Technician at laboratory with casket of fruit

Technician at laboratory with casket of fruit

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Credit: US DEPT. OF ENERGY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A technician at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California, manoeuvres a cylindrical casket of fruit above an accelerator pool used for the study of irradiation of foodstuffs. Submerged in the pool is a 2 million electron volt (2 MeV) accelerator, a source of the X-rays that are used to preserve perishable foodstuffs. X-rays are produced when the high-energy beam of electrons strikes a dense, tungsten target. The irradiation operation is carried out under water, which acts to protect personnel from exposure to radiation.

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Keywords: food, food industry, food irradiation, industrial, industry, irradiation, processing, technology, x-ray irradiation fruit, xray

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