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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 307, Issue 1, pp 619–626 | Cite as

Reference material for natural radionuclides in glass designed for underground experiments

  • P. P. PovinecEmail author
  • M. K. Pham
  • J. Busto
  • C. Cerna
  • D. Degering
  • Y. Hamajima
  • K. Holý
  • M. Hult
  • M. Ješkovský
  • M. Köhler
  • A. Kováčik
  • M. Laubenstein
  • P. Loaiza
  • F. Mamedov
  • Ch. Marquet
  • J. Mott
  • M. Műllerová
  • F. Perrot
  • F. Piquemal
  • J.-L. Reyss
  • R. Saakyan
  • H. Simgen
  • B. Soulé
  • J. Staníček
  • I. Sýkora
  • I. Štekl
Article

Abstract

A reference material designed for the determination of natural radionuclides in solid samples (glass pellets) is described and the results of certification are presented. The material has been certified for 7 natural radionuclides (40K, 226Ra, 228Ra, 228Th, 232Th, 235U and 238U). An information value is given for 210Pb. Radon (222Rn) emanation experiments showed results comparable within participating laboratories, however, the number of data and precision was too low to carry out a certification process. The reference material may be used for quality management of analytical laboratories engaged in the high-sensitive analysis of radionuclides in the construction materials of detectors placed in ultra low background underground laboratories.

Keywords

Reference material Radionuclides Radon Gamma-ray spectrometry Radon emanation 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors are indebted to their numerous colleagues who took part in the analytical works. The Bratislava group acknowledges a partial support provided by the VEGA Grant # 1/0783/14 from The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, and by the EU Research and Development Operational Program funded by the ERDF (Projects # 26240120012, 26240120026 and 26240220004). The IAEA is grateful for the support provided to its Environment Laboratories by the Government of the Principality of Monaco.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. P. Povinec
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. K. Pham
    • 2
  • J. Busto
    • 3
  • C. Cerna
    • 3
    • 4
  • D. Degering
    • 5
  • Y. Hamajima
    • 6
  • K. Holý
    • 1
  • M. Hult
    • 7
  • M. Ješkovský
    • 1
  • M. Köhler
    • 5
  • A. Kováčik
    • 1
  • M. Laubenstein
    • 8
  • P. Loaiza
    • 9
  • F. Mamedov
    • 10
  • Ch. Marquet
    • 4
  • J. Mott
    • 11
  • M. Műllerová
    • 1
  • F. Perrot
    • 4
  • F. Piquemal
    • 4
    • 9
  • J.-L. Reyss
    • 12
  • R. Saakyan
    • 11
  • H. Simgen
    • 13
  • B. Soulé
    • 4
  • J. Staníček
    • 1
  • I. Sýkora
    • 1
  • I. Štekl
    • 10
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear Physics and Biophysics, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and InformaticsComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia
  2. 2.Environment LaboratoriesInternational Atomic Energy AgencyMonaco CedexMonaco
  3. 3.Centre de Physique des Particules de MarseilleIN2P3/CNRSMarseilleFrance
  4. 4.Centre Etudes Nucléaires de Bordeaux GradignanCNRS/IN2P3GradignanFrance
  5. 5.Verein für Kernverfahrenstechnik und Analytik Rossendorf e.V.DresdenGermany
  6. 6.Low-Level Radioactivity LaboratoryUniversity of KanazawaKanazawaJapan
  7. 7.Institute for Reference Materials and MeasurementsJoint Research CentreGeelBelgium
  8. 8.Laboratori Nazionali del Gran SassoAssergiItaly
  9. 9.Laboratoire Souterrain de ModaneModaneFrance
  10. 10.Institute of Experimental and Applied PhysicsCzech Technical UniversityPragueCzech Republic
  11. 11.University College LondonLondonUK
  12. 12.Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’EnvironnementCNRSGif-sur-Yvette CedexFrance
  13. 13.Max-Planck-Institut für KernphysikHeidelbergGermany

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