Radiation-Induced Crystallization of Sucrose

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Science  04 Sep 1959:
Vol. 130, Issue 3375, pp. 567-568
DOI: 10.1126/science.130.3375.567


In the presence of gelatine, sucrose crystallizes after a relatively short time (minutes, hours) when exposed to the radiation of an x-ray tube with copper target, or of a medical microwave unit. The formation of sucrose spherulites, visible with the naked eye, was observed.