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proportional counter

A gas-filled X-ray detector in which the electric potential is high enough for the gain to reach a value in the range from 10 2 to 10 5. Each electron produced by the initial photo-ionization causes one avalanche. Since the number of avalanche events is proportional to the energy of the incident photons, the charge collected by the anode is proportional to the X-ray photon energy.
PAC, 1995, 67, 1745 (Nomenclature, symbols, units and their usage in spectrochemical analysis-XI. Detection of radiation (IUPAC Recommendations 1995)) on page 1754
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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