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Title: Compensated count-rate circuit for radiation survey meter

Abstract

A count-rate compensating circuit is provided which may be used in a portable Geiger-Mueller (G-M) survey meter to ideally compensate for couting loss errors in the G-M tube detector. In a G-M survey meter, wherein the pulse rate from the G-M tube is converted into a pulse rate current applied to a current meter calibrated to indicate dose rate, the compensation circuit generates and controls a reference voltage in response to the rate of pulses from the detector. This reference voltage is gated to the current-generating circuit at a rate identical to the rate of pulses coming from the detector so that the current flowing through the meter is varied in accordance with both the frequency and amplitude of the reference voltage pulses applied thereto so that the count rate is compensated ideally to indicate a true count rate within 1% up to a 50% duty cycle for the detector. A positive feedback circuit is used to control the reference voltage so that the meter output tracks true count rate indicative of the radiation dose rate.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6601372
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy TIC; ERA-06-016032; EDB-81-047311
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-26
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; COUNTING CIRCUITS; GEIGER-MUELLER COUNTERS; COUNTING RATES; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; ERRORS; FEEDBACK; ELECTRONIC CIRCUITS; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; RADIATION DETECTORS 440101* -- Radiation Instrumentation-- General Detectors or Monitors & Radiometric Instruments

Citation Formats

Todd, R.A. Compensated count-rate circuit for radiation survey meter. United States: N. p., 1980. Web.
Todd, R.A. Compensated count-rate circuit for radiation survey meter. United States.
Todd, R.A. Mon . "Compensated count-rate circuit for radiation survey meter". United States.
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title = {Compensated count-rate circuit for radiation survey meter},
author = {Todd, R.A.},
abstractNote = {A count-rate compensating circuit is provided which may be used in a portable Geiger-Mueller (G-M) survey meter to ideally compensate for couting loss errors in the G-M tube detector. In a G-M survey meter, wherein the pulse rate from the G-M tube is converted into a pulse rate current applied to a current meter calibrated to indicate dose rate, the compensation circuit generates and controls a reference voltage in response to the rate of pulses from the detector. This reference voltage is gated to the current-generating circuit at a rate identical to the rate of pulses coming from the detector so that the current flowing through the meter is varied in accordance with both the frequency and amplitude of the reference voltage pulses applied thereto so that the count rate is compensated ideally to indicate a true count rate within 1% up to a 50% duty cycle for the detector. A positive feedback circuit is used to control the reference voltage so that the meter output tracks true count rate indicative of the radiation dose rate.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1980},
month = {5}
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