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Can electronic devices withstand gamma radiation?


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2010-07-27 16:11:49
2010-07-27 16:11:49

Sophisticated electronics can be damaged by ionizing radiation, but the amount of radiation needed before electronics stop working is quite high. For example, a digital video camera could operate near used nuclear fuel, which emits enough radiation for lethal doses in very short time periods, for a year or more before it would stop working. A common radiation source, like any natural source or a calibration standard, couldn't even wreck a digital wristwatch if you left it there forever.


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