Optimization of liquid scintillation measurements applied to smears and aqueous samples collected in industrial environments

Abstract : Search for low-energy β contaminations in industrial environments requires using Liquid Scintillation Counting. This indirect measurement method supposes a fine control from sampling to measurement itself. Thus, in this paper, we focus on the definition of a measurement method, as generic as possible, for both smears and aqueous samples’ characterization. That includes choice of consumables, sampling methods, optimization of counting parameters and definition of energy windows, using the maximization of a Figure of Merit. Detection limits are then calculated considering these optimized parameters. For this purpose, we used PerkinElmer Tri-Carb counters. Nevertheless, except those relative to some parameters specific to PerkinElmer, most of the results presented here can be extended to other counters.
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A. Chapon, G. Pigrée, V. Putmans, G. Rogel. Optimization of liquid scintillation measurements applied to smears and aqueous samples collected in industrial environments. Results in Physics, Elsevier, 2016, 6, pp.50-58. ⟨10.1016/j.rinp.2016.01.018⟩. ⟨in2p3-01293322⟩

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