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?
Radioactive elements don't glow by themselves. However, the radiation emitted from them can cause other chemicals to fluoresce.