Liquid scintillation counting for determination of radionuclides in environmental and nuclear application

Xiaolin Hou*

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    Liquid scintillation counting (LSC) is a major technique not only for measurement of pure beta emitting radionuclides, but also radionuclides decay by electron capture and alpha emission. Although it is a conventional radiometric technique, but still a competitive techniques for the measurement of many radionuclides. This paper summaries the major development of this measurement technique in instrumentation, methodology and applications in the past decades. The progresses in the instrumentation and methodology mainly focus on the commercialization of triple-to-double coincidence ratio based LSC techniques and its application in the determination of different radionuclides. An overall review and discussion on the LSC based analytical methods for the determination of major radionuclides in environmental researches, decommissioning of nuclear faculties and nuclear application are presented, in both measurement techniques and sample preparation using radiochemical separation. Meanwhile the problems and challenges in the development and application of the LSC are also discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
    Pages (from-to)1597–1628
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


    • Alpha–beta discrimination
    • Cerenkov counting
    • Characterization of decommissioning samples
    • Liquid scintillation counting
    • Measurement of radionuclides
    • Triple-to-double coincidence ratio


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