Measurement of natural radioactivity: Calibration and performance of a high-resolution gamma spectrometry facility

A. S. Murray*, L. M. Helsted, M. Autzen, M. Jain, J.P. Buylaert

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    Abstract

    Murray et al. (2015) described an international inter-comparison of dose rate measurements undertaken using a homogenised beach ridge sand from Jutland, Denmark. The measured concentrations for 226Ra, 232Th and 40K from different laboratories varied considerably, with relative standard deviations of 26% (n=8), 59% (n=23) and 15% (n=23), respectively. In contrast, the relative standard deviations observed internally within our laboratory were 9%, 11% and 7%, respectively (n=20), and in addition our mean values were consistent with the global 40K mean, but significantly different from the 232Th mean. These problems in both accuracy and precision have led us to examine both the long term performance of our analytical facility, and its calibration. Our approach to the preparation of new absolute 238U, 232Th and 40K standards is outlined and tested against international standards. We also report analyses of the Volkegem (De Corte et al., 2007) and Nussi (Preusser and Kasper, 2001) loess samples, for further comparison with other laboratories.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalRadiation Measurements
    Volume120
    Pages (from-to)215-220
    ISSN1350-4487
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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