Ionization of Liquids by Radiation: Measurement by a Clearing Field

Science  19 Apr 1968:
Vol. 160, Issue 3825, pp. 301-302
DOI: 10.1126/science.160.3825.301


A method has been developed for determining the yield of free ions formed by irradiation of a liquid with high-energy x-rays. Contrary to expectation, branched-chain paraffins produce many more free ions than straight-chain paraffins do, and the ether 1,4-dioxane produced only a third as many free ions as its hydrocarbon analog, cyclohexane.