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Reports on Radiation Exposure During Air Travel

The Radiobiology Research Team performs research on the effects of ionizing and nonionizing radiation on living systems, identifies radiation hazards in the aviation environment, and studies methods of protection from such hazards.

The following OAM Reports, FAA Advisory Circulars, and scientific publications are available as PDF (requires Adobe Acrobat) files. To view and print PDF files, you must first download the Acrobat Reader, which is free and available from Adobe Systems, Inc.

Recent publications for which reprints are available include:

Advances in Space Research Vol. 42(6):1008-1029 (2008)
Copeland, K., H. H. Sauer, F. E. Duke, W. Friedberg
Cosmic radiation exposure of aircraft occupants on simulated high-latitude flights during solar proton events from 1 January 1986 through 1 January 2008

Advances in Space Research Vol. 36(9):1653-1656 (2005)
Friedberg, W., K. Copeland, F. E. Duke, E. B. Darden, Jr.
Annual effective dose received by U.S. airline pilots compare with that of non-flying U.S. residents

Health Physics 79(5):591-595 (2000)
W. Friedberg, K. Copeland, F. E. Duke, K. O'Brien III and E. B. Darden, Jr.
Radiation Exposure During Air Travel: Guidance Provided by the Federal Aviation Administration for Air Carrier Crews

Occupational Medicine: State of the Art Reviews 17(2):293-309 (2002)
W. Friedberg, K. Copeland, F. E. Duke, J. S. Nicholas, E. B. Darden, Jr. and K. O'Brien III
Radiation Exposure of Aircrews

Radiation Protection Dosimetry (Feb 2012), 148(3): 344-351, doi:10.1093/rpd/ncr035 (electronically available 8 April 2011).
Copeland, K., W. Friedberg, T. Sato, and K. Niita
Comparison of fluence-to-dose conversion coefficients for deuterons, tritons, and helions

Space Weather (May 2015) 13(4):202-210 + Supplements S1-S3 doi:10.1002/2015SW001169
Tobiska, W.K., W. Atwell, P. Beck, E. Benton, K. Copeland, et al.
Advances in atmospheric radiation measurements and modeling needed to improve international air safety

Space Weather (E pub July 2015) doi:10.1002/2015SW001210
Copeland, K.
Influence of the superposition approximation on calculated effective dose rates from galactic cosmic rays at aerospace related altitudes.

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