secondary radiation


Definition of secondary radiation

: radiation emitted by molecules or atoms after bombardment by a primary radiation

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Recent Examples on the Web Lunar workers would already by susceptible to harmful cosmic radiation raining down on them, but they would also be exposed to the secondary radiation generated during experiments. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Why We Should Really Put a Particle Accelerator on the Moon," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of secondary radiation

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Secondary radiation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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