-assisted laser desorption ionisation (NALDI and desorption ionisation on porous silicon (DIOS surfaces have been developed to enable the direct detection of low molecular weight metabolites. Since direct tissue NALDI-MS or DIOS-MS produce complex spectra due to the wide variety of other metabolites and fragments present in the low mass range, we report here the use of “on surface” solvent separation directly from mollusc tissue onto nanostructured surfaces for MS analysis, as a mechanism for simplifying data annotation and detecting possible artefacts from compound delocalization during the preparative steps. Water, ethanol, chloroform and hexane selectively extracted a range of choline esters, brominated indoles and lipids from Dicathais orbita hypobranchial tissue imprints. These compounds could be quantified on the nanostructured surfaces by comparison to standard curves generated from the pure compounds. Surface-assisted MS could have broad utility for detecting a broad range of secondary metabolites in complex marine tissue samples.

  14. The development of a low-pressure proportional chamber for particle detection in ion-X-ray-coincidence experiments and a study of inner shell differential ionisation probabilities

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    The ionisation chamber is based on design principles of the chambers used in high energy physics. With a low mass coverage of less than 1 mg/cm2 heavy ions (Z>20) with energies higher than 10 MeV can be detected in both spacial directions. Experiments have been performed to measure the K-shell ionisation probability and to study the quasi-molecular L-radiation, in the case of which structures in the differential emission cross-sections have been observed. In addition, by double differential measurements the formation of short-lifed molecular states can be studied. (DG)

  15. Planification successorale : les avancées du Règlement européen relatif aux successions

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    Wautelet, Patrick

    2012-01-01

    Cette présentation a pour objectif de mettre en exergue les grands principes retenus par le Règlement européen relatif aux successions. Pour ce faire, les règles européennes sont contrastées avec le cadre juridique actuel.

  16. Field studies on long term ecosystem consequences of ionising radiation and chemical pollutants (EANOR Project)

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    -barcoding, invertebrate DNA barcoding, DNA methylation, and other molecular endpoints is ongoing, together with studies of possible adaptation of plants, invertebrates and microorganisms. Preliminary results show significant differences in diversity for many species between contaminated and reference sites. However, more research is needed to draw conclusions about the cause of such observations. Nevertheless, by combining a through site characterisation and exposure assessment with a variety of ecologically relevant biomarker and endpoint measurements, the data produced should be a valuable contribution to international activities looking at the impacts of chronic exposure of ionising radiation on non-human species. Project participants: Elena Belykh, Anna Kaneva, Boris Kondratenok, Alla Kolesnikova, Alexey Kurdin, Tatinana Majstrenko, Taskayeva Anastasia Oleshya Vakhrusheva, Illa Velegzhaninov, Vladimir Zainullin (IoB, Komi Republic, Russia); S. Haciyakupoglu (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey); Rahime Oral, Sabriye Yusan, Filiz Gur Filiz (Ege University, Turkey); Murat Belivermis, Onder Kilic (Istanbul University, Turkey); Fatma Kocbas (Celal Bayar University, Turkey); Mustafa Akiner, (Rize University, Turkey); Claire Coutris, Erik Joner (Bioforsk, Norway); Turid Hertel-Aas, Emmanuel Lapied, Yevgeniya Tomkiv, Brit Salbu, Lindis Skipperud (Centre for Environmental Radioactivity, UMB, Norway). Document available in abstract form only. (authors)

  17. Field studies on long term ecosystem consequences of ionising radiation and chemical pollutants (EANOR Project)

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    Oughton, D. [Centre for Environmental Radioactivity - CERAD (Norway); Evseeva, T. [Institute of Biology RAS (Russian Federation); Erenturk, S. [Istanbul Technical University (Turkey)

    2014-07-01

    -barcoding, invertebrate DNA barcoding, DNA methylation, and other molecular endpoints is ongoing, together with studies of possible adaptation of plants, invertebrates and microorganisms. Preliminary results show significant differences in diversity for many species between contaminated and reference sites. However, more research is needed to draw conclusions about the cause of such observations. Nevertheless, by combining a through site characterisation and exposure assessment with a variety of ecologically relevant biomarker and endpoint measurements, the data produced should be a valuable contribution to international activities looking at the impacts of chronic exposure of ionising radiation on non-human species. Project participants: Elena Belykh, Anna Kaneva, Boris Kondratenok, Alla Kolesnikova, Alexey Kurdin, Tatinana Majstrenko, Taskayeva Anastasia Oleshya Vakhrusheva, Illa Velegzhaninov, Vladimir Zainullin (IoB, Komi Republic, Russia); S. Haciyakupoglu (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey); Rahime Oral, Sabriye Yusan, Filiz Gur Filiz (Ege University, Turkey); Murat Belivermis, Onder Kilic (Istanbul University, Turkey); Fatma Kocbas (Celal Bayar University, Turkey); Mustafa Akiner, (Rize University, Turkey); Claire Coutris, Erik Joner (Bioforsk, Norway); Turid Hertel-Aas, Emmanuel Lapied, Yevgeniya Tomkiv, Brit Salbu, Lindis Skipperud (Centre for Environmental Radioactivity, UMB, Norway). Document available in abstract form only. (authors)

  18. Chapitre 4. La Russie face aux révoltes libyenne et syrienne

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    De Tinguy, Anne

    2014-01-01

    Résumé : Face aux soulèvements dans le monde arabe, la Russie a glissé d’une attitude de compréhension à une prise de distance avec les stratégies adoptées par la majorité des États occidentaux et arabes, d’abord dans le cas libyen mais surtout dans le dossier syrien. Dans ses choix, la diplomatie russe est aussi bien guidée par des considérations stratégiques régionales (appui à un partenaire de longue date, ventes d’armes, facilités navales à Tartous, peur d’avoir à ses frontières un « seco...

  19. Goa aux portes des métropoles. Communautés transnationales et musique techno

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    Boutouyrie, Eric

    2011-01-01

    Il s’agit dans cette contribution de montrer et de comprendre comment Goa fut le lieu d’une double invention au milieu des années 1980 : celle d’un courant musical de la mouvance techno (la « Psychedelic Trance » ou « Goatrance ») et celle de manifestations spatiales inédites (les « parties trance ») reproduites de nos jours aux quatre coins du globe. Dans un contexte postcolonial caractérisé, entre autres, par un métissage des sonorités, l’émergence d’une culture mondiale et un repli identit...

  20. Report on nuclear safety and transparency 2011 - Fontenay-aux-Roses CEA centre

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    After a brief presentation of the Fontenay-aux-Roses CEA centre, this report indicates the different safety measures in the different nuclear base installations (INB) of this site (measures related to different risks, to emergency situations, to inspections and audits). It describes measures related to radiation protection: organisation, dosimetry results. It presents the different significant events which occurred in 2011 and were declared to the ASN. It discusses the results of measurements of liquid, gaseous and chemical releases from the installations and their impact on the environment. It addresses the radioactive waste management (measures to limit their volume and to limit their impact on health and on the environment, notably on water and soils, type and quantities of wastes stored in INBs). It presents the different measures and actions related to information transparency