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The following links will take you to information about the four primary types of radiation important at the HT3R facility:

Alpha Radiation
Beta Radiation
Gamma Radiation
Nuclear Fission

Ionizing radiation is any type of radiation with enough energy to separate an electron from an atom, or ionize it. This can break chemical bonds holding ordinary molecules together, leaving snippets with different chemical functions than the original molecule. Individual ions formed by ionization are chemically reactive. Essentially, ionizing radiation leads to chemical damage and alteration. Specifics of how each of the types radiation above work and the amount of energy they release can be found through the pages and links. Ionizing radiation is present all around us all the time. It comes from many sources, natural materials in the ground, high-energy particles from space, and ordinary elements like potassium (essential to life but radioactive).