Tritium, a radioactive isotope of the element Hydrogen, continues to leak from nearly every civilian site of nuclear power generation. The concern with Tritium is that it bonds with Oxygen and easily enters the biosphere as a radioactive water molecule which then emits ionizing Alpha particles where ever it travels, or lodges.
“So far, the Japanese authorities have maintained that there is “no cause to fear a major nuclear accident”.” –Guardian, March 18 2011
The more research I do, the more depressing the results. The article below (linked to its source) was published in 2010. In terms of radioactive half-life four years does not make a difference.
Googling “radiation leak Hanford” will return enough entries to make anyone’s head spin. Hanford is not the only nuclear waste site in the United States. The EPA references over a thousand nuclear waste sites in the United States alone. Projecting this on a global scale boggles the mind.
I can’t help but wonder if the general plan from the 1940s until today(?) has been, “let’s take the money now and let those guys in the future figure things out.”
Bummer for us is that we are those guys.
I was curious as to what effects different types of ionizing radiation would have on transistor die so I cut open two TO3 packages to test first hand. Even if the these die will not be sensitive enough to use as ionizing radiation detectors, they are still interesting to study and to experiment with; including to determine at what level/strength of EMP will cause them to fail.
|Generating radiation to test sensing circuits to use in my wearable ionizing radiation detector is not without some issues. The two ways that I know to solve problems are to either throw as much money at it until arriving at a solution or figure out other ways to solve the problem that don’t cost a lot of money. Option one has never been much of an option.|
|The high voltage feedthrough is one such obstacle in the process of cobbling together a vacuum system. The Kurt Lesker Company engineers and manufactures high-quality vacuum accessories. Their feedthroughs rated for 13 A at 12kv and made from Molybdenum start at $590.|
|An $11 Champion spark plug should work for my application.|
|When researching my solution I came across the interesting image below. One thing I have learned over the years is that I am far more likely to receive the information that I need from knowledgeable sources if it sounds like I know something about what it is that I am asking after.|
|Just as a postscript, one would think that Ford Motor Company would know about spark plugs.
This story suggests otherwise.
Terrific lecture on the brilliant Sir William Crookes!