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Title: A Shallow Underground Laboratory for Low-Background Radiation Measurements and Materials Development

Abstract

Abstract: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently commissioned a new shallow underground laboratory, located at a depth of approximately 30 meters water-equivalent. This new addition to the small class of radiation measurement laboratories located at modest underground depths worldwide houses the latest generation of custom-made, high-efficiency, low-background gamma-ray spectrometers and gas proportional counters. This manuscript describes the unique capabilities present in the shallow underground laboratory; these include large-scale ultra-pure materials production and a suite of radiation detection systems. Reported data characterize the degree of background reduction achieved through a combination of underground location, graded shielding, and rejection of cosmic-ray events. We conclude by presenting measurement targets and future opportunities.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1054833
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-89084
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Review of Scientific Instruments, 83(11):Article No. 113503
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Review of Scientific Instruments, 83(11):Article No. 113503
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
cosmic ray apparatus; gamma-ray spectrometers; particle detectors; radiation detection

Citation Formats

Aalseth, Craig E., Bonicalzi, Ricco, Cantaloub, Michael G., Day, Anthony R., Erikson, Luke E., Fast, James E., Forrester, Joel B., Fuller, Erin S., Glasgow, Brian D., Greenwood, Lawrence R., Hoppe, Eric W., Hossbach, Todd W., Hyronimus, Brian J., Keillor, Martin E., Mace, Emily K., McIntyre, Justin I., Merriman, Jason H., Myers, Allan W., Overman, Cory T., Overman, Nicole R., Panisko, Mark E., Seifert, Allen, Warren, Glen A., and Runkle, Robert C. A Shallow Underground Laboratory for Low-Background Radiation Measurements and Materials Development. United States: N. p., 2012. Web. doi:10.1063/1.4761923.
Aalseth, Craig E., Bonicalzi, Ricco, Cantaloub, Michael G., Day, Anthony R., Erikson, Luke E., Fast, James E., Forrester, Joel B., Fuller, Erin S., Glasgow, Brian D., Greenwood, Lawrence R., Hoppe, Eric W., Hossbach, Todd W., Hyronimus, Brian J., Keillor, Martin E., Mace, Emily K., McIntyre, Justin I., Merriman, Jason H., Myers, Allan W., Overman, Cory T., Overman, Nicole R., Panisko, Mark E., Seifert, Allen, Warren, Glen A., & Runkle, Robert C. A Shallow Underground Laboratory for Low-Background Radiation Measurements and Materials Development. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4761923.
Aalseth, Craig E., Bonicalzi, Ricco, Cantaloub, Michael G., Day, Anthony R., Erikson, Luke E., Fast, James E., Forrester, Joel B., Fuller, Erin S., Glasgow, Brian D., Greenwood, Lawrence R., Hoppe, Eric W., Hossbach, Todd W., Hyronimus, Brian J., Keillor, Martin E., Mace, Emily K., McIntyre, Justin I., Merriman, Jason H., Myers, Allan W., Overman, Cory T., Overman, Nicole R., Panisko, Mark E., Seifert, Allen, Warren, Glen A., and Runkle, Robert C. Thu . "A Shallow Underground Laboratory for Low-Background Radiation Measurements and Materials Development". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4761923.
@article{osti_1054833,
title = {A Shallow Underground Laboratory for Low-Background Radiation Measurements and Materials Development},
author = {Aalseth, Craig E. and Bonicalzi, Ricco and Cantaloub, Michael G. and Day, Anthony R. and Erikson, Luke E. and Fast, James E. and Forrester, Joel B. and Fuller, Erin S. and Glasgow, Brian D. and Greenwood, Lawrence R. and Hoppe, Eric W. and Hossbach, Todd W. and Hyronimus, Brian J. and Keillor, Martin E. and Mace, Emily K. and McIntyre, Justin I. and Merriman, Jason H. and Myers, Allan W. and Overman, Cory T. and Overman, Nicole R. and Panisko, Mark E. and Seifert, Allen and Warren, Glen A. and Runkle, Robert C.},
abstractNote = {Abstract: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently commissioned a new shallow underground laboratory, located at a depth of approximately 30 meters water-equivalent. This new addition to the small class of radiation measurement laboratories located at modest underground depths worldwide houses the latest generation of custom-made, high-efficiency, low-background gamma-ray spectrometers and gas proportional counters. This manuscript describes the unique capabilities present in the shallow underground laboratory; these include large-scale ultra-pure materials production and a suite of radiation detection systems. Reported data characterize the degree of background reduction achieved through a combination of underground location, graded shielding, and rejection of cosmic-ray events. We conclude by presenting measurement targets and future opportunities.},
doi = {10.1063/1.4761923},
journal = {Review of Scientific Instruments, 83(11):Article No. 113503},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2012},
month = {11}
}