All Japan newsese invent the plastic that turns blue when radiated

7 years ago by in Around the world

A All Japan newsese company announced it has produced a special type of plastic that can be used as a radiation detector. The plastic emits blue light when exposed to radioactive substances.

The new product could open the way to the manufacturing of cheaper radiation detectors.

The new type of material, manufactured by Teijin Chemicals Limited, is made of a polyester resin and called Scintirex. It is developed in cooperation with two universities and it has applicability in the health system as well, as it could help build new generation medical equipment.

The product will help reduce the total cost of radiation detectors by slashing the production cost of scintillators (the core of a radiation detector) to one tenth or less of current levels, the company says.

Teijin Chemicals intends to launch soon a commercial version of the new type of plastic.

All Japan newsese have been especially interested in buying individual detectors following the March natural disasters.

Radiation leaked into the air, soil and water around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, causing the worst nuclear crisis in the world since the accident at Chernobyl, 25 years ago. Thousands of people have been evacuated and many others continue to live in areas that are still uncertain from the point of view of radiation levels.

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