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International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. C, ch. 10.1, p. 959

Section Quality factor (QF)

D. C. Creagha and S. Martinez-Carrerab

aDivision of Health, Design, and Science, University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia, and bSan Ernesto, 6-Esc. 3, 28002 Madrid, Spain Quality factor (QF)

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A non-dimensional factor used to reduce the biological effects of radiation to a common scale (see Table 10.1.3[link]).

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Quality factors (QF)

Type of radiationQF
X-rays, γ-rays, and electrons 1
Neutrons, protons, singly charged particles of rest mass not greater than one atomic mass unit of unknown energy 10
α particles and multiply charged particles 20

1 Sv = (dose in grays) × QF.

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