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Posted: Mon May 27, 2002 8:00 am
by Richard Hester
Here's a mess of books that will educate and (sometimes) amuse...

John F. O'Hanlon - A User's Guide to Vacuum Technology, 2nd ed. - 1989
This book tells a lot of what you need to know about pumps, fluids, setup, troubleshoting, materials, etc. It's about the right mixture of theory and practice.

Harold Renne - AtomicRadiations and Measurement - 1955
This little book gives you a glance back in time at the state of the art in radiation measurement when some of us were still in diapers. The interesting feature of this book is that it sports schematics of a whole host of geiger and scintillation counters of the 50's, most of them still firmly based on tube technology. Check this one out to see just how simple a geiger counter can get.

Samuel Glasstone - Sourcebook on Atomic Energy - 1979
This is a catchall sort of book for everthing related to atomic energy. Don't expect too much gory detail, but the basics are just about all there...

W. D. Allen - Neutron Detectors - 1960
This book is a pretty complete treatment of the state of the art of neutron detection 40 years ago, including the infamous Hornyak button.

William Price - Nuclear Radiattion Detection, 2nd ed. - 1964
If you can't afford Knoll's excellent treatise on radiation detection, try finding this one. You get coverage on just about all the detectors of interest to the amateur experimenter, with a load of practical details.

Glasstone & Lovberg - Controlled Thermonuclear Reactions - 1960
Just the date will tell you a little something about this one. It was written back when Project Sherwood was in full swing, but before the Tokamak reared its ugly head. You will be amazed at the number of bizarre stunts that were tried in the pursuit of thermonuclear fusion. They're all in this book. Who knows, maybe you'll get a little inspiration from some out of the way project long forgotten...

Rossi & Staub - Ionization Chambers and Counters - 1949
Just what the title says...

Matheson Gas Data Book - If you want to mess with a strange gas, you need to read this book first. It covers prosaic materials along with the weird and deadly. You get the physical properties of materials, hazardous properties, first aid treatment, and advice on regulators and CGA connections. I'ts interesting and hair-raising reading.

Sarjeant & Dollinger - High Power Electronics - 1989
Here you have a survey book on everything you wanted to know about high power, high speed electronics, including thyratrons, spark gaps, pulse forming networks, power supplies, etc.

Glenn F. Knoll - Radiation Detection and Measurement, 3rd ed. 2000
If you have the money, this book is worth every penny. It covers every aspect of radiation detection except for ZnS proton recoil neutron detectors. Except for that little quibble, this book is the alpha and omega as far as radiation detection is concerned.

Last but not least, if you're looking for strange and out of print books (like most of the above), try They enable you to search through the inventories of literally hundreds of book sellers for both new and used books. One of the useful features is that they rank the books according to price, so that you can immediately see who is selling it cheapest...

Re: Potpourri

Posted: Wed Jan 08, 2003 4:01 pm
by Richard Hull
I can give a real thumbs up on the 4 books by 1.Price, 2. Knolls, 3. Rossi & Staubs, and 4. O'Hanlon as I own them and they are referenced often.

Richard Hull

'Ionization Chambers and Counters' available OnLine

Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:15 am
by ajmoir
Ionization Chambers and Counters