This Arduino Shield is compatible with the Arduino Uno SMD board. Build a true Geiger counter using this Arduino Shield to measure radioactivity. Radiations that are measured by the Geiger tube supplied with this Arduino Shield are the beta and gamma radiations. This is possible to use another Geiger tube with this Arduino Shield in order to measure other radioactivity such as alpha radioactivity.
The two following pictures show the Radiation Arduino Shield and an Arduino board.
The following picture shows the mounting schema for the Radiation Shield for Arduino.
Three methods for displaying the radioactivity measurement are proposed:
The technical specifications of the Geiger tube are as follows:
For more technical informations on this Radiation Shield for Arduino, go to http://www.cooking-hacks.com/index.php/documentation/tutorials/geiger-counter-arduino-radiation-sensor-board
The nuclear radiation that can be measured with a Geiger counter of the type that is used here are the alpha, beta and gamma radiation, ie ionizing particles. This radiation can be controlled and used in a beneficial way (medical). On to contrary, if uncontrolled and at high doses, radiation is very harmful.
Alpha particules are charged particles resulting from the radioactive decay of a nucleus. Their penetration is low and is stopped by a sheet of paper.
They are either electrons or positrons. These particules have an average penetration. They are stopped by an aluminum plate.
These are the most energetic and the most penetrating particles. They are also the most harmful. They may be stopped by a lead plate.
For more information, go to Wikipedia