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Radioactivity/glowing in the dark

 
 
Equus
 
Reply Mon 22 Sep, 2008 05:01 pm
Popular culture would have us believe that all highly radioactive materials glow in the dark. I don't believe this is true. I'm not talking about fluorescence under black light, just general darkness. Can anyone confirm this?

If someone placed a large chunk of, say, Plutonium on my desk, would I realize it before I came down with radiation poisoning?
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Reply Mon 22 Sep, 2008 05:14 pm
@Equus,
Radioactive elements don't glow by themselves. However, the radiation emitted from them can cause other chemicals to fluoresce.
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