Geiger-Mueller counters for low energy electrons

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1950-08-01
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Rathbun, E.
Jensen, E.
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It has been found that the most extensive and most accurate work in beta-ray spectroscopy can be performed only when reliable, low energy sensitive, beta-particle detectors are employed. One method of obtaining low energy electron measurements is to fit Geiger-Mueller counters with extremely thin windows and to fill them with appropriate low-pressure mixtures, using them in spectrometers in much the same manner as their more rugged counterparts. A plan for an experimental assault on the problem, based upon the works of Wilkinson, Bamsaur, McKay and Loeb is presented.

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