Attenuation length

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In physics, the attenuation length or absorption length is the distance into a material when the probability has dropped to that a particle has not been absorbed. Alternatively, if there is a beam of particles incident on the material, the attenuation length is the distance where the intensity of the beam has dropped to , or about 63% of the particles have been stopped.

Mathematically, the probability of finding a particle at depth x into the material is calculated by Beer-Lambert law:

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In general is material and energy dependent.

See also

References

  • S. Eidelman et al. [Particle Data Group], Review of particle physics, Phys. Lett. B 592 (2004) (http://pdg.lbl.gov/)
  • http://www.ct.infn.it/~rivel/Glossario/node2.html

External links

  • http://henke.lbl.gov/optical_constants/atten2.html
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