linear energy transfer


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lin·e·ar en·er·gy trans·fer (LET),

the amount of energy deposited by radiation per unit length of travel, expressed in keV per micron; protons, neutrons, and α particles have much higher LET than gamma or x-rays. A property of radiation considered in radiation protection. See: relative biologic effectiveness.

mass stopping power

Forensics
See Stopping power.
 
Nuclear physics
The reduction of kinetic energy of an ionising particle as it passes though a material of a particular density.

lin·e·ar en·er·gy trans·fer

(LET) (lin'ē-ăr en'ĕr-jē trans'fĕr)
Rate at which a charged particle deposits energy as it travels through matter.

lin·e·ar en·er·gy trans·fer

(LET) (lin'ē-ăr en'ĕr-jē trans'fĕr)
Rate at which a charged particle deposits energy as it advances.
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