scintillation counter
  • noun a machine that detects and counts the flashes of light produced when high-energy ionising radiation strikes a phosphorescent substance
  • A radiation counter which incorporates a scintillation material. As ionizing particles strike said material, the emitted bursts of light are detected by a photomultiplier tube. The output of said tube is then analyzed to determine the level of activity. Used, for instance, for the detection of high-energy photons such as X-rays or gamma rays. Also called scintillator (2), scintillation detector, scintillation meter, scintillator detector, scintillator counter, or scintillometer.
  • synonym scintillation detector
  • synonym scintillation meter
  • synonym scintillator
  • synonym scintillator counter
  • synonym scintillator detector

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