Tables of X-Ray Mass Attenuation Coefficients and Mass Energy-Absorption Coefficients
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ABSTRACT This page provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) presents tables and graphs of the photon mass attenuation coefficient and the mass energy-absorption coefficient for all of the elements Z = 1 to 92, and for 48 compounds and mixtures of radiological interest. The tables cover energies of the photon (x-ray, gamma ray, bremsstrahlung) from 1 keV to 20 MeV. The compilation is intended to be used as reference data in radiation shielding and dosimetry computations.

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    • "This attenuation compares well to that provided by the iodine in conventional diagnostic x-ray applications (Miles et al 2007). The linear attenuation coefficient of the QD material is estimated to be 13 times greater than that of PFOB under the x-ray beam conditions in the study (Hubbell and Seltzer 2004, Boone et al 1997). However, at 20 μM, their concentration is very low and the dissolved QDs only displace a volume fraction of PFOB equivalent to about 7.9 × 10 −5 of a unit volume (spherical QDs assumed). "
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    • "Fitting provided by Eq. 4 to tabulated data on µ w from [29] "
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    Construction and Building Materials 11/2012; 36:419–429. DOI:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2012.04.126 · 2.27 Impact Factor
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    • "above the iodine Ka edge at 33.169 keV). Data for this figure come from transformed (Zhou & Brahme, 2008) X-ray mass-attenuation coefficients (Hubbell & Seltzer, 2004). "
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