Radon in Cloud Chamber

May 25, 2019

This video starts in a school where radon levels are low, maybe 1 pCi/L - then they put the cloud chamber in a house that has levels of 100 pCi/L. This decay process is what is happening in your lungs when you breathe radon gas. To put it simply, those little streaks you see are alpha particles firing off when radon decays from a gas into a solid, and when the decay process happens in your lungs, the alpha particle hits your lung tissue and damages the DNA of cells in your lungs, and those cells will either die, maybe repair themselves, or can mutate into cancerous cells. https://www.mwradon.com/post/radon-in-cloud-chamber