Determination of the specific alpha activity of thick sources with a large area ZnS(Ag) scintillation detector
AuthorsĐurašević, Mirjana M.
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A method for determining the specific alpha activity of thick sources using a large area ZnS(Ag) scintillation detector is presented. In this method a quadratic relationship between the detector response and window thickness is assumed. This method provides a quick estimation of alpha activity in the sample, so it is an indicative method. The aim of this experimental work is to approve theoretical assumption and to develop a standard routine method for absolute alpha measurements of thick contaminated environmental sources. For this purpose reference material U3O8 and spiked standards of soil were used. Measurements of contaminated soil samples from south Serbia showed the practical application of this method. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.