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{{InfoboxGoods
 
{{InfoboxGoods
 
|name    = Basic Radiation Counter
 
|name    = Basic Radiation Counter
|Type   = Sensory aid
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|caption = Sensor Device
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|cost   = [[Cr]]250
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|footnote=
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|group  = Monitoring Device
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|image  = [[File: Imperial Sunburst-Sun-IISS-Traveller.gif]]
 
|TL      = 5
 
|TL      = 5
|size    = 5.0 ltrs
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|size    = 5.0 liters
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|Type    = Sensor Equipment
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|Volume  = 5.0 liters
 
|weight  = 1.0 kg
 
|weight  = 1.0 kg
|cost    = Cr250
 
|footnote=
 
 
|manufacturer= Various
 
|manufacturer= Various
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{InfoboxGoods
 
{{InfoboxGoods
 
|name    = Radiation Counter
 
|name    = Radiation Counter
|Type    = Sensory aid
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|Type    = Sensor Equipment
 
|TL      = 8
 
|TL      = 8
|size    = 0.5 ltrs
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|size    = 0.5 liters
 
|weight  = 0.2 kg
 
|weight  = 0.2 kg
 
|cost    = Cr100
 
|cost    = Cr100
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{{InfoboxGoods
 
{{InfoboxGoods
 
|name    = Advanced Radiation Counter
 
|name    = Advanced Radiation Counter
|Type    = Sensory aid
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|Type    = Sensor Equipment
 
|TL      = 10
 
|TL      = 10
|size    = 0.1 ltrs
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|size    = 0.1 liters
 
|weight  = 0.1 kg
 
|weight  = 0.1 kg
 
|cost    = Cr100
 
|cost    = Cr100
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* It is a type of [[sensor]].
 
* It is a type of [[sensor]].
 
* It may form part of a [[Ship Sensor Suite]].
 
* It may form part of a [[Ship Sensor Suite]].
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== Description / Specifications ==
 
== Description / Specifications ==
 
A radiation counter is used to detect radioactive emissions, most commonly beta particles and gamma rays. It can be preset to give a warning signal if levels of radioactivity rise to dangerous levels. Readouts are given in specifics for (and in terms of danger to) the [[Sophont]] species that created the device: most commonly this readout is preset to safe human tolerances.
 
A radiation counter is used to detect radioactive emissions, most commonly beta particles and gamma rays. It can be preset to give a warning signal if levels of radioactivity rise to dangerous levels. Readouts are given in specifics for (and in terms of danger to) the [[Sophont]] species that created the device: most commonly this readout is preset to safe human tolerances.
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=== Detection ===
 
=== Detection ===
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The rad is a unit of absorbed radiation dose, defined as 1 rad = 0.01 Gray = 0.01 J/kg.
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A radiation counter is generally set to ignore normal background radiation.
 
A radiation counter is generally set to ignore normal background radiation.
 
{|
 
{|
| align="right" | 25 || rad: || lowest dose to cause clinically observable blood changes
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| align="right" | 25 || rads: || lowest dose to cause clinically observable blood changes
 
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| align="right" | 200 || rad: || local dose for onset of erythema (reddened skin) in humans
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| align="right" | 200 || rads: || local dose for onset of erythema (reddened skin) in humans
 
|-
 
|-
| align="right" | 400 || rad: || acute radiation syndrome in humans
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| align="right" | 400 || rads: || acute radiation syndrome in humans
 
|-
 
|-
 
| align="right" | 1 || krad: || typical radiation tolerance of ordinary microchips
 
| align="right" | 1 || krad: || typical radiation tolerance of ordinary microchips
 
|-
 
|-
| align="right" | 6 || krad: || typical radiotherapy dose, locally applied
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| align="right" | 6 || krads: || typical radiotherapy dose, locally applied
 
|-
 
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| align="right" | 10 || krad: || rapid fatal whole-body dose  
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| align="right" | 10 || krads: || rapid fatal whole-body dose  
 
|-
 
|-
 
| align="right" | 1 || Mrad: || typical tolerance of radiation-hardened microchips
 
| align="right" | 1 || Mrad: || typical tolerance of radiation-hardened microchips
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== History & Background / Dossier ==
 
== History & Background / Dossier ==
 
Radiation Counters are available from [[TL-5]] onwards.
 
Radiation Counters are available from [[TL-5]] onwards.
* [[TL-6]] models are the size of a liter bottle, [[TL-8]] models are palm sized and [[TL-10]]+ models are the size of a wristwatch or less.
 
* Battery life is around 200 hours for [[TL-8]]- models, and several weeks for higher TL models.
 
  
The Advanced Radiation Counter is a wrist-mounted version designed to be worn on the person or attached to the exterior of a [[Vacc Suit]]. They have a digital readout and can be connected to computers for data analysis of radiation exposure.  
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Basic models of Radiation Counter are the size of a liter bottle, while more sophisticated models are typically palm-sized. The Advanced Radiation Counter is a wrist-mounted version designed to be worn on the person or attached to the exterior of a [[Vacc Suit]].
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* Battery life is around 200 hours for [[TL-8]] (or lower) models, and several weeks for more advanced models.
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* Radiation Counters have a visual readout. More advanced models can be connected to computers for data analysis of radiation exposure.
  
 
== References & Contributors / Sources ==
 
== References & Contributors / Sources ==

Latest revision as of 16:49, 4 October 2018

Basic Radiation Counter
Imperial Sunburst-Sun-IISS-Traveller.gif
Sensor Device
Also see
Cost Cr250
Size 5.0 liters
Type Sensor Equipment
Tech Level TL–5
Weight 1.0 kg
Manufacturer Various
Radiation Counter
Also see
Cost Cr100
Size 0.5 liters
Type Sensor Equipment
Tech Level TL–8
Weight 0.2 kg
Manufacturer Various
Advanced Radiation Counter
Also see
Cost Cr100
Size 0.1 liters
Type Sensor Equipment
Tech Level TL–10
Weight 0.1 kg
Manufacturer Various

A Radiation Counter indicates the presence and intensity of radioactivity in the immediate vicinity.

Description / Specifications[edit]

A radiation counter is used to detect radioactive emissions, most commonly beta particles and gamma rays. It can be preset to give a warning signal if levels of radioactivity rise to dangerous levels. Readouts are given in specifics for (and in terms of danger to) the Sophont species that created the device: most commonly this readout is preset to safe human tolerances.

Detection[edit]

The rad is a unit of absorbed radiation dose, defined as 1 rad = 0.01 Gray = 0.01 J/kg.

A radiation counter is generally set to ignore normal background radiation.

25 rads: lowest dose to cause clinically observable blood changes
200 rads: local dose for onset of erythema (reddened skin) in humans
400 rads: acute radiation syndrome in humans
1 krad: typical radiation tolerance of ordinary microchips
6 krads: typical radiotherapy dose, locally applied
10 krads: rapid fatal whole-body dose
1 Mrad: typical tolerance of radiation-hardened microchips

History & Background / Dossier[edit]

Radiation Counters are available from TL-5 onwards.

Basic models of Radiation Counter are the size of a liter bottle, while more sophisticated models are typically palm-sized. The Advanced Radiation Counter is a wrist-mounted version designed to be worn on the person or attached to the exterior of a Vacc Suit.

  • Battery life is around 200 hours for TL-8 (or lower) models, and several weeks for more advanced models.
  • Radiation Counters have a visual readout. More advanced models can be connected to computers for data analysis of radiation exposure.

References & Contributors / Sources[edit]

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.