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The application of full spectrum analysis to NaI(Tl) gamma spectrometry for the determination of burial dose rates

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  • Minqiang Bu, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
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  • Andrew S. Murray
  • Myungho Kook, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
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  • Jan Pieter Buylaert, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
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  • Kristina J. Thomsen, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet

In this study, we explored the potential of a NaI(Tl) scintillator-based gamma spectrometer for the accurate determination of burial dose rates in natural geological samples using a full spectrum analysis (FSA) approach. In this method, an iterative reweighted least-square regression is used to fit calibration standard spectra (40K, and 238U and 232Th series in equilibrium) to the sample spectrum, after subtraction of an appropriate background. The resulting minimum detection limits for 40K, 238U, and 232Th are 4.8, 0.4 and 0.3 Bq·kg-1, respectively (for a 0.23 kg sample); this is one order of magnitude lower than those obtained with the three-window approach previously reported by us, and well below the concentrations found in most natural sediments. These improved values are also comparable to those from high-resolution HPGe gamma spectrometry. Almost all activity concentrations of 40K, 238U, and 232Th from 20 measured natural samples differ by ≤5% from the high resolution spectrometry values; the average ratio of dose rates derived from our NaI(Tl) spectrometer to those from HPGe spectrometry is 0.993 ± 0.004 (n=20). We conclude that our scintillation spectrometry system employing FSA is a useful alternative laboratory method for accurate and precise determination of burial dose rates at a significantly lower cost than high resolution gamma spectrometry.

Sider (fra-til)161–170
StatusUdgivet - 2021

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© 2019 M. Bu et al. published by Sciendo 2019.

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