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residual radiation[rə′zij·ə·wəl ‚rād·ē′ā·shən]
Nuclear radiation emitted by radioactive material deposited after an atomic burst, including fission products, unfissioned nuclear material, and material in which radioactivity may have been induced by neutron bombardment. Also known as reststrahlen.
The nearly monochromatic radiation resulting from several reflections of light or other radiation from polished surfaces of certain substances such as quartz and rock salt, due to high reflectivity of these substances in certain bands of wavelengths.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.