[Tig] Polonium

Graham Collett grahamcollett at sprockets-telecine.co.uk
Sat Dec 2 16:27:09 GMT 2006

Polonium 210 was used untill recently by San Lab on their Prista film
cleaner. They did work like magic. I used demonstrate their capabilities
by pulling off 2-3 feet of packing tape, as you know it'll stick to you
like glue but run the polonium chip up and down each side of the tape
and its completely neutral. They were little bought in "chips" made by a
company called NRD in the USA. Lucky people in the US and Canada can buy
these really effective things for about $100 each .. Unfortunately in
most other countries, including all of europe you need a license and a
lot of patience to do the paperwork. The license costs about gbp600 plus
a gbp150 per year renewal ... Remember the initial outlay of $100 per
unit. Well really you need 2 or 4 of them but you still don't get
anywhere near the cost of the license.
Unfortunately the tech page comparing the antistatic device with various
household common things has gone ..but it showed things like a cigarette
having more radioactivity than the antistatic chip. Living in Denver was
also more radioactive as was a housebrick.  They still make those
brushes if you want to buy a couple of hundred of them.
Here is their home page for anyone interested.

Graham Collett
Sprockets(telecine) Ltd

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