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Title: Low background counting at the LBNL low background facility

The Low Background Facility (LBF) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California provides low background gamma spectroscopy services to end-users in two unique facilities: locally within a carefully-constructed, low background laboratory space; and a satellite underground station (600 m.w.e) in Oroville, CA. These facilities provide a variety of gamma spectroscopy services to low background experiments primarily in the form of passive material screening for primordial radioisotopes (U, Th, K) or common cosmogenic and anthropogenic products, as well as active screening via neutron activation analysis for specific applications. A general overview of the facilities, services, and capabilities will be discussed. Recent activities will also be presented, including the recent installation of a 3π muon veto at the surface facility, cosmogenic activation studies of TeO{sub 2} for CUORE, and environmental monitoring of Fukushima fallout.
Authors:
;  [1] ; ; ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States and Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, CA 94720 (United States)
  2. Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, CA 94720 (United States)
  3. Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22218184
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1549; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: LRT 2013: 4. international workshop on low radioactivity techniques, Assergi (Italy), 10-12 Apr 2013; Other Information: (c) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; GAMMA DETECTION; GAMMA SPECTROSCOPY; MONITORING; MUONS; NEUTRON ACTIVATION ANALYSIS; QUANTITATIVE CHEMICAL ANALYSIS; RADIOISOTOPES; SCREENING; TELLURIUM OXIDES; UNDERGROUND