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Title: Alpha spectroscopy backgrounds at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: technical equivalency for backgrounds with blank plates versus backgrounds with no plates

Abstract

Alpha spectroscopy chamber backgrounds are routinely measured using blank plates. Operator time spent moving blank plates in and out of chambers is significant. If chamber backgrounds are measured in empty chambers, time spent moving blank plates can be reclaimed for other uses. This study compares here results of chamber backgrounds measured with and without plates. Five hundred fourteen chamber backgrounds measured with plates are paired with 514 chamber backgrounds measured without plates. The total counts within 13 spectral regions of interest are compared statistically. Chamber backgrounds measured without blank plates are found statistically equivalent to chamber backgrounds measured with blank plates.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1497291
Report Number(s):
LLNL-JRNL-741469
Journal ID: ISSN 0236-5731; 895945
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC52-07NA27344
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 318; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 0236-5731
Publisher:
Springer
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
38 RADIATION CHEMISTRY, RADIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY; alpha spectroscopy; background; low count rate

Citation Formats

Firpo, Michael, Mcloughlin, Kevin, and Jeffers, Karen. Alpha spectroscopy backgrounds at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: technical equivalency for backgrounds with blank plates versus backgrounds with no plates. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1007/s10967-018-6297-z.
Firpo, Michael, Mcloughlin, Kevin, & Jeffers, Karen. Alpha spectroscopy backgrounds at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: technical equivalency for backgrounds with blank plates versus backgrounds with no plates. United States. doi:10.1007/s10967-018-6297-z.
Firpo, Michael, Mcloughlin, Kevin, and Jeffers, Karen. Wed . "Alpha spectroscopy backgrounds at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: technical equivalency for backgrounds with blank plates versus backgrounds with no plates". United States. doi:10.1007/s10967-018-6297-z. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1497291.
@article{osti_1497291,
title = {Alpha spectroscopy backgrounds at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: technical equivalency for backgrounds with blank plates versus backgrounds with no plates},
author = {Firpo, Michael and Mcloughlin, Kevin and Jeffers, Karen},
abstractNote = {Alpha spectroscopy chamber backgrounds are routinely measured using blank plates. Operator time spent moving blank plates in and out of chambers is significant. If chamber backgrounds are measured in empty chambers, time spent moving blank plates can be reclaimed for other uses. This study compares here results of chamber backgrounds measured with and without plates. Five hundred fourteen chamber backgrounds measured with plates are paired with 514 chamber backgrounds measured without plates. The total counts within 13 spectral regions of interest are compared statistically. Chamber backgrounds measured without blank plates are found statistically equivalent to chamber backgrounds measured with blank plates.},
doi = {10.1007/s10967-018-6297-z},
journal = {Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry},
number = 3,
volume = 318,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {11}
}

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