Nuclear Technology in Industry and Research
In the past 50 years, nuclear technology has found ever increasing use in medicine, industry, and research. Such applications depend on either the unique characteristics of radioisotopes or the radiation produced by various nuclear and atomic devices. The ingenuity of nuclear technology applications developed over the past half century is extraordinary. The applications are myriad, and any comprehensive discussion would itself require at least a large book. In this and the next chapter, only a brief survey is attempted with some of the more important applications presented.