Progress of Cryogenics and Isotopes Separation , ISSN: 1582-2575
2010, Volume 13, Issue 2

Gamma Radiation Absorption Study on Cryogenic Multilayer Insulation

Sorin Gherghinescu *

National Institute for Research and Development for Cryogenics and Isotopic Technologies - ICIT Rm. Valcea, Uzinei Street no. 4, P.O. Box Raureni 7, 240050, Ramnicu Valcea, Romania

*Corresponding author: Sorin Gherghinescu, E-mail:

Published: October 2010


Photon radiation is a high energy flow, resulting from the radioactive decay of nuclei. When passing through a substance, γ radiation interacts with atomic nuclei, with free electrons and bound electrons. Phenomena that can occur from these interactions are:

- Photoelectric effect

- Compton effect

- Generation of electron-positron pairs.

They have the effect of initial γ radiation attenuation. The degree of attenuation of radiation intensity depends on the nature of the γ radiation and crossed the absorbent layer. Law of variation of γ radiation intensity is thick substance: I = I0e-μx

where: I - intensity of initial radiation, I - intensity of radiation that passed through the layer of substance, x - thickness of the absorbing substance, μ- radiation absorption coefficient of the substance.

Paper aims to determine the half-value layer (HVL) of the few materials that can be used in multilayer insulation, compared with other material properties for effective application in different temperature conditions.


Photon radiation, half-value layer, multilayer insulation.

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