Measurements of thorium and uranium daughters in radioenvironmental samples using γγ-coincidence spectrometry.

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Summary of "Measurements of thorium and uranium daughters in radioenvironmental samples using γγ-coincidence spectrometry."

We present the performance of a γγ-coincidence spectrometer for measuring the activities of thorium and uranium daughters in environmental samples. The spectrometer consists of two NaI(Tl) detectors facing each other inside a low-background passive shield. We present coincidence gating schemes for achieving the best signal-to-noise ratios, coincidence detection efficiencies, background levels, and minimum detectable activities. The spectrometer is simulated using Geant4 to correct sample efficiencies for self-absorption effects. The device is used to measure thorium and uranium daughter activities in Brazil nuts, potting mix, and magazine paper. Our results for Brazil nuts agree with some, but not all, previous measurements. Thorium or uranium daughter activities have previously not been reported for commercial potting mix. For magazine paper, our measured activities are lower than most previously determined values.


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Name: Applied radiation and isotopes : including data, instrumentation and methods for use in agriculture, industry and medicine
ISSN: 1872-9800
Pages: 24-32


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