prompt radiation


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prompt radiation

The gamma rays produced in fission and as a result of other neutron reactions and nuclear excitation of the weapon materials appearing within a second or less after a nuclear explosion. The radiations from these sources are known either as prompt or instantaneous gamma rays. See also induced radiation; initial radiation; residual radiation.
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The researchers believe their finding may prompt radiation biologists to change the way they assess the dangers of exposure to alpha particles and other radiation that deposits large amounts of energy, such as the products of radon decay.