Radiation Counter

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Basic Radiation Counter
Type Sensory Aid
Tech Level TL–5
Cost Cr250
Size 5 liters
Weight 1kg
Radiation Counter
Type Sensory Aid
Tech Level TL–8
Cost Cr100
Size 0.5 liters
Weight 0.2 kg
Manufacturer Various
Advanced Radiation Counter
Type Sensory Aid
Tech Level TL–10
Cost Cr100
Size 0.1 liters
Weight 0.1 kg
Manufacturer Various

A Radiation Counter is a passive sensor indicating the presence and intensity of radioactivity in the immediate vicinity. It may form part of a Ship Sensor Suite.

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 the levels of radioactivity rises 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 generally set to ignore normal background radiation.

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.