Definition of characteristic radiation in English:

characteristic radiation


mass noun
  • Radiation consisting of wavelengths which are peculiar to the element which emits them.

    • ‘The purpose of X-ray fluorescence is to determine chemical elements both qualitatively and quantitatively by measuring their characteristic radiation.’
    • ‘The peaks of characteristic radiation of each element can be seen at their own places on the energy scale.’
    • ‘In addition to the characteristic radiation, a continuous radiation spectrum of low intensity is produced ranging from a very low energy to the maximum kV-peak setting.’
    • ‘It is known that when some materials are excited with nucleonic radiation, such as X-rays, the radiation is absorbed causing the material to emit characteristic radiation during the time of radiation absorption.’
    • ‘If several metals are present in the target, each will emit its characteristic radiation independently.’