Everyday radioactive sources

The following list was compiled from my own experience and from posts to the HV-List in september 1997. It is probably not complete, so if you happen to know other sources, mail me.

Please note that all radioactive materials are potentially dangerous and must be handled with some care and expertise. Please read the Safety Hints.

Radium dials

Luminous plastic

Lantern mantles

Smoke detectors

Voltage regulation tubes

Radioactive chemicals

Fiesta ware

Rocks and minerals

Thorium doped optics

Cesium doped spark gaps

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Jochen Kronjaeger