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Becquerel
Becquerel
Unit system SI derived unit
Unit of Radioactivity
Symbol Bq
Named after Henri Becquerel
In SI base units s-1

The becquerel (symbol: Bq) is the SI derived unit of radioactivity. One becquerel is defined as the activity of a quantity of radioactive material in which one nucleus decays per second. The becquerel is therefore equivalent to an inverse second, s-1. The becquerel is named after Henri Becquerel, who shared a Nobel Prize in Physics with Pierre and Marie Curie in 1903 for their work in discovering radioactivity.[1]

Capitalization

As with every International System of Units (SI) unit named for a person, the first letter of its symbol is uppercase (Bq). However, when an SI unit is spelled out in English, it should always begin with a lowercase letter (becquerel)--except in a situation where any word in that position would be capitalized, such as at the beginning of a sentence or in material using title case.[2]

Definition

1 Bq = 1 s-1

A special name was introduced for the reciprocal second (s-1) to represent radioactivity to avoid potentially dangerous mistakes with prefixes. For example, 1 µs-1 could be taken to mean 106 disintegrations per second: 1·(10-6 s)-1 = 106 s-1.[3] Other names considered were hertz (Hz), a special name already in use for the reciprocal second, and fourier (Fr).[3] The hertz is now only used for periodic phenomena.[4] Whereas 1 Hz is 1 cycle per second, 1 Bq is 1 aperiodic radioactivity event per second.

The gray (Gy) and the becquerel (Bq) were introduced in 1975.[5] Between 1953 and 1975, absorbed dose was often measured in rads. Decay activity was measured in curies before 1946 and often in rutherfords between 1946[6] and 1975.

Prefixes

Like any SI unit, Bq can be prefixed; commonly used multiples are kBq (kilobecquerel, 103 Bq), MBq (megabecquerel, 106 Bq, equivalent to 1 rutherford), GBq (gigabecquerel, 109 Bq), TBq (terabecquerel, 1012 Bq), and PBq (petabecquerel, 1015 Bq). For practical applications, 1 Bq is a small unit; therefore, the prefixes are common. For example, the roughly 0.0169 g of potassium-40 present in a typical human body produces approximately 4,400 disintegrations per second or 4.4 kBq of activity.[7] The global inventory of carbon-14 is estimated to be (8.5 EBq, 8.5 exabecquerel).[8] The nuclear explosion in Hiroshima (An explosion of 16 kt or 67 TJ) is estimated to have produced (8 YBq, 8 yottabecquerel).[9]

Relationship to the curie

The becquerel succeeded the curie (Ci),[10] an older, non-SI unit of radioactivity based on the activity of 1 gram of radium-226. The curie is defined as 3.7·1010 s-1, or 37 GBq.[3]

Conversion factors:

1 Ci = = 37 GBq
1 ?Ci = 37,000 Bq = 37 kBq
1 Bq = =
1 MBq = 0.027 mCi

Calculation of radioactivity

For a given mass (in grams) of an isotope with atomic mass (in g/mol) and a half-life of (in s), the amount of radioactivity can be calculated using:

With =6.022 141 79(30)×1023 mol-1, the Avogadro constant.

Since m/ma is the number of moles (n), the amount of radioactivity can be calculated by:

For instance, on average each gram of potassium contains 0.000117 gram of 40K (all other naturally occurring isotopes are stable) that has a of = ,[11] and has an atomic mass of 39.964 g/mol,[12] so the amount of radioactivity associated with a gram of potassium is 30 Bq.

Radiation-related quantities

Graphic showing relationships between radioactivity and detected ionizing radiation

The following table shows radiation quantities in SI and non-SI units.

Radiation related quantities view ? talk ? 
Quantity Name Symbol Unit Year SI Quantity
Activity (A) curie Ci 3.7 × 1010 s-1 1953 3.7×1010 Bq
becquerel Bq s-1 1974 SI
rutherford Rd 106 s-1 1946 1,000,000 Bq
Exposure (X) röntgen R esu / 0.001293 g of air 1928 2.58 × 10-4 C/kg
Fluence (?) (reciprocal area) m-2 1962 SI
Absorbed dose (D) erg erg?g-1 1950 1.0 × 10-4 Gy
rad rad 100 erg?g-1 1953 0.010 Gy
gray Gy J?kg-1 1974 SI
Dose equivalent (H) röntgen equivalent man rem 100 erg?g-1 1971 0.010 Sv
sievert Sv J?kg-1 × WR 1977 SI

See also

References

  1. ^ "BIPM - Becquerel". BIPM. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "SI Brochure: The International System of Units (SI)". SI Brochure (8 ed.). BIPM. 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Allisy, A. (1995), "From the curie to the becquerel", Metrologia, 32 (6): 467-479, Bibcode:1995Metro..31..467A, doi:10.1088/0026-1394/31/6/006 
  4. ^ "BIPM - Table 3". BIPM. Retrieved . (d) The hertz is used only for periodic phenomena, and the becquerel is used only for stochastic processes in activity referred to a radionuclide. 
  5. ^ Harder, D (1976), "[The new radiologic units of measurement gray and becquerel (author's translation from the German original)]", Röntgen-Blätter, 29 (1): 49-52, PMID 1251122. 
  6. ^ Lind, SC (1946), "New units for the measurement of radioactivity", Science, 103 (2687): 761-762, Bibcode:1946Sci...103..761L, doi:10.1126/science.103.2687.761-a, PMID 17836457. 
  7. ^ Radioactive human body -- Harvard University Natural Science Lecture Demonstrations - Accessed October 2013
  8. ^ G.R. Choppin, J.O.Liljenzin, J. Rydberg, "Radiochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry", 3rd edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002. ISBN 978-0-7506-7463-8.
  9. ^ Michael J. Kennish, Pollution Impacts on Marine Biotic Communities , CRC Press, 1998, p. 74. ISBN 978-0-8493-8428-8.
  10. ^ It was adopted by the BIPM in 1975, see resolution 8 of the 15th CGPM meeting
  11. ^ "Table of Isotopes decay data". Lund University. 1990-06-01. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "Atomic Weights and Isotopic Compositions for All Elements". NIST. Retrieved . 

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