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In terms of absorbed radiation dose what does the "E" stand for in 5.8E-03?
I assume the number, 5.8E-03, is given along with a unit such as a gray or a rad. The E is shorthand notation which stands for a power of ten (e.g., -03 is an exponent of 10). Therefore, 5.8E-03 stands for 5.8 X 10-3 or 0.0058. The 0.0058 could then be a multiplier of the dose unit, gray or rad, depending on the table you are looking at. This notation was convenient to use back before computers/printers were able to use superscripts. Now most publications discourage its use.
Gen Roessler, PhD
Health Physics Society website
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