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Title: Monitoring airborne alpha-emitter contamination

Facilities that may produce airborne alpha emitter contamination require a continuous air monitoring (CAM) system. However, these traditional CAMs have difficulty in environments with large quantities of non-radioactive particulates such as dust and salt. Los Alamos has developed an airborne plutonium sensor (APS) for the REBOUND experiment at the Nevada Test Site which detects alpha contamination directly in the air, and so is less vulnerable to the problems associated with counting activity on a filter. In addition, radon compensation is built into the detector by the use of two measurement chambers.
Authors:
; ; ; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)
  2. National Center for Genome Resources, Santa Fe, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
645464
Report Number(s):
LA-UR--97-4609; CONF-971147--
ON: DE98003302; TRN: 98:009968
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Conference: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) nuclear science symposium and medical imaging conference, Albuquerque, NM (United States), 11-13 Nov 1997; Other Information: PBD: Feb 1998
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Assistant Secretary for Management and Administration, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; RADIATION MONITORING; AIR POLLUTION MONITORING; ALPHA DETECTION; PLUTONIUM; IONIZATION CHAMBERS; DESIGN; EXPERIMENTAL DATA