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  1. Analysis of the gamma spectra of the uranium, actinium, and thorium decay series

    Momeni, M.H.

    1981-09-01

    This report describes the identification of radionuclides in the uranium, actinium, and thorium series by analysis of gamma spectra in the energy range of 40 to 1400 keV. Energies and absolute efficiencies for each gamma line were measured by means of a high-resolution germanium detector and compared with those in the literature. A gamma spectroscopy method, which utilizes an on-line computer for deconvolution of spectra, search and identification of each line, and estimation of activity for each radionuclide, was used to analyze soil and uranium tailings, and ore.

  2. Analysis of the gamma spectra of the uranium, actinium, and thorium decay series

    This report describes the identification of radionuclides in the uranium, actinium, and thorium series by analysis of gamma spectra in the energy range of 40 to 1400 keV. Energies and absolute efficiencies for each gamma line were measured by means of a high-resolution germanium detector and compared with those in the literature. A gamma spectroscopy method, which utilizes an on-line computer for deconvolution of spectra, search and identification of each line, and estimation of activity for each radionuclide, was used to analyze soil and uranium tailings, and ore

  3. Investigation of gamma spectra analysis

    During the investigation of radiation fingerprint comparison, it is found out that the popular gamma spectra analysis softwares are faultful, which decrease the precision of radiation fingerprint comparison. So a new analysis software is development for solving the problems. In order to display the advantage of new program, some typical simulative gamma spectra of radiation source are analyzed respectively by our software and GAMMAVISION and GENNIE2000. The software can be applied not only in nuclear warheads deep-cuts verification, but also in any radiation measurement field. (authors)

  4. Skyshine spectra of gamma rays

    A study of the spectra of gamma photons back-scattered in vertical direction by infinite air above ground (skyshine) is presented. The source for these measurements is a 650 Ci Cobalt-60 point-source and the skyshine spectra are reported for distances from 150 m to 325 m from the source, measured with a 5 cm x 5 cm NaI(Tl) detector collimated with collimators of 12 mm and 20 mm diameter and 5 cm length. These continuous spectra are unfolded with Gold's iterative technique. The photon-spectra so obtained have a distinct line at 72 keV due to multiply-scattered photons. This is an energy where photoelectric and Compton cross-sections for multiply-scattered photons balance each other. The intensity of the line(I) decreases exponentially with distance (d) from the source obeying a relation of the type I = Isub(o)esup(-μd) where μ is called as ''Multiply-Scatter Coefficient'', a constant of the medium which is air in these measurements. This relationship is explained in terms of a halo around the source comprising of multiply-scattered gamma photons, Isub(0) being the intensity of these scattered photons at the location of cobalt-source. A fraction called as ''Back-scattered Fraction'', the ratio of Isub(0) to the number of original photons from the cobalt-source entering the infinite air, is also calculated. It is shown that with a properly calibrated detector system, this fraction can be used to determine the strength of a large gamma source, viz. a nuclear explosion in air, and for mineral prospecting. These conclusions are general and can be applied to any other infinite medium. Some forward-scatter (transmission) spectra of cobalt-60 source through 10 cm of Pb and 2.5 cm of Al are also reported. (auth.)

  5. Simulation of Gamma Spectra for Spent Fuel

    'GammaGen' is a Windows software, developed at The Nuclear Research Centre Negev (NRCN) to generate synthetic gamma ray spectra obtained with various detectors. The information on a chosen radio-nuclide is generated according to its activity, its photo peak energy and yield (taken from a data library). The detector efficiency and resolution, and peak to Compton dependence are used to generate a pulse height spectrum for a specific detector. The spectra can be displayed in several modes: as energy lines of the photo peaks, or as Gaussian of each photo peak. The Compton continuum can be included as well. A spectra mixture for different sources can be produced for visual analysis. Spectra can be exported to some other formats, to enable input to other commercial spectra analyzing programs. The main purpose of the program is to generate synthetic distributions for predicting complicated pulse height spectra. In the field of radioactive waste follow-up it can be used to evaluate the efficiency of different shields and the time dependant monitor response at the waste site

  6. Generation of synthetic gamma spectra with MATLAB

    Objectives: The aim of this work is the simulation of gamma spectra using the MATLAB program to generate the calibration curves in efficiency, which will be used to measure radioactive waste in drums. They are necessary for the proper characterization of these drums. A Monte Carlo simulation was basically developed with the random number generator Mersenne Twister and nuclear data obtained from NIST. This paper shows the results obtained and difficulties encountered until today. The physical correction of the simulated spectra has been the only aspect we have been working, up to this moment. Procedures: A simplified representation of the 'Laboratorio de Verificacion y Control de la Calidad' was chosen. Drums with cemented liquid waste are routinely measured in this laboratory. The commercial program MCNP was also used to get a valid reference in the field of simulation of spectra. We analyzed the spectra obtained by MATLAB in the light of classical literature photon detection and the spectrum obtained by MCNP. Conclusions: Currently the program developed seems adequate to simulate a measurement in the 'Laboratorio de Verificacion y Control de la Calidad'. The spectra obtained by MATLAB seem to physically represent what is observed in real spectra. However, it is a slow program. The current development efforts are directed to improve the speed of simulation. An alternative is to use the CUDA language for NVIDIA video cards to parallelized the simulation. An adequate simulation of the electronic measuring chain is also needed to obtain better representations of the shapes of the peaks. (author)

  7. Spectra of {gamma} rays feeding superdeformed bands

    Lauritsen, T.; Khoo, T.L.; Henry, R.G. [and others

    1995-08-01

    The spectrum of {gamma}rays coincident with SD transitions contains the transitions which populate the SD band. This spectrum can provide information on the feeding mechanism and on the properties (moment of inertia, collectivity) of excited SD states. We used a model we developed to explain the feeding of SD bands, to calculate the spectrum of feeding {gamma}rays. The Monte Carlo simulations take into account the trigger conditions present in our Eurogam experiment. Both experimental and theoretical spectra contain a statistical component and a broad E2 peak (from transitions occurring between excited states in the SD well). There is good resemblance between the measured and calculated spectra although the calculated multiplicity of an E2 bump is low by {approximately}30%. Work is continuing to improve the quality of the fits, which will result in a better understanding of excited SD states. In addition, a model for the last steps, which cool the {gamma} cascade into the SD yrast line, needs to be developed. A strong M1/E2 low-energy component, which we believe is responsible for this cooling, was observed.

  8. A program converting MCNP simulation into gamma vision spectra

    A program is developed which can convert the energy distribution of photons calculated by MCNP into Gamma Vision spectra, thus, the simulated energy spectra can be displayed and processed with Gamma Vision. The program provides a convenient tool for the theoretical simulation of HPGe γ spectra. (authors)

  9. Gamma-ray spectra of 241Am

    The γ-spectrum of 241Am was reinvestigated by using intense sources (100 and 25 mCi) for the energy range of Eγ>60 keV, and purified solution source of about 10 μCi for the low energy and to make sure that the γ-lines present in the spectrum come from the α-decay of 241Am. The study was divided into three parts. The γ-spectrometers consists of 40 and 10% relative efficiency Hp Ge detectors and 8192 channel ADC for normal spectra, and Si-Li for low energy. Outs of 169 γ-lines that are presented in the spectrum 47 are new. The major part of the new gamma lines was observed in the energy range of Eγ≥200 keV. (author)

  10. Variations of gamma radiation spectra during precipitations

    In the present paper results of prolonging studies of variations of a natural gamma (X-ray) radiation during precipitations registered at cosmic ray station in Apatity are presented. To the present time in the complex installation realizing monitoring of the near ground radiation, the detector is added on the basis of a scintillation crystal by size Ø150×100 mm. The special procedure of working out of the differential energy spectra obtained on the basis of this detector is designed. Due to this it is found, that increases are produced by an additional flux of radiation with the non-regular descending energy spectrum superimposed on a background radiation, having a power law energy spectrum. The clear upper energy limit of the additional radiation, accompanying with precipitations, is observed. It is 1.8-2.0 MeV. Any spectral lines, which could be produced by radionuclides, are not revealed in all researched gamut. It is concluded that these fluxes are produced by energetic charged particles during their passage through the atmosphere, i.e. Bremsstrahlung generation process. Based on the energy balance, the minimum field strength, which can cause a secondary increase, was performed.

  11. Librarian driven analysis of gamma ray spectra

    For a set of a priori given radionuclides extracted from a general nuclide data library, the authors use median estimates of the gamma-peak areas and estimates of their errors to produce a list of possible radionuclides matching gamma ray line(s). The identification of a given radionuclide is obtained by searching for a match with the energy information of a database. This procedure is performed in an interactive graphic mode by markers that superimpose, on the spectral data, the energy information and yields provided by a general gamma ray data library. This library of experimental data includes approximately 17,000 gamma ray energy lines related to 756 known gamma emitter radionuclides listed by the ICRP. (author)

  12. Monte Carlo simulations of plutonium gamma-ray spectra

    Monte Carlo calculations were investigated as a means of simulating the gamma-ray spectra of Pu. These simulated spectra will be used to develop and evaluate gamma-ray analysis techniques for various nondestructive measurements. Simulated spectra of calculational standards can be used for code intercomparisons, to understand systematic biases and to estimate minimum detection levels of existing and proposed nondestructive analysis instruments. The capability to simulate gamma-ray spectra from HPGe detectors could significantly reduce the costs of preparing large numbers of real reference materials. MCNP was used for the Monte Carlo transport of the photons. Results from the MCNP calculations were folded in with a detector response function for a realistic spectrum. Plutonium spectrum peaks were produced with Lorentzian shapes, for the x-rays, and Gaussian distributions. The MGA code determined the Pu isotopes and specific power of this calculated spectrum and compared it to a similar analysis on a measured spectrum

  13. Augmentation of ENDF/B fission product gamma-ray spectra by calculated spectra

    Gamma-ray spectral data of the ENDF/B-V fission product decay data file have been augmented by calculated spectra. The calculations were performed with a model using beta strength functions and cascade gamma-ray transitions. The calculated spectra were applied to individual fission product nuclides. Comparisons with several hundred measured aggregate gamma spectra after fission were performed to confirm the applicability of the calculated spectra. The augmentation was extended to a preliminary ENDF/B-VI file, and to beta spectra. Appendix C provides information on the total decay energies for individual products and some comparisons of measured and aggregate values based on the preliminary ENDF/B-VI files. 15 refs., 411 figs

  14. Study of Gamma spectra by Monte Carlo simulation

    The purpose of this paper is obtaining gamma ray spectra by means of a scintillation detector applying the Monte Carlo statistic simulation method using the EGS4 program. The Monte Carlo algorithm implies that the physical system is described by the probability density function which allows generating random figures and the result is taken as an average of numbers which were observed. The EGS4 program allows the simulation of the following physical processes: the photo-electrical effect, the Compton effect, the electron positron pairs generation and the Rayleigh diffusion. The gamma rays recorded by the detector are converted into electrical pulses and the gamma ray spectra are acquired and processed by means of the Nomad Plus portable spectrometer connected to a computer. As a gamma ray sources 137Cs and 60Co are used whose spectra drawn and used for study the interaction of the gamma radiations with the scintillation detector. The parameters which varied during the acquisition of the gamma ray spectra are the distance between source and detector and the measuring time. Due to the statistical processes in the detector, the peak looks like a Gauss distribution. The identification of the gamma quantum energy value is achieved by the experimental spectra peaks, thus gathering information about the position of the peak, the width and the area of the peak respectively. By means of the EGS4 program a simulation is run using these parameters and an 'ideal' spectrum is obtained, a spectrum which is not influenced by the statistical processes which take place inside the detector. Then, the convolution of the spectra is achieved by means of a normalised Gauss function. There is a close match between the experimental results and those simulated in the EGS4 program because the interactions which occurred during the simulation have a statistical behaviour close to the real one. (authors)

  15. User controlled analysis of gamma ray spectra

    The program 'ANGES' was designed as a general purpose high-resolution γ ray spectrometry program. It offers all main features as commercial software packages except control of acquisition process. The program is able to perform automatic analysis of spectra but it is announced as 'user controlled' because it supplies all intermediate results and gives the opportunity these results to be analyzed and corrected by the user. ANGES offers: multi document Windows interface; detailed visualization of spectra; nuclide library based on another contribution to CRP; energy and FWHM calibrations calculated by means of orthonormal polynomial fitting; peak processing engine based on a non-linear LSQ method for fitting peaks; peak location engine, based on first derivative method is provided to ease the preparation of a spectrum for processing; two methods for efficiency calibration (an efficiency calibration curve and reference table); peak identification and activity calculation procedure; a number of corrections (true coincidence summing, background correction, pile up rejection and so on); an option for processing series of similar spectra. The fitting procedure can be applied to the whole spectrum or to a single Region-of-Interest (ROI). The assumed peak shape is pure Gaussian. All peaks in single ROI are assumed to have the same FWHM. The maximum number of peaks in a single ROI is restricted to 25, the maximum ROI length is 512 channels, and the baseline is described with a polynomial of a degree up to 4. As a result of the identification procedure a report file is issued containing spectrum processing results, list of identified and not identified peaks, list of identified nuclides and background nuclides. (author)

  16. GRABGAM Analysis of Ultra-Low-Level HPGe Gamma Spectra

    The GRABGAM code has been used successfully for ultra-low level HPGe gamma spectrometry analysis since its development in 1985 at Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC). Although numerous gamma analysis codes existed at that time, reviews of institutional and commercial codes indicated that none addressed all features that were desired by SRTC. Furthermore, it was recognized that development of an in-house code would better facilitate future evolution of the code to address SRTC needs based on experience with low-level spectra. GRABGAM derives its name from Gamma Ray Analysis BASIC Generated At MCA/PC

  17. GRABGAM Analysis of Ultra-Low-Level HPGe Gamma Spectra

    Winn, W.G.

    1999-07-28

    The GRABGAM code has been used successfully for ultra-low level HPGe gamma spectrometry analysis since its development in 1985 at Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC). Although numerous gamma analysis codes existed at that time, reviews of institutional and commercial codes indicated that none addressed all features that were desired by SRTC. Furthermore, it was recognized that development of an in-house code would better facilitate future evolution of the code to address SRTC needs based on experience with low-level spectra. GRABGAM derives its name from Gamma Ray Analysis BASIC Generated At MCA/PC.

  18. Nature of the Pygmy Resonance in Continuous Gamma-Spectra

    Rekstad, J; Siem, S; Bernstein, L; Schiller, A; Garrett, P; Nelson, R; Guttormsen, M; Algin, E; Voinov, A

    2003-12-01

    Two-step-cascade spectra of the {sup 171}Yb(n, {gamma}{gamma}){sup 172}Yb reaction have been measured using thermal neutrons. They are compared to calculations based on experimental values of the level density and radiative strength function obtained from the {sup 173}Yb({sup 3}He,{alpha}{gamma}){sup 172}Yb reaction. The multipolarity of a 6.5(15) {mu}{sub N}{sup 2} resonance at 3.3(1) MeV in the strength function is determined to be M1 by this comparison.

  19. Program LEPS to addition of gamma spectra from germanium detectors

    The LEP program, written in FORTRAN IV, performs the addition of two spectra, collected with different detectors, from the same sample. This application, adds the two gamma spectra obtained from two opposite LEPS Germanium Detectors (Low Energy Photon Spectrometer), correcting the differences (channel/energy) between both two spectra, and fitting them before adding. The total-spectrum is recorded at the computer memory as a single spectrum. The necessary equipment, to run this program is: - Two opposite germanium detectors, with their associate electronics. - Multichannel analyzer (2048 memory channel minimum) - Computer on-line interfacing to multichannel analyzer. (Author) 4 refs

  20. Determination of gaussian peaks in gamma spectra by iterative regression

    The parameters of the peaks in gamma-ray spectra are determined by a simple iterative regression method. For each peak, the parameters are associated with a gaussian curve (3 parameters) located above a linear continuum (2 parameters). This method may produces the complete result of the calculation of statistical uncertainties and an accuracy higher than others methods. (author)

  1. Program DEIMOS32 for gamma-ray spectra evalution

    Frána, Jaroslav

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 257, č. 3 (2003), s. 583-587. ISSN 0236-5731. [International Conference Ko-users Workshop /3./. Bruges, 23.09.2001-28.09.2001] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1048901 Keywords : gamma-ray spectra * software Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders Impact factor: 0.472, year: 2003

  2. Multiplicity spectra and nuclear models of gamma emission

    The possibility of study process of nuclear gamma-rays emission from excited states by means of gamma-rays multiplicity spectra A(ν) was investigated in present work. This question are considered on example of the multiplicity spectra calculation from decay of the 4+ state of nuclear 87Sr formed in slow neutrons capture. The calculations was performed for single particle and collective (giant photonuclear resonance) approaches to describe of the emission process. The comparison A(ν) obtained with using of single-particle (S) and collective (G) models point out of the possibility of using the method of multiplicity spectrometry for choice of the proper approach to describe of the compound nuclear gamma-emission. 23 refs.; 6 figs.; 10 tabs

  3. Inversion of neutron/gamma spectra from scintillator measurements

    Koehler, J., E-mail: koehler@physik.uni-kiel.de [IEAP, Christian Albrechts University, Kiel (Germany); Ehresmann, B.; Martin, C.; Boehm, E.; Kharytonov, A. [IEAP, Christian Albrechts University, Kiel (Germany); Kortmann, O. [IEAP, Christian Albrechts University, Kiel (Germany); Space Sciences Laboratory, Berkley, CA (United States); Zeitlin, C.; Hassler, D.M. [Southwest Research Institute, Department of Space Studies, Boulder, CO (United States); Wimmer-Schweingruber, R.F. [IEAP, Christian Albrechts University, Kiel (Germany)

    2011-11-15

    The Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) on-board NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover will measure charged particles as well as neutron and gamma radiation on the Martian surface. Neutral particles are an important contribution to this radiation environment. RAD measures them with a CsI (Tl) and a plastic scintillator, which are both surrounded by an anticoincidence. The incident neutron/gamma spectrum is obtained from the measurements using inversion methods which often fit a functional behavior, e.g., a power law, to the measured data applying the instrument response function and, e.g., a least-squares method. In situations where count rates are small, i.e., where the stochastic nature of the measurement is evident, maximum likelihood estimates with underlying Poissonian statistics improve the resulting spectra. We demonstrate the measurement and inversion of gamma/neutron spectra for a detector concept featuring one high-density scintillator and one high-proton-content scintillator. The applied inversion methods derive the original spectra without any strong assumptions of the functional behavior. Instrument response functions are obtained from Monte-Carlo simulations in matrix form with which the instrument response is treated as a set of linear equations. Using the response matrices we compare a constrained least-squares minimization, a chi-squared minimization and a maximum likelihood method with underlying Poissonian statistics. We make no assumptions about the incident particle spectrum and the methods intrinsically satisfy the constraint of non-negative counts. We analyzed neutron beam measurements made at the Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and inverted the measurement data for both neutron and gamma spectra. Monte-Carlo-generated measurements of the expected Martian neutron/gamma spectra were inverted as well, here the maximum likelihood method with underlying Poissonian statistics produces significantly better results.

  4. Gamma spectra pictures using a digital plotter. Program MONO

    The program MONO has been written for a CALCOMP-936 digital plotter operating off- -line with a UMI VAC 1106 computer, to obtain graphic representations of single gamma spectra stored on magnetic tape. It allows to plot the whole spectrum or only a part, as well as to draw a given spectrum on the same or different picture than the previous one. Ten representation scales are available and at up nine comment lines can be written in a graphic. (Author) 4 refs

  5. The sharpness of gamma-ray burst prompt emission spectra

    Yu, Hoi-Fung; van Eerten, Hendrik J.; Greiner, Jochen; Sari, Re'em; Narayana Bhat, P.; von Kienlin, Andreas; Paciesas, William S.; Preece, Robert D.

    2015-11-01

    Context. We study the sharpness of the time-resolved prompt emission spectra of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) observed by the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) on board the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Aims: We aim to obtain a measure of the curvature of time-resolved spectra that can be compared directly to theory. This tests the ability of models such as synchrotron emission to explain the peaks or breaks of GBM prompt emission spectra. Methods: We take the burst sample from the official Fermi GBM GRB time-resolved spectral catalog. We re-fit all spectra with a measured peak or break energy in the catalog best-fit models in various energy ranges, which cover the curvature around the spectral peak or break, resulting in a total of 1113 spectra being analyzed. We compute the sharpness angles under the peak or break of the triangle constructed under the model fit curves and compare them to the values obtained from various representative emission models: blackbody, single-electron synchrotron, synchrotron emission from a Maxwellian or power-law electron distribution. Results: We find that 35% of the time-resolved spectra are inconsistent with the single-electron synchrotron function, and 91% are inconsistent with the Maxwellian synchrotron function. The single temperature, single emission time, and location blackbody function is found to be sharper than all the spectra. No general evolutionary trend of the sharpness angle is observed, neither per burst nor for the whole population. It is found that the limiting case, a single temperature Maxwellian synchrotron function, can only contribute up to % of the peak flux. Conclusions: Our results show that even the sharpest but non-realistic case, the single-electron synchrotron function, cannot explain a large fraction of the observed GRB prompt spectra. Because any combination of physically possible synchrotron spectra added together will always further broaden the spectrum, emission mechanisms other than optically thin

  6. The width of gamma-ray burst spectra

    Axelsson, Magnus

    2014-01-01

    The emission processes active in the highly relativistic jets of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) remain unknown. In this paper we propose a new measure to describe spectra: the width of the $EF_E$ spectrum, a quantity dependent only on finding a good fit to the data. We apply this to the full sample of GRBs observed by Fermi/GBM and CGRO/BATSE. The results from the two instruments are fully consistent. We find that the median widths of spectra from long and short GRBs are significantly different (chance probability $<10^{-6}$). The width does not correlate with either duration or hardness, and this is thus a new, independent distinction between the two classes. Comparing the measured spectra with widths of spectra from fundamental emission processes -- synchrotron and blackbody radiation -- the results indicate that a large fraction of GRB spectra are too narrow to be explained by synchrotron radiation from a distribution of electron energies: for example, 78% of long GRBs and 85% of short GRBs are incompatible wi...

  7. Experimental simulation of A-bomb gamma ray spectra: Revisited

    It has been reported recently that the A-bomb gamma ray spectra received by the colon of the average Japanese survivor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki may be experimentally simulated using a hospital-based Philips SL15 linear accelerator. The simulated A-bomb gamma radiation may be used in radiobiology experiments to determine, amongst other things, the biological effectiveness of the A-bomb gamma radiation. However, in that study, the electron beams from the linear accelerator were poorly defined and photon contamination was ignored. In the study reported here, a Varian Clinac 2100C linear accelerator has been used for the same purpose but with photon contamination included in better defined output electron beams. It is found that the A-bomb gamma radiation can still be matched to an acceptable degree (<10%). The cause of the slightly poorer fit was due mainly to the different ranges of energies available from the linear accelerators used. The absorbed dose received by model breasts was also estimated in this study for the same situations as in the previous study. The ratio of the breast to colon doses was found to be only (3.9 ± 4.0)% low compared with the expected values of 1.17 and 1.16 for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. These results provide further confirmation of the acceptability of the simple cylindrically symmetrical body models employed in these studies to represent the average Japanese survivor. (authors)

  8. Power Density Spectra of $\\gamma$-Ray Bursts

    Beloborodov, A M

    1999-01-01

    Power density spectra (PDSs) of long gamma-ray bursts provide useful information on GRBs, indicating their self-similar temporal structure. The best power-law PDSs are displayed by the longest bursts (T_90 > 100 s) in which the range of self-similar time scales covers more than 2 decades. Shorter bursts have apparent PDS slopes more strongly affected by statistical fluctuations. The underlying power law can then be reproduced with high accuracy by averaging the PDSs for a large sample of bursts. This power-law has a slope alpha\\approx -5/3 and a sharp break at 1 Hz. The power-law PDS provides a new sensitive tool for studies of gamma-ray bursts. In particular, we calculate the PDSs of bright bursts in separate energy channels. The PDS flattens in the hard channel (h\

  9. Page: a program for gamma spectra analysis in PC microcomputers

    PAGE is a software package, written in BASIC language, to perform gamma spectra analysis. It was developed to be used in a high-purity intrinsic germanium detector-multichannel analyser-PC microcomputer system. The analysis program of PAGE package accomplishes functions as follows: peak location; gamma nuclides identification; activity determination. Standard nuclides sources were used to calibrate the system. To perform the efficiency x energy calibration a logarithmic fit was applied. Analysis of nuclides with overlapping peaks is allowed by PAGE program. PAGE has additional auxiliary programs for: building and list of isotopic nuclear data libraries; data acquisition from multichannel analyser; spectrum display with automatic area and FWHM determinations. This software is to be applied in analytical process control where time response is a very important parameter. PAGE takes ca. 1.5 minutes to analyse a complex spectrum from a 4096 channels MCA. (author)

  10. The optimization of gamma spectra processing in prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA)

    Pinault, Jean-Louis [IAEA Expert, 96 rue du Port David, 45370 Dry (France)], E-mail: jeanlouis_pinault@hotmail.fr; Solis, Jose [Instituto Peruano de Energia Nuclear, Av. Canada No. 1470, San Borja, Lima 41 (Peru)

    2009-04-15

    The uncertainty of the elemental analysis is one of the major factors governing the utility of on-line Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA) in the blending and sorting of bulk materials. In this paper, a general method applicable to Gamma spectra processing is presented and applied to PGNAA in mineral industry. Based on the Fourier transform of spectra and their de-correlation in the Fourier space (the improvement of the conditioning of the correlation matrix), processing of overlapping of characteristic peaks minimizes the propagation of random errors, which optimizes the accuracy and decreases the detection limits of elemental analyses. In comparison with classical methods based on the linear combinations of relevant regions of spectra the improvement may be considerable, especially when several elements are interfering. The method is applied to four case stories covering both borehole logging and on-line analysis on conveyor belt of raw materials.

  11. The optimization of gamma spectra processing in prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA)

    Pinault, Jean-Louis; Solis, Jose

    2009-04-01

    The uncertainty of the elemental analysis is one of the major factors governing the utility of on-line Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA) in the blending and sorting of bulk materials. In this paper, a general method applicable to Gamma spectra processing is presented and applied to PGNAA in mineral industry. Based on the Fourier transform of spectra and their de-correlation in the Fourier space (the improvement of the conditioning of the correlation matrix), processing of overlapping of characteristic peaks minimizes the propagation of random errors, which optimizes the accuracy and decreases the detection limits of elemental analyses. In comparison with classical methods based on the linear combinations of relevant regions of spectra the improvement may be considerable, especially when several elements are interfering. The method is applied to four case stories covering both borehole logging and on-line analysis on conveyor belt of raw materials.

  12. The optimization of gamma spectra processing in prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA)

    The uncertainty of the elemental analysis is one of the major factors governing the utility of on-line Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA) in the blending and sorting of bulk materials. In this paper, a general method applicable to Gamma spectra processing is presented and applied to PGNAA in mineral industry. Based on the Fourier transform of spectra and their de-correlation in the Fourier space (the improvement of the conditioning of the correlation matrix), processing of overlapping of characteristic peaks minimizes the propagation of random errors, which optimizes the accuracy and decreases the detection limits of elemental analyses. In comparison with classical methods based on the linear combinations of relevant regions of spectra the improvement may be considerable, especially when several elements are interfering. The method is applied to four case stories covering both borehole logging and on-line analysis on conveyor belt of raw materials.

  13. The use of synthetic spectra to test the preparedness to evaluate and analyze complex gamma spectra

    Nikkinen, M [Doletom OY (Finland)

    2001-10-01

    This is the report of two exercises that were run under the NKS BOK-1.1 sub-project. In these exercises synthetic gamma spectra were developed to exercise the analysis of difficult spectra typically seen after a severe nuclear accident. The spectra were analyzed twice; first, participants were given short time to give results to resemble an actual emergency preparedness situation, then a longer period of time was allowed to tune the laboratory analysis results for quality assurance purposes. The exercise did prove that it is possible to move measurement data from one laboratory to another if second opinion of the analysis is needed. It was also felt that this kind of exercise would enhance the experience the laboratories have in analyzing accident data. Participants expressed the need for additional exercises of this type, this is inexpensive and an easy way to exercise quick emergency response situations not normally seen in daily laboratory routines. (au)

  14. The use of synthetic spectra to test the preparedness to evaluate and analyze complex gamma spectra

    This is the report of two exercises that were run under the NKS BOK-1.1 sub-project. In these exercises synthetic gamma spectra were developed to exercise the analysis of difficult spectra typically seen after a severe nuclear accident. The spectra were analyzed twice; first, participants were given short time to give results to resemble an actual emergency preparedness situation, then a longer period of time was allowed to tune the laboratory analysis results for quality assurance purposes. The exercise did prove that it is possible to move measurement data from one laboratory to another if second opinion of the analysis is needed. It was also felt that this kind of exercise would enhance the experience the laboratories have in analyzing accident data. Participants expressed the need for additional exercises of this type, this is inexpensive and an easy way to exercise quick emergency response situations not normally seen in daily laboratory routines. (au)

  15. MGA, Pu Isotope Abundance from Multichannel Analyzer Gamma Spectra

    1 - Description of program or function: The MGA (Multiple Group Analysis) program determines the relative abundances of plutonium and other actinide isotopes in different materials. The program analyzes spectra taken of such samples using a 4096-channel germanium (Ge) gamma-ray spectrometer. The code can be run in a one or two detector mode. The first spectrum which is required and must be taken at a gain of .075 keV/channel with a high resolution planar detector, contains the 0-300 keV energy region. The second spectrum, which is optional, must be taken at a gain of 0.25 keV/channel; it becomes important when analyzing high burnup samples (concentration of Pu(241) greater than one percent). Isotopic analysis precision of one percent or better can be obtained, and no calibrations are required. The system also measures the abundances of U(235,238), Np-237, and Am-241. A special calibration option is available to perform a one-time peak-shape characterization when first using a new detector system. 2 - Method of solution: The basic method for determining the relative abundance of the isotopes of plutonium is to measure the intensity of two or more peaks from gamma rays of similar energy, but arising from different isotopes. Since the gamma-ray emission probabilities and half-lives are known, the atom ratios can be calculated provided relative detection efficiencies for the peaks can be estimated

  16. Processing of gamma-ray spectra employing a Fourier deconvolver for the analysis of complex spectra

    Processing of a nuclear spectrum e.g. gamma ray spectrum is concerned with the estimation of energies and intensities of radiation. The processing involves filtering, peak detection and its significance, baseline delineation, the qualitative and the quantitative analysis of singlets and multiplets present in the spectrum. The methodology for the analysis of singlets is well established. However, the analysis of multiplets provides a challenge and is a extremely difficult problem. This report incorporates a Fourier deconvolver for the quantitative analysis of doublets separated by more than a full width at half maximum. The method is easy to implement. The report discusses the methodology, mathematical analysis, and the results obtained by analyzing both synthetic and observed spectra. A computer program, developed for the analysis of a nuclear spectrum, was verified by analyzing a 152Eu gamma ray spectrum. The proposed technique compared favourably with SAMPO and MDFT method. (author). 16 refs., 3 tabs

  17. Automatic analysis of gamma spectra using a desk computer

    A code for the analysis of gamma spectra obtained with a Ge(Li) detector was developed for use with a desk computer (Hewlett-Packard Model 9810 A). The process is performed in a totally automatic way, data are conveniently smoothed and the background is generated by a convolutive equation. A calibration of the equipment with well-known standard sources gives the necessary data for adjusting a third degree equation by minimun squares, relating the energy with the peak position. Criteria are given for determining if certain groups of values constitute or not a peak or if it is a double line. All the peaks are adjusted to a gaussian curve and if necessary decomposed in their components. Data entry is by punched tape, ASCII Code. An alf-numeric printer provides (a) the position of the peak and its energy, (b) its resolution if it is larger than expected, (c) the area of the peak with its statistic error determined by the method of Wasson. As option, the complete spectra with the determined background can be plotted. (author)

  18. Use of new spectral analysis methods in gamma spectra deconvolution

    Pinault, Jean Louis

    1991-07-01

    A general deconvolution method applicable to X and gamma ray spectrometry is proposed. Using new spectral analysis methods, it is applied to an actual case: the accurate on-line analysis of three elements (Ca, Si, Fe) in a cement plant using neutron capture gamma rays. Neutrons are provided by a low activity (5 μg) 252Cf source; the detector is a BGO 3 in. × 8 in. scintillator. The principle of the method rests on the Fourier transform of the spectrum. The search for peaks and determination of peak areas are worked out in the Fourier representation, which enables separation of background and peaks and very efficiently discriminates peaks, or elements represented by several peaks. First the spectrum is transformed so that in the new representation the full width at half maximum (FWHM) is independent of energy. Thus, the spectrum is arranged symmetrically and transformed into the Fourier representation. The latter is multiplied by a function in order to transform original Gaussian into Lorentzian peaks. An autoregressive filter is calculated, leading to a characteristic polynomial whose complex roots represent both the location and the width of each peak, provided that the absolute value is lower than unit. The amplitude of each component (the area of each peak or the sum of areas of peaks characterizing an element) is fitted by the weighted least squares method, taking into account that errors in spectra are independent and follow a Poisson law. Very accurate results are obtained, which would be hard to achieve by other methods. The DECO FORTRAN code has been developed for compatible PC microcomputers. Some features of the code are given.

  19. Decomposition Of Continuum GAMMA Ray Spectra For Point Sources By Using Gold Algorithm

    In this work, we try for decomposition of continuum gamma ray spectra using Gold algorithm. The problem is applied for the gamma spectra of Co-60, Cs-137 and Eu-152 point source for HPGe GC2018 gamma spectroscopy. The results show that the convergence speed is faster than results for using MLEM algorithm and the largest difference of the peak area ratios before and after unfolding from P/T values decreases 15%. (author)

  20. The holistic analysis of gamma-ray spectra in instrumental neutron activation analysis

    Blaauw, M.

    1993-11-15

    The subject is the computerized analysis of the gamma-ray spectra in INAA. This analysis can be separated in three parts: The conversion of the spectra to information on {gamma}-ray energies and their relative intensities (spectrum reduction), the determination of the relation between the intensity of a {gamma}-ray and the amount of the corresponding element present in the sample (standardization) and the attribution of the {gamma}-ray energies to the elements, including the subsequent computation of the amounts of the elements (interpretation). A {gamma}-ray spectrum can be considered to be the linear sum of the {gamma}-ray spectra of the individual radionuclides present in the sample. Knowing the relative activities of the different radionuclides that may be produced by activation of a single element, a {gamma}-ray spectrum in INAA can also be considered to be the linear sum of the spectra of the elements. This principle has hitherto not been used in INAA to analyze the spectra by linear least squares methods, using all {gamma}-ray energies observed in the spectrum. The implementation of this `holistic` approach required that attention be paid to both spectrum reduction, standardization and interpretation. The thesis describes the methods developed for the holistic analysis of {gamma}-ray spectra in INAA, and present results of experimental comparisons between the holistic and other approaches. (orig./HP).

  1. Electromagnetic cascade masquerade: a way to mimic $\\gamma$--ALP mixing effects in blazar spectra

    Dzhatdoev, T A; Kircheva, A P; Lyukshin, A A

    2016-01-01

    Most of the studies on extragalactic {\\gamma}-ray propagation performed up to now only accounted for primary gamma-ray absorption and adiabatic losses (absorption-only model). However, there is growing evidence that this model is oversimplified and must be modified in some way. (...) There are many hints that a secondary component from electromagnetic cascades initiated by primary $\\gamma$-rays or nuclei may be observed in the spectra of some blazars. We study the impact of electromagnetic cascades from primary $\\gamma$-rays or protons on the physical interpretation of blazar spectra obtained with imaging Cherenkov telescopes. We use the publicly-available code ELMAG to compute observable spectra of electromagnetic cascades from primary $\\gamma$-rays. For the case of primary proton, we develop a simple, fast, and reasonably accurate hybrid method to calculate the observable spectrum. (...) Electromagnetic cascades show at least two very distinct regimes labeled by the energy of the primary $\\gamma$-ray ($E_{0...

  2. Effect of positron-atom interactions on the annihilation gamma spectra of molecules

    Green, D G; Wang, F; Gribakin, G F; Surko, C M

    2012-01-01

    Calculations of gamma spectra for positron annihilation on a selection of molecules, including methane and its fluoro-substitutes, ethane, propane, butane and benzene are presented. The annihilation gamma spectra characterise the momentum distribution of the electron-positron pair at the instant of annihilation. The contribution to the gamma spectra from individual molecular orbitals is obtained from electron momentum densities calculated using modern computational quantum chemistry density functional theory tools. The calculation, in its simplest form, effectively treats the low-energy (thermalised, room-temperature) positron as a plane wave and gives annihilation gamma spectra that are about 40% broader than experiment, although the main chemical trends are reproduced. We show that this effective "narrowing" of the experimental spectra is due to the action of the molecular potential on the positron, chiefly, due to the positron repulsion from the nuclei. It leads to a suppression of the contribution of smal...

  3. PRESTO, Slab Shields for Time-Dependent Gamma Spectra

    A - Description of program or function: PRESTO is designed to calculate slab shields for gamma ray sources of complex and time dependent energy spectra. PRESTO I treats cylinder sources with shields at side, such as pipelines or containers in radioactive facilities. PRESTO II is the analogous code for spherical sources. The programs permit to consider volume sources or a combination of volume and surface sources. To describe the source spectrum, one can start from the nuclides contained in the source mixture or (with the aid of PRESTO IA) from energy group sets. The internal data set contains 5 common shield construction materials. B - Method of solution: The solution method is based on the point kernel integration, extended by the 'self absorption distance' concept. The approximation mentioned before reduces the spatial flux calculation to a plane problem. The dose build-up factor is taken into account by Taylor's equation. Some functions necessary for the integration will be calculated inside the program, by means of extrapolation based on the internal data sets. PRESTO permits to calculate: 1). required shield thicknesses for a given dose rate level or the allowed activity concentration of the source for a given shield thickness, both time dependent. 2). the contribution to the dose rate by single nuclides. C - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: - Energy range from 0.1 to 10 MeV. - Contents of internal nuclide library: 100 nuclides with 428 energy lines. One job run can use 30 of them (up to 280 energy lines) - PRESTO I : 1 shielding material per job - PRESTO II: up to 5 shielding materials per job - PRESTO IA: 40 energy groups, taken from the nuclides contained in the data set, or up to 250 free energy groups

  4. Automatic storing of single gamma spectra on magnetic tape. Programs LONGO, DIRE

    The program LONGO provides the block size and the block number in a binary file on magnetic tape. It has been applied to analyse the structure of the nine-track magnetic tapes storing single or coincidence gamma spectra files, recorded in octet form by a MULTI-8 minicomputer in the Nuclear Spectrometry Laboratory of J.E.N. Then the program DIRE has been written to transform the single gamma spectra into a new FASTRAND disk file, storing the information in-36 bit words. A copy of this file is obtained on magnetic tape and the single gamma spectra are then available by standard FORTRAN V reading sentences. (Author) 3 refs

  5. Pulse Summing in the gamma-Ray Spectra

    Gromov, K Ya; Samatov, Zh K; Chumin, V G

    2004-01-01

    It was shown that the peaks formed at the summing of the cascade gamma-rays pulses can be used for the determination of gamma-ray source activity and gamma-ray registration efficency. Possible sources of the determined quantities errors have been investigated. Such a method can be useful at the nuclear reaction cross section measurements, at background analysis in looking for rare decays and so on.

  6. The continuous detection of gamma (X-ray) spectra registered during atmospheric precipitations

    Monitoring of a gamma radiation in a ground atmosphere layer has revealed systematic increases during precipitations (rains, snowfalls). We have designed the instrument for the continuous detecting of differential spectra of a gamma radiation on the basis of spectrometers with sizes of scintillation crystals (Ø62×20 mm) and (Ø150× 100 mm). Registration of spectra of a gamma radiation is made with high resolution by means of the 4096-channel pulse-height analyzer over the energy range from 200 keV up to 4 MeV. Responses of crystals (effectiveness of detecting) to entering radiation have been calculated with the help of GEANT4 package. Instruments posed on the continuous registration of differential spectra of a gamma-ray background. In the present paper the preliminary results of observations carried out by the new instrument are presented. Measuring of spectra during increases of the gamma (X-rays) happening during precipitations, has shown absence in the spectra the characteristic lines of any radio nuclides in all the effective range. Spectra of a X-ray radiation over the range 20-400 keV, obtained earlier on the basis of crystal Ø63×20 mm, are well compounded with the data obtained with the crystal Ø150×100 mm and simulations by GEANT4 package. Joining of two detectors gives a possibility to study spectra of a gamma (X – ray) background and their variations from 20 keV up to 4 MeV.

  7. Time-Integrated Gamma-Ray Burst Synchrotron Spectra from Blast Wave/Cloud Interactions

    Chiang, James

    1998-01-01

    We show that the spectral shape of the low energy tails found for the time-integrated spectra of gamma-ray bursts, even in the absence of strong synchrotron cooling, can be significantly softer than the $\

  8. Individual power density spectra of Swift gamma-ray bursts

    Guidorzi, C.; Dichiara, S.; Amati, L.

    2016-05-01

    Context. Timing analysis can be a powerful tool with which to shed light on the still obscure emission physics and geometry of the prompt emission of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). Fourier power density spectra (PDS) characterise time series as stochastic processes and can be used to search for coherent pulsations and, more in general, to investigate the dominant variability timescales in astrophysical sources. Because of the limited duration and of the statistical properties involved, modelling the PDS of individual GRBs is challenging, and only average PDS of large samples have been discussed in the literature thus far. Aims: We aim at characterising the individual PDS of GRBs to describe their variability in terms of a stochastic process, to explore their variety, and to carry out for the first time a systematic search for periodic signals and for a link between PDS properties and other GRB observables. Methods: We present a Bayesian procedure that uses a Markov chain Monte Carlo technique and apply it to study the individual PDS of 215 bright long GRBs detected with the Swift Burst Alert Telescope in the 15-150 keV band from January 2005 to May 2015. The PDS are modelled with a power-law either with or without a break. Results: Two classes of GRBs emerge: with or without a unique dominant timescale. A comparison with active galactic nuclei (AGNs) reveals similar distributions of PDS slopes. Unexpectedly, GRBs with subsecond-dominant timescales and duration longer than a few tens of seconds in the source frame appear to be either very rare or altogether absent. Three GRBs are found with possible evidence for a periodic signal at 3.0-3.2σ (Gaussian) significance, corresponding to a multi-trial chance probability of ~1%. Thus, we found no compelling evidence for periodic signal in GRBs. Conclusions: The analogy between the PDS of GRBs and of AGNs could tentatively indicate similar stochastic processes that rule BH accretion across different BH mass scales and objects

  9. Laser- and gamma-induced transformations of optical spectra of indium-doped sodium borate glass

    Kopyshinsky, O V; Zelensky, S E; Danilchenko, B A; Shakhov, O P

    2003-01-01

    The optical absorption and luminescence properties of indium-doped sodium borate glass irradiated by gamma-rays and by powerful UV lasers within the impurity-related absorption band are investigated experimentally. It is demonstrated that both the laser- and gamma-irradiation cause similar transformations of optical spectra in the UV and visible regions. The changes of the spectra observed are described with the use of a model which includes three types of impurity centres formed by differently charged indium ions.

  10. Conversion of Airborne Gamma ray Spectra to Ground Level Air Kerma Rates

    Bargholz, Kim; Korsbech, Uffe C C

    A new method for relating airborne gamma-ray spectra to dose rates and kerma rates at ground level is presented. Dependent on flying altitude 50 m to 125 m the method gives correct results for gamma energies above 250 keV respective 350 keV. At lower energies the method underestimate the dose or ...

  11. MCNP modelling of scintillation-detector gamma-ray spectra from natural radionuclides

    Hendriks, Peter; Maucec, M; de Meijer, RJ

    2002-01-01

    gamma-ray spectra of natural radionuclides are simulated for a BGO detector in a borehole geometry using the Monte Carlo code MCNP. All gamma-ray emissions of the decay of K-40 and the series of Th-232 and U-238 are used to describe the source. A procedure is proposed which excludes the time-consumi

  12. Neutron and gamma dose and spectra measurements on the Little Boy replica

    The radiation-measurement team of the Weapons Engineering Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) measured neutron and gamma dose and spectra on the Little Boy replica at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in April 1983. This assembly is a replica of the gun-type atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima in 1945. These measurements support the National Academy of Sciences Program to reassess the radiation doses due to atomic bomb explosions in Japan. Specifically, the following types of information were important: neutron spectra as a function of geometry, gamma to neutron dose ratios out to 1.5 km, and neutron attenuation in the atmosphere. We measured neutron and gamma dose/fission from close-in to a kilometer out, and neutron and gamma spectra at 90 and 300 close-in. This paper describes these measurements and the results. 12 references, 13 figures, 5 tables

  13. gamma ray spectra measurement in WWER-1000 reactor pressure vessel simulator

    The gamma spectra are to be measured in order to evaluate the possible contribution of the gamma rays to the radiation damage of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steel. The results should be used for benchmarking of the calculation of the gamma-ray RPV exposure. The measurements are carried out in the WWER-1000 simulator assembled in the LR-O experimental reactor in NRI Rez. The gamma-ray spectra are measured with the stilbene scintilator spectrometer in the energy range 0.8-10 MeV. The same spectrometer (with smaller stilbene detector) could be used for the measurement of the neutron spectra measurement in the energy range 0.8-10 MeV (Authors)

  14. Analysis method for beta-gamma coincidence spectra from radio-xenon isotopes

    Radio-xenon isotopes monitoring is one important method for the verification of CTBT, what includes the measurement methods of HPGe γ spectrometer and β-γ coincidence. The article describes the analytic flowchart and method of three-dimensional beta-gamma coincidence spectra from β-γ systems, and analyses in detail the principles and methods of the regions of interest of coincidence spectra and subtracting the interference, finally gives the formula of radioactivity of Xenon isotopes and minimum detectable concentrations. Studying on the principles of three-dimensional beta-gamma coincidence spectra, which can supply the foundation for designing the software of β-γ coincidence systems. (authors)

  15. Portable microcomputer unit for the analysis of plutonium gamma-ray spectra

    A portable microcomputer has been developed for the IAEA to perform in-field analysis of plutonium gamma-ray spectra. The unit includes a 16-bit LSI-11/2 microprocessor, 32K words of memory, a 20-character display for user prompting, and a 20-character thermal printer for hardcopy output. Only the positions of the 148-keV Pu-241 and 208-keV U-237 peaks are required for spectral analysis. The unit was tested against gamma-ray spectra taken of NBS plutonium standards and IAEA spectra. Results obtained are presented

  16. Automatic processing of gamma ray spectra employing classical and modified Fourier transform approach

    This report describes methods for automatic processing of gamma ray spectra acquired with HPGe detectors. The processing incorporated both classical and signal processing approach. The classical method was used for smoothing, detecting significant peaks, finding peak envelope limits and a proposed method of finding peak limits, peak significance index, full width at half maximum, detecting doublets for further analysis. To facilitate application of signal processing to nuclear spectra, Madan et al. gave a new classification of signals and identified nuclear spectra as Type II signals, mathematically formalized modified Fourier transform and pioneered its application to process doublet envelopes acquired with modern spectrometers. It was extended to facilitate routine analysis of the spectra. A facility for energy and efficiency calibration was also included. The results obtained by analyzing observed gamma-ray spectra using the above approach compared favourably with those obtained with SAMPO and also those derived from table of radioisotopes. (author). 15 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs

  17. Analysis of Phobos mission gamma ray spectra from Mars

    Trombka, J. I.; Evans, L. G.; Starr, R.; Floyd, S. R.; Squyres, S. W.; Whelan, J. T.; Bamford, G. J.; Coldwell, R. L.; Rester, A. C.; Surkov, Iu. A.

    1992-01-01

    The determination of the elemental composition of the surface of a planetary body can be achieved, in many cases, by remote-sensing gamma ray spectroscopy. A gamma ray spectrometer was carried on the Soviet spacecraft Phobos-2, and obtained data while in an elliptical orbit around Mars. Results of two independent approaches to data analysis, one by the Soviet group and one by an American group are reported. The results for five elements are given for two different orbits of Mars. Major geologic units that contribute to the signal for each orbit have been identified. The results from the two techniques are in general agreement and there appear to be no geologically significant differences between the results for each orbit.

  18. Application of Principal Component Analysis in Prompt Gamma Spectra for Material Sorting

    Im, Hee Jung; Lee, Yun Hee; Song, Byoung Chul; Park, Yong Joon; Kim, Won Ho

    2006-11-15

    For the detection of illicit materials in a very short time by comparing unknown samples' gamma spectra to pre-programmed material signatures, we at first, selected a method to reduce the noise of the obtained gamma spectra. After a noise reduction, a pattern recognition technique was applied to discriminate the illicit materials from the innocuous materials in the noise reduced data. Principal component analysis was applied for a noise reduction and pattern recognition in prompt gamma spectra. A computer program for the detection of illicit materials based on PCA method was developed in our lab and can be applied to the PGNAA system for the baggage checking at all ports of entry at a very short time.

  19. The gamma-ray spectra of halocarbons in positron–electron annihilation process

    The gamma-ray spectra of the positron annihilation process in methane CH4 and its fully substituent halocarbons CF4, CCl4, and CBr4 have been studied. The theoretical predictions of the inner valence electrons agree well with the experimental measurements for all these molecules. That the outermost s electrons in carbon or halogen atoms dominate the gamma-ray spectra has been confirmed for the first time. The positrophilic site has also been found in these molecules and understanding of annihilation processes in molecules has been enhanced. - Highlights: • The inner valence electrons in molecules dominate the Doppler shift. • The outermost atomic s electrons in molecules show dominance in the gamma-ray spectra. • The positron can penetrate deeper inside molecules in positrophilic sites to annihilate with inner valence electrons

  20. The gamma-ray spectra of halocarbons in positron–electron annihilation process

    Ma, X.G., E-mail: hsiaoguangma@188.com; Zhu, Y.H.; Liu, Y.

    2015-10-09

    The gamma-ray spectra of the positron annihilation process in methane CH{sub 4} and its fully substituent halocarbons CF{sub 4}, CCl{sub 4}, and CBr{sub 4} have been studied. The theoretical predictions of the inner valence electrons agree well with the experimental measurements for all these molecules. That the outermost s electrons in carbon or halogen atoms dominate the gamma-ray spectra has been confirmed for the first time. The positrophilic site has also been found in these molecules and understanding of annihilation processes in molecules has been enhanced. - Highlights: • The inner valence electrons in molecules dominate the Doppler shift. • The outermost atomic s electrons in molecules show dominance in the gamma-ray spectra. • The positron can penetrate deeper inside molecules in positrophilic sites to annihilate with inner valence electrons.

  1. Application of Principal Component Analysis in Prompt Gamma Spectra for Material Sorting

    For the detection of illicit materials in a very short time by comparing unknown samples' gamma spectra to pre-programmed material signatures, we at first, selected a method to reduce the noise of the obtained gamma spectra. After a noise reduction, a pattern recognition technique was applied to discriminate the illicit materials from the innocuous materials in the noise reduced data. Principal component analysis was applied for a noise reduction and pattern recognition in prompt gamma spectra. A computer program for the detection of illicit materials based on PCA method was developed in our lab and can be applied to the PGNAA system for the baggage checking at all ports of entry at a very short time

  2. Delin and Delog codes for graphic representation of gamma ray spectra

    Two FORTRAN IV Codes have been developed for graphic representation of the gamma-ray spectra obtained with GeLi detectors and multichannel analyzers. The graphic plotting is carried out with the H.P. Graphic Plotter Mod HP-7221 A, using the graphic package software GRAPHICS-1000 from Hewlett-Packard. The codes have a great versatility and the representation of gamma spectra can be done in a lineal, semilog, or log-log scale, as desired. The gamma ray spectra data are fed into the computer through magnetic tape or perforated paper tape. The different output options and complementary data are given in a conversational way through a terminal with TV display. Among the options that can be selected by the user are the following: 1) smoothing the spectra; 2) drawing the spectra point by point or continuous; 3) output drawing in 1, 2 or 4 sheets with automatic division of the energy scale; 4) overlapping of selected spectra regions in γ-scale ampliation with automatic printout of the region limits and ampliation factor; 5) printing spectra data and identifications of selected photopeaks. The codes can be employed with any computer using printing devices, HP-GRAPHICS 1000 software compatible, but are easily modified for another printing software since their modular structure with FORTRAN IV written subroutines. (author)

  3. DELIN and DELOG codes for graphic representation of gamma ray spectra

    Two Fortran IV Codes has been developed for graphic representation of the gamma-ray spectra obtained with Ge Li detectors and multichannel analyzers. The grafic plotting es carried out with the H.P. Graphic Plotter Mod HP-7221 A, using the graphic package software GRAPHICS-1000 from Hewlett-Packard. The codes have a great versatility and the representation of gamma spectra can ba done in a lineal, semi log, or log-log scale, as desired. The gamma ray spectra data are feed into the computer through magnetic tape or perfored paper tape. The different out-put options and complementary data are given in a conversational way through a terminal with T.V. displays. Among the options that can be selected by the user are the following: - smoothing the spectra - drawing the spectra point by point or continuous - out-put drawing an 1, 2, or 4 sheet with automatic division of the energy scale. - overlapping of selected spectra regions in Y scale ampliation with automatic print-out of the region limits and ampliation factor. - Printing spectra data and identifications of selected photo peaks. The codes can be employed with any computer using printing devices, HP-Graphics 1000 software compatible, but are easily modified for another printing software since their modular structure with Fortran IV written

  4. Dose Rate Determination from Airborne Gamma-ray Spectra

    Bargholz, Kim

    1996-01-01

    The standard method for determination of ground level dose rates from airborne gamma-ray is the integral count rate which for a constant flying altitude is assumed proportional to the dose rate. The method gives reasonably results for natural radioactivity which almost always has the same energy...... distribution. When manmade radioactivity is present, this is no longer the case. Another method based on giving the counts of different channels a different weighting has been examined. The new method is more robust against varying energy distribution, and for energies above 200 keV it gives excellent results....

  5. Experimental Measurements and Computer Simulation of Fission Product Gamma-Ray Spectra

    Sanderson, D.C.W; Cresswell, A.; Allyson, J.D.; McConville, P.

    1997-01-01

    Airborne gamma ray spectrometry using high volume scintillation detectors, optionally in conjunction with Ge detectors, has potential for making rapid environmental measurements in response to nuclear accidents. An experimental investigation and computer simulation have been used to characterise the response of such detectors to short lived fission products. Small samples of 235U were irradiated in a research reactor for short periods, to generate fission product sources. Gamma ray spectra w...

  6. Review of Past Nuclear Accidents: Source Terms and Recorded Gamma-Ray Spectra

    Sanderson, D.C.W.; Cresswell, A.; Allyson, J.D.; McConville, P.

    1997-01-01

    Airborne gamma ray spectrometry using high volume scintillation detectors, optionally in conjunction with Ge detectors, has potential for making rapid environmental measurements in response to nuclear accidents. A literature search on past nuclear accidents has been conducted to define the source terms which have been experienced so far. Selected gamma ray spectra recorded after past accidents have also been collated to examine the complexity of observed behaviour.

  7. Application of the 'GammaGen' Computer Code for NORM Synthetic Spectra Analysis

    'GammaGen' (GG) is a computer software developed to simulate gamma ray spectra obtained from NaI(Tl) or Ge detectors. The detector efficiency, resolution and peak to Compton ratios are used to generate synthetic pulse height spectra for specific detector and geometrical configurations. GG was used in the past for several applications, as to predict the detector response to different radio-nuclides mixtures, to predict the pulse height spectra near a nuclear spent fuel site as a function of the shielding thickness and cooling time and for homeland security purposes. An updated version of the GG program was developed, and the application presented in the present work consists of building a library and simulating the detection and analysis of synthetic spectra to check the performance of a commercial spectrometry system based on a NaI(Tl) detector intended for NORM analysis, which was developed by Amplituda/Russia

  8. A distribution-free test for anomalous gamma-ray spectra

    Gamma-ray spectra are increasingly acquired in monitoring cross-border traffic, or in an area search for lost or orphan special nuclear material (SNM). The signal in such data is generally weak, resulting in poorly resolved spectra, thereby making it hard to detect the presence of SNM. We develop a new test for detecting anomalous spectra by characterizing the complete shape change in a spectrum from background radiation; the proposed method may serve as a tripwire for routine screening for SNM. We show that, with increasing detection time, the limiting distribution of the test is given by some functional of the Brownian bridge. The efficacy of the proposed method is illustrated by simulations. - Highlights: • We develop a new non-parametric test for detecting anomalous gamma-ray spectra. • The proposed test has good empirical power for detecting weak signals. • It can serve as an effective tripwire for invoking more thorough scrutiny of the source

  9. ACCURACY OF MEASUREMENT OF NATURAL GAMMA RAY SPECTRA BY HD—8004 NaI(T1) GAMMA SPECTROMETER

    朱国钦; 郑仁淑

    1995-01-01

    The measurement principle and analysis method of natural gammaray spectra using NaI(T1) scintillation spectrometer are briefly described first,then block diagrams of the HD-8004 NaI(T1) gamma-ray spectrometer,Finally,sample measurements are listed and discussed.The results are quite promising.Based on the analysis of these measurements,measures to improve the accuracy of spectrum measurement are proposed.It is well hoped that these measures can contribute to the development and application of gamma-ray spectrum measurement.

  10. Effect of gamma irradiation on infrared spectra of rat hemoglobin

    The changes in i.r. spectra of hemoglobin of rats exposed to γ radiation at dose levels of 2, 4 and 8 Gy were studied. The displacement of amides (amide 1 and amide 11) bands towards lower hemoglobin fluctuation frequencies was noticed. The shifts were noticed at bands 1655 cm-1 and 1535 cm-1 respectively. Data were taken at different times periods from 0 to 21 days after exposure to radiation. The optical density of the exposed cases decreased in comparison with the control group. (Author)

  11. VISPECT program evaluation in gamma-ray spectra analysis of neutron-activated geological samples

    A comparative evaluation of gamma-ray analysis software VISPECT in relation to two commercial gamma-ray analysis software packages OMNIGAM (EG and GORTEC) and SAMPO 90 (CANBERRA) was performed. For this evaluation, artificial gamma-ray spectra were created, presenting peaks of different intensities and located at different regions of the spectrum. Multiplet peaks with equal and different intensities, but with different channel separations were also created. Neutron activation analysis of the reference material GS-N (IWG-GIT) was also performed, aiming the evaluation of the program VISPECT in the analysis of a geological sample. (author)

  12. Measurement and calculation of characteristic prompt gamma ray spectra emitted during proton irradiation.

    Polf, J C; Peterson, S; McCleskey, M; Roeder, B T; Spiridon, A; Beddar, S; Trache, L

    2009-11-21

    In this paper, we present results of initial measurements and calculations of prompt gamma ray spectra (produced by proton-nucleus interactions) emitted from tissue equivalent phantoms during irradiations with proton beams. Measurements of prompt gamma ray spectra were made using a high-purity germanium detector shielded either with lead (passive shielding), or a Compton suppression system (active shielding). Calculations of the spectra were performed using a model of both the passive and active shielding experimental setups developed using the Geant4 Monte Carlo toolkit. From the measured spectra it was shown that it is possible to distinguish the characteristic emission lines from the major elemental constituent atoms (C, O, Ca) in the irradiated phantoms during delivery of proton doses similar to those delivered during patient treatment. Also, the Monte Carlo spectra were found to be in very good agreement with the measured spectra providing an initial validation of our model for use in further studies of prompt gamma ray emission during proton therapy. PMID:19864704

  13. Spatially-Aware Temporal Anomaly Mapping of Gamma Spectra

    Reinhart, Alex; Biegalski, Steven

    2014-01-01

    For security, environmental, and regulatory purposes it is useful to continuously monitor wide areas for unexpected changes in radioactivity. We report on a temporal anomaly detection algorithm which uses mobile detectors to build a spatial map of background spectra, allowing sensitive detection of any anomalies through many days or months of monitoring. We adapt previously-developed anomaly detection methods, which compare spectral shape rather than count rate, to function with limited background data, allowing sensitive detection of small changes in spectral shape from day to day. To demonstrate this technique we collected daily observations over the period of six weeks on a 0.33 square mile research campus and performed source injection simulations.

  14. Strong MgII systems in quasar and gamma-ray burst spectra

    Porciani, Cristiano; Viel, Matteo; Lilly, Simon J.

    2007-01-01

    The incidence of strong MgII systems in gamma-ray burst (GRB) spectra is a few times higher than in quasar (QSO) spectra. We investigate several possible explanations for this effect, including: dust obscuration bias, clustering of the absorbers, different beam sizes of the sources, multiband magnification bias of GRBs, association of the absorbers with the GRB event or the circumburst environment. We find that: i) the incidence rate of MgII systems in QSO spectra could be underestimated by a...

  15. The gamma-ray spectra of 5-carbon alkane isomers in the positron annihilation process

    Ma, Xiaoguang; Zhu, Yinghao; Liu, Yang

    2016-05-01

    The gamma-ray spectra of pentane (C5H12) and its two isomers, i.e., 2-Methylbutane (CH3C(CH3)HC2H5) and 2,2-Dimethylpropane (C(CH3)4) have been studied theoretically in the present work. The recent experimental gamma-ray spectra of these three molecules show that they have the same Doppler shifts, although their molecular structures are dramatically different. In order to reveal why the gamma-ray spectra of these molecules are less sensitive to the molecular structures, the one-dimensional gamma-ray spectra and spherically averaged momentum (SAM) distributions, the two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (ACAR), and the three-dimensional momentum distributions of the positron-electron pair are studied. The one-centered momentum distributions of the electrons are found to play more important role than the multi-centered coordinate distributions. The present theoretical predictions have confirmed the experimental findings for the first time. The dominance of the inner valence electrons in the positron-electron annihilation process has also been suggested in the present work.

  16. Gamma ray spectra recorded from the fallout collected in May 1986

    An analysis of the gamma ray spectra recorded from the fallout collective in Bucharest and Brasov in May, 1986 was carried out. Relative activities of the assigned radionuclides were computed and the duration of the 235U fuel irradiation has been deduced. (author)

  17. X-ray spectra and soft gamma spectra in 173Lu decay

    X-ray spectra of K- and L-lines and spectra of soft (up to 100 keV) γ quanta accompanying 173Lu decay are measured by three semiconducting detectors. γ quanta of 62.20 keV energy are detected. The intensity of X-rays of the K series relative to the γ lines of 78.65 keV and 100.71 keV is determined. The intensities of electron capture on 173Yb energy lines calculated using γ transition absolute probabilities are given. For the first time X-ray intensities of the L series during 173 Lu decay are determined. The measured intensities agree with those calculated according to the 173Lu decay scheme presented in the Jelepov's revieW

  18. An MS-DOS-based program for analyzing plutonium gamma-ray spectra

    A plutonium gamma-ray analysis system that operates on MS-DOS-based computers has been developed for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to perform in-field analysis of plutonium gamma-ray spectra for plutonium isotopics. The program titled IAEAPU consists of three separate applications: a data-transfer application for transferring spectral data from a CICERO multichannel analyzer to a binary data file, a data-analysis application to analyze plutonium gamma-ray spectra, for plutonium isotopic ratios and weight percents of total plutonium, and a data-quality assurance application to check spectral data for proper data-acquisition setup and performance. Volume 3 contains the software listings for these applications

  19. An MS-DOS-based program for analyzing plutonium gamma-ray spectra

    A plutonium gamma-ray analysis system that operates on MS-DOS-based computers has been developed for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to perform in-field analysis of plutonium gamma-ray spectra for plutonium isotopics. The program titled IAEAPU consists of three separate applications: (1) a data-transfer application for transferring spectral data from a CICERO multichannel analyzer to a binary data file, (2) a data-analysis application to analyze plutonium gamma-ray spectra for plutonium isotopic ratios and weight percents of total plutonium, (3) and a data-quality assurance application to check spectral data for proper data-acquisition setup and performance. Volume 2 describes the operations of these applications and the installation and maintenance of the software

  20. Irregularity in gamma ray source spectra as a signature of axionlike particles

    Wouters, Denis

    2012-01-01

    Oscillations from high energy photons into light pseudoscalar particles in an external magnetic field is expected to happen in some extensions of the Standard Model. It is usually assumed that those axionlike particles (ALPs) could produce a drop in the energy spectra of gamma ray sources and possibly decrease the opacity of the Universe for TeV gamma rays. We show here that these assumptions are in fact based on an average behavior that cannot happen in real observations of single sources. We propose a new method to search for photon-ALP oscillations, taking advantage of the fact that a single observation would deviate from the average expectation. Our method is based on the search for irregularities in the energy spectra of gamma ray sources. We predict features that are unlikely to be produced by known astrophysical processes and a new signature of ALPs that is easily falsifiable.

  1. Distribution of iron&titanium on the lunar surface from lunar prospector gamma ray spectra

    Prettyman, T. H. (Thomas H.); Feldman, W. C. (William C.); Lawrence, David J. (David Jeffery),; Elphic, R. C. (Richard C.); Gasnault, O. M. (Olivier M.); Maurice, S. (Sylvestre); Moore, K. R. (Kurt R.); Binder, A. B.

    2001-01-01

    Gamma ray pulse height spectra acquired by the Lunar Prospector (LP) Gamma-Ray Spectrometer (GRS) contain information on the abundance of major elements in the lunar surface, including O, Si, Ti, Al, Fe, Mg, Ca, K, and Th. With the exception of Th and K, prompt gamma rays produced by cosmic ray interactions with surface materials are used to determine elemental abundance. Most of these gamma rays are produced by inelastic scattering of fast neutrons and by neutron capture. The production of neutron-induced gamma rays reaches a maximum deep below the surface (e.g. {approx}140 g/cm{sup 2} for inelastic scattering and {approx}50 g/cm{sup 2} for capture). Consequently, gamma rays sense the bulk composition of lunar materials, in contrast to optical methods [e.g. Clementine Spectral Reflectance (CSR)], which only sample the top few microns. Because most of the gamma rays are produced deep beneath the surface, few escape unscattered and the continuum of scattered gamma rays dominates the spectrum. In addition, due to the resolution of the spectrometer, there are few well-isolated peaks and peak fitting algorithms must be used to deconvolve the spectrum in order to determine the contribution of individual elements.

  2. Individual power density spectra of Swift gamma-ray bursts

    Guidorzi, C; Amati, L

    2016-01-01

    Timing analysis is a powerful tool with which to shed light on the still obscure emission physics and geometry of the prompt emission of GRBs. Fourier power density spectra (PDS) characterise time series as stochastic processes and can be used to search for coherent pulsations and to investigate the dominant variability timescales. Because of the limited duration and of the statistical properties, modelling the PDS of individual GRBs is challenging, and only average PDS of large samples have been discussed in the literature. We characterise the individual PDS of GRBs in terms of a stochastic process, and carry out for the first time a systematic search for periodic signals and for a link between the PDS and other observables. We present a Bayesian procedure that uses a Markov chain Monte Carlo technique and apply it to study 215 bright long GRBs detected with the Swift Burst Alert Telescope from January 2005 to May 2015. The PDS are modelled with a power-law either with or without a break. Two classes of GRBs...

  3. Analysis code for gamma spectra detected with Ge detectors

    The Atomic Energy Center of Miyagi Prefecture introduced a Ge detector γ-ray spectrometer system for the purpose of examining environmental radiation around Onagawa Nuclear Power Station in March, 1981, and also developed an automatic spectrum analyzing code ARACC (automatic radioactivity calculation code) for qualitatively and quantitatively determining nuclides from the data obtained. After that, the data processing method and output format were improved. The program includes 17 sub-programs under the main program ARACC, in addition, there are the programs for preparing tables, calibrating the energy channels and calculating the efficiency. The Ge system of the Center can obtain normal, anti-compton and coincident spectrum data in a single measurement, but the ARACC is provided for analyzing only the normal spectra among these. In this report, not only the start of program, parameter input, printing output and magnetic tape output, but also the conversion of spectrum data format, peak searching, peak area determination, the treatment of disturbing peaks and the limit of detection are described as the methods of data analysis. The limit of detection is defined as such quantity that the significance level of concluding essentially existing radioactivity as non-existent as a result of measurement is lower than 5 %. (Wakatsuki, Y.)

  4. PEPIN, Methodology for Computing Concentrations, Activities, Gamma-Ray Spectra, and Residual Heat from Fission Products

    1 - Description of program or function: The concentrations, activities, gamma-ray spectra and residual heat from fission products can be calculated as a function of time for instantaneous fission or for one or more irradiation steps. 2 - Methods: Using the basic data in the libraries, the PEPIN code solves the differential equations satisfied by the fission product concentrations. Data Libraries: Independent Yields Library: 8 independent yields for 235U, 238U, 239U, 232U, 233U. Chain library: Precursor chain file for 635 nuclides. Gamma-Ray Energies Library: Average beta and gamma-ray energies in increasing order. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: The number of nuclides must not exceed 650. The number of Gamma-Rays must not exceed 8500. The number of decay times must not exceed 59. The number of irradiation steps must not exceed 40

  5. HYPERMET, Ge(Li) Detector Multichannel Analyser Gamma Spectra Evaluation

    1 - Description of problem or function: HYPERMET is used to perform an automatic analysis of a multichannel gamma-ray pulse-height spectrum taken with a germanium detector. The spectrum is searched for peaks within a specified region. When found, a sub-region is defined about each peak or group of peaks and a non-linear least-squares fit is performed to a parameterized peak shape plus background using an iterative variable-metric technique to search for the best values of the parameters. When all regions have been searched a final table is printed of the position, width, area, and count rate (and the standard deviation of each) for all peaks found in all regions of the spectrum. Any regions where chi-square exceeds an upper limit, standard deviations will be flagged in the final table by a minus sign in front of the region number. A number of options are available including an energy calibration, correction for radioactive decay, and a CALCOMP plot of each fit. 2 - Method of solution: First a peak search is made to determine the locations of any peaks within the specified region. The search is completely automatic with a high probability of finding all true peaks while discriminating against statistical fluctuations, Compton edges, and other spurious or non-peak features of the spectrum. When a peak is found, a search is made for any additional close-lying peaks which could distort the fit if not included. A fitting sub-region is then defined about the peak or peaks. Within this sub- region initial estimates are made for the parameters such as back- ground level, slope and curvature, peak height above background, peak tailing parameters, etc. to use as starting values for the fit. A semi-empirical parameterized peak shape function has been developed to be both complete enough and flexible enough to give a satisfactory fit to the variety of peak shapes, sometimes overlapping. An iterative non-linear least squares fit is then performed for optimum values of the peak

  6. Anomaly Detection in Gamma-Ray Vehicle Spectra with Principal Components Analysis and Mahalanobis Distances

    The goal of primary radiation monitoring in support of routine screening and emergency response is to detect characteristics in vehicle radiation signatures that indicate the presence of potential threats. Two conceptual approaches to analyzing gamma-ray spectra for threat detection are isotope identification and anomaly detection. While isotope identification is the time-honored method, an emerging technique is anomaly detection that uses benign vehicle gamma ray signatures to define an expectation of the radiation signature for vehicles that do not pose a threat. Newly acquired spectra are then compared to this expectation using statistical criteria that reflect acceptable false alarm rates and probabilities of detection. The gamma-ray spectra analyzed here were collected at a U.S. land Port of Entry (POE) using a NaI-based radiation portal monitor (RPM). The raw data were analyzed to develop a benign vehicle expectation by decimating the original pulse-height channels to 35 energy bins, extracting composite variables via principal components analysis (PCA), and estimating statistically weighted distances from the mean vehicle spectrum with the mahalanobis distance (MD) metric. This paper reviews the methods used to establish the anomaly identification criteria and presents a systematic analysis of the response of the combined PCA and MD algorithm to modeled mono-energetic gamma-ray sources

  7. Automatic storing of single gamma spectra on magnetic tape. Programs LONGO, DIRE; Automatizacion del almacenamiento en cinta magnetica de espectros gamma directos. Programas LONGO, DIRE

    Los Arcos Merino, J. M.

    1978-07-01

    The program LONGO provides the block size and the block number in a binary file on magnetic tape. It has been applied to analyse the structure of the nine-track magnetic tapes storing single or coincidence gamma spectra files, recorded in octet form by a MULTI-8 minicomputer in the Nuclear Spectrometry Laboratory of J.E.N. Then the program DIRE has been written to transform the single gamma spectra into a new FASTRAND disk file, storing the information in-36 bit words. A copy of this file is obtained on magnetic tape and the single gamma spectra are then available by standard FORTRAN V reading sentences. (Author) 3 refs.

  8. Experiences With Area Specific Spectrum Stripping of Nai(Tl) Gamma Spectra

    Aage, Helle Karina; Korsbech, Uffe C C; Bargholz, Kim;

    2006-01-01

    laboratory or field measurements with known sources of natural radioactivity. Stripping parameters may, however, often be calculated from the actual survey data or from data from a similar area. Both post processing and real time processing is possible. The technique is useful for gamma source search, for......Abstract Processing of airborne and carborne gamma-ray spectra (AGS and CGS) often includes the stripping (elimination) of the signals from natural radioactivity. Hereby the net result becomes the signals from manmade radioactivity or other radiation anomalies. The parameters needed for spectrum...

  9. Catalogue of response spectra for unfolding in situ gamma-ray pulse-height distributions

    To unfold in situ gamma-ray pulse-height distributions by means of a response matrix technique, the matrix must be in keeping with the measurement geometry, detector size, and energy range to be covered by the measurements. A methodology has been described for determination of standard gamma-ray spectra needed in deriving response matrices and a spectrum catalogue compiled containing graphs and data for the 0-3 MeV (4 x 4 in. NaI(Tl)) and 0-8 MeV (1.5 x 1.5 in. NaI(Tl)) ranges. (author)

  10. Deconvolution of gamma-ray spectra obtained with NAI(Tl) detector in a water tank.

    Rahman, M Sohelur; Cho, Gyuseong; Kang, Bo-Sun

    2009-07-01

    Maximum-likelihood fitting by the expectation maximization deconvolution method is presented to analyse gamma-ray spectra recorded using an NaI(Tl) detector for a water monitoring system. The applicability of the method was tested by deconvolving measured spectra taken using an industry standard 3'' x 3'' cylindrical NaI(Tl) detector in a model water tank with several calibration sources. The results show significant removal of the Compton continuum counts and efficient transfer of the counts into the corresponding photo-peaks. The peak-to-total count ratio and the number of counts in the photo-peaks in the deconvolved spectra increased approximately 4.67 and 5.29 times, respectively, compared with those of measured spectra taken using an NaI(Tl) scintillation detector in the case of (137)Cs. PMID:19502359

  11. Extraction of actinium with di-(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid from hydrochloric and nitric acid solutions

    The extraction of actinium with HDEHP from Cl- and NO3- systems has been investigated. It was found that extraction of actinium from HCl solutions is much better than from HNO3 solutions. Stability constants of actinium complexes Ac(X-)+2 with Cl- and NO3- ligands were determined. Our results show that the actinium formed less stable complexes with Cl- than with NO3- ligands. 5 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab. (author)

  12. Measurement of Branching Fractions and Mass Spectra of B to K pi pi gamma

    Aubert, B.; Barate, R.; Boutigny, D.; Couderc, F.; Karyotakis, Y.; Lees, J.P.; Poireau, V.; Tisserand, V.; Zghiche, A.; /Annecy, LAPP; Grauges, E.; /Barcelona, IFAE; Palano, A.; Pappagallo, M.; Pompili, A.; /Bari U. /INFN, Bari; Chen, J.C.; Qi, N.D.; Rong, G.; Wang, P.; Zhu, Y.S.; /Beijing, Inst. High Energy Phys.; Eigen, G.; Ofte, I.; Stugu, B.

    2005-07-12

    The authors present a measurement of the partial branching fractions and mass spectra of the exclusive radiative penguin processes B {yields} K{pi}{pi}{gamma} in the range m{sub K{pi}{pi}} < 1.8 GeV/c{sup 2}. They reconstruct four final states: K{sup +}{pi}{sup -}{pi}{sup +}{gamma}, K{sup +}{pi}{sup -}{pi}{sup 0}{gamma}, K{sub S}{sup 0}{pi}{sup -}{pi}{sup +}{gamma}, and K{sub S}{sup 0}{pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup 0}{gamma}, where K{sub S}{sup 0} {yields} {pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup -}. Using 232 million e{sup +}e{sup -} {yields} B{bar B} events recorded by the BABAR experiment at the PEP-II asymmetric-energy storage ring, they measure the branching fractions {Beta}(B{sup +} {yields} K{sup +}{pi}{sup -}{pi}{sup +}{gamma}) = (2.95 {+-} 0.13(stat.) {+-} 0.20(syst)) x 10{sup -5}, {Beta}(B{sup 0} {yields} K{sup +}{pi}{sup -}{pi}{sup 0}{gamma}) = (4.07 {+-} 0.22(stat.) {+-} 0.31(syst.)) x 10{sup -5}, {Beta}(B{sup 0} {yields} K{sup 0}{pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup -}{gamma}) = (1.85 {+-} 0.21(stat.) {+-} 0.12(syst.)) x 10{sup -5}, and {Beta}(B{sup +} {yields} K{sup 0}{pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup 0}{gamma}) = (4.56 {+-} 0.42(stat.) {+-} 0.31(syst.)) x 10{sup -5}.

  13. Calculation of neutron and gamma ray energy spectra for fusion reactor shield design: comparison with experiment

    Integral experiments that measure the transport of approx. 14 MeV D-T neutrons through laminated slabs of proposed fusion reactor shield materials have been carried out. Measured and calculated neutron and gamma ray energy spectra are compared as a function of the thickness and composition of stainless steel type 304, borated polyethylene, and Hevimet (a tungsten alloy), and as a function of detector position behind these materials. The measured data were obtained using a NE-213 liquid scintillator using pulse-shape discrimination methods to resolve neutron and gamma ray pulse height data and spectral unfolding methods to convert these data to energy spectra. The calculated data were obtained using two-dimensional discrete ordinates radiation transport methods in a complex calculational network that takes into account the energy-angle dependence of the D-T neutrons and the nonphysical anomalies of the S/sub n/ method

  14. The rapid reduction of gamma-ray spectra with a desk-top calculator

    A programme has been written for a desk-top programmable calculator, so that gamma-ray spectra can be processed immediately after the counting of active samples. The programme has some unusual features, among them automatic boundary selection and rejection of insignificant peaks. Operation is quick and simple, and the results agree well with those obtained from an I.B.M. computer, Model 370/158

  15. Description of computer code PRINS, Program for Interpreting Gamma Spectra, developed at ENEA

    The computer code PRINS, PRogram for INterpreting gamma Spectra, has been developed in collaboration with CENG/SECC (Centre Etude Nucleaire Grenoble / Service Etude Comportement du Combustible). Later it has been updated and improved at ENEA. Properties of the PRINS code are: I) A powerful algorithm to locate the peaks; 2) An accurate evaluation of the errors; 3) Possibility of an automatic channels-energy calibration

  16. Self-Correction of Lanthanum-Cerium Halide Gamma Spectra (pre-print)

    Ding Yuan, Paul Guss, and Sanjoy Mukhopadhyay

    2009-04-01

    Lanthanum-cerium halide detectors generally exhibit superior energy resolutions for gamma radiation detection compared with conventional sodium iodide detectors. However, they are also subject to self-activities due to lanthanum-138 decay and contamination due to beta decay in the low-energy region and alpha decay in the high-energy region. The detector’s self-activity and crystal contamination jointly contribute a significant amount of uncertainties to the gamma spectral measurement and affect the precision of the nuclide identification process. This paper demonstrates a self-correction procedure for self-activity and contamination reduction from spectra collected by lanthanum-cerium halide detectors. It can be implemented as an automatic self-correction module for the future gamma radiation detector made of lanthanum-cerium halide crystals.

  17. Self-Correction of Lanthanum-Cerium Halide Gamma Spectra (pre-print)

    Lanthanum-cerium halide detectors generally exhibit superior energy resolutions for gamma radiation detection compared with conventional sodium iodide detectors. However, they are also subject to self-activities due to lanthanum-138 decay and contamination due to beta decay in the low-energy region and alpha decay in the high-energy region. The detector's self-activity and crystal contamination jointly contribute a significant amount of uncertainties to the gamma spectral measurement and affect the precision of the nuclide identification process. This paper demonstrates a self-correction procedure for self-activity and contamination reduction from spectra collected by lanthanum-cerium halide detectors. It can be implemented as an automatic self-correction module for the future gamma radiation detector made of lanthanum-cerium halide crystals.

  18. Study of gamma ray multiplicity spectra for radiative capture of neutrons in 113,115In

    Neutron radiative capture measurements were performed for the enriched isotopes 113In and 115In on the neutron spectrometer at the Neutron Physics Laboratory of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research employing the gamma ray multiplicity technique and using a ''Romashka'' multi-sectional 4p detector on the 500 m time base of the IBR-30 booster. The gamma multiplicity spectra of resolved resonances were obtained for the 20-500 eV energy range. The mean gamma ray multiplicity was determined for each resonance. The dependence of the ratio S of the low-energy coincidence multiplicity spectrum to the high-energy coincidence multiplicity spectrum on resonance energy exhibits a non-statistical structure. This structure was found to correlate with the local neutron strength function. (author). 10 refs, 6 figs, 2 tabs

  19. Simulations to neutron-induced gamma ray spectra of light nuclides in TNT

    There are several factors affecting the detection of explosive or landmine using neutron-induced reactions, such as the neutron source, detector, object and surroundings. In this paper,using a system of NaI(Tl) or BGO detectors and an Am-Be neutron source, prompt gamma ray spectra from nuclides in TNT of landmine in soil are simulated by MCNP. The counts of full energy characteristic peaks of gamma rays from hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and oxygen in TNT are related to the explosive mass. Effects of the soil moisture on the gamma-ray spectrum are studied. The ratio of full energy peak counts from nitrogen to full energy peak counts from carbon is defined. A method to use the ratio to identify explosives under water environment is proposed. (authors)

  20. An electronic interface for acquisition of 12 delayed gamma-gammacoincidence spectra

    An electronic interface has been constructed to be used m conjunctionwith a Time differential Perturbed gamma-gamma Angular Correlation (TDPAC)spectrometer with four BaF2 detectors. The routing interface is speciallydesigned to work with the Ortec model ADCAM 920-16 multichannel analyzer(MCA) having 16 multiplexed inputs, permitting the simultaneous acquisitionof 12 delayed gamma-gamma coincidence spectra. This innovation provides aconsiderable reduction in the experimental data acquisition time and as aconsequence permits an improvement in the precision of the final results ofthe hyperfine parameters deduced from the TDPAC measurements. The interfaceconsists of two distinct electronic circuits. A novel high performance analogdemultiplexer circuit is used to address the linear pulses from the time toamplitude converter (TAC) to the corresponding MCA inputs, according to thepair of detectors responsible for the given gamma-gamma coincidence.Validation of the gamma-gamma coincidence and control of the analogdemultiplexer are realized by a digital circuit, consisting basically ofmonostable multivibrators and decoders of High-Speed CMOS Logic (HCT). Theperformance of the routing interface was evaluated through several testmeasurements which included the time resolution and linearity of the system,the quadrupolar interaction in 181Ta(Hf), 181Ta(HfO2), 111Cd(Cd)and 111Cd(Pd) samples, and the hyperfine magnetic field in 181'Ta(Ni),11'1Cd(Ni) and 140Ce(Gd) samples. The results of the hyperfineinteraction measurements are discussed and compared with previous results andserve to demonstrate the correct and efficient performance of the constructedinterface. (author)

  1. Which Epeak? The Characteristic Energy of Gamma-ray Burst Spectra

    Preece, Robert; Goldstein, Adam; Bhat, Narayana; Stanbro, Matthew; Hakkila, Jon; Blalock, Dylan

    2016-04-01

    A characteristic energy of individual gamma-ray burst (GRB) spectra can in most cases be determined from the peak energy of the energy density spectra (ν {{ F }}ν ), called “{E}{{peak}}.” Distributions of {E}{{peak}} have been compiled for time-resolved spectra from bright GRBs, as well as time-averaged spectra and peak flux spectra for nearly every burst observed by the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory Burst And Transient Source Experiment and the Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM). Even when determined by an instrument with a broad energy band, such as GBM (8 keV to 40 MeV), the distributions themselves peak at around 240 keV in the observer’s frame, with a spread of roughly a decade in energy. {E}{{peak}} can have considerable evolution (sometimes greater than one decade) within any given burst, as amply demonstrated by single pulses in GRB 110721A and GRB 130427A. Meanwhile, several luminosity or energy relations have been proposed to correlate with either the time-integrated or peak flux {E}{{peak}}. Thus, when discussing correlations with {E}{{peak}}, the question arises, “Which {E}{{peak}}?” A single burst may be characterized by any of a number of values for {E}{{peak}} that are associated with it. Using a single-pulse simulation model with spectral evolution as a proxy for the type of spectral evolution observed in many bursts, we investigate how the time-averaged {E}{{peak}} emerges from the spectral evolution within a single pulse, how this average naturally correlates with the peak flux derived {E}{{peak}} in a burst, and how the distribution in {E}{{peak}} values from many bursts derives its surprisingly narrow width.

  2. To what extent do the f'-spectra in gamma-families reflect the properties of elementary act

    Cosmic ray produces in the atmosphere several gamma quanta, which are detected in gamma sensitive emulsion chambers as a one ''family''. Ratio of energy distribution of gamma quanta to the total gamma energy of family is one of the main parameters describing the cosmic shower. The problem how to reconstruct primary interactions in shower from this fractional energy spectra is considered. Three models of the beginning of shower: broken scaling, heavy scaling and scaling are used to calculate fractional energy spectra for different primary interaction hights. (S.B.)

  3. One photopeaks' analysis of gamma spectra for the minimum square method through one data processing system

    The essence of the work is a computer program by which the gamma spectrum of a radioisotope mixture can be analysed in accordance with a library of spectra for the elements assumed to make up the mixture. The program forms a linear combination of standards by the method of least linear squares, analyses the spectrum obtained with respect to the original, and applies to the results the criteria of mean value, variance, standard deviation, γ2 and its quotient ratio, and the correlation coefficient. The program, written in Fortran, has no limitations as regards the number of channels for each spectrum or the number of spectra, provided all spectra are compatible (same number of channels). As the experimental part of the work a numerical example is given and analysed in critical form to evaluate the suitability of the computer program. (author)

  4. The holistic analysis of gamma-ray spectra in instrumental neutron activation analysis

    The subject is the computerized analysis of the gamma-ray spectra in INAA. This analysis can be separated in three parts: The conversion of the spectra to information on γ-ray energies and their relative intensities (spectrum reduction), the determination of the relation between the intensity of a γ-ray and the amount of the corresponding element present in the sample (standardization) and the attribution of the γ-ray energies to the elements, including the subsequent computation of the amounts of the elements (interpretation). A γ-ray spectrum can be considered to be the linear sum of the γ-ray spectra of the individual radionuclides present in the sample. Knowing the relative activities of the different radionuclides that may be produced by activation of a single element, a γ-ray spectrum in INAA can also be considered to be the linear sum of the spectra of the elements. This principle has hitherto not been used in INAA to analyze the spectra by linear least squares methods, using all γ-ray energies observed in the spectrum. The implementation of this 'holistic' approach required that attention be paid to both spectrum reduction, standardization and interpretation. The thesis describes the methods developed for the holistic analysis of γ-ray spectra in INAA, and present results of experimental comparisons between the holistic and other approaches. (orig./HP)

  5. Detection of Anomalous Gamma-Ray Spectra for On-Site Inspection

    This work aims to solve some of the technical and logistical challenges inherent in performing On Site Inspection activities under the authority of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. Inspectors require equipment that can reliably identify the radionuclide signatures of nuclear test explosions amid a background of environmental contamination. Detection of these radiation anomalies by mobile search teams in the air or on the ground can narrow the search field and target specific areas for more detailed inspection or sampling. The need to protect confidential information of the inspected State Party, especially regarding past nuclear testing activities, suggests that full access to measured gamma-ray spectra should be limited. Spectral blinding techniques - in which only a fraction of the information derived from the spectra is displayed and stored - have the potential to meet the needs of both the OSI team and the State Party. In this paper, we describe one such algorithm that we have developed for identifying anomalous spectra from handheld, mobile, or aerial sensors. The algorithm avoids potential sensitivities by reducing the gamma-ray spectrum into a single number that is displayed and stored. A high value indicates that the spectrum is anomalous. The proposed technique does not rely on identifying specific radionuclides, operates well in the presence of high background variability, and can be configured to ignore specific spectral components. In previous work, the algorithm has proven very effective in classifying gamma-ray spectra as anomalous or not, even with poor statistical information. We performed a limited simulation of an airborne search scenario to demonstrate the potential algorithm for OSI missions. The technique successfully detected an injected source of interest whose count rate was an order of magnitude below background levels. We also configured the algorithm to ignore 137Cs as irrelevant to the mission. The resulting alarm metrics were

  6. Test spectra experimental construction for evaluating gamma-spectrometry computer codes for the 235U determination

    Karfopoulos Konstantinos L.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The determination of 235U in environmental samples from its 185.72 keV photons may require the deconvolution of the multiplet photopeak at ~186 keV, due to the co-existence of the 186.25 keV photons of 226Ra in the spectrum. Successful deconvolution depends on many parameters, such as the detector characteristics, the activity concentration of the 235U and 226Ra in the sample, the background continuum in the 186 keV energy region and the gamma-spectrometry computer code used. In this work two sets of experimental test spectra were constructed for examining the deconvolution of the multiplet photopeak performed by different codes. For the construction of the test spectra, a high-resolution low energy germanium detector was used. The first series consists of 140 spectra and simulates environmental samples containing various activity concentration levels of 235U and 226Ra. The second series consists of 280 spectra and has been derived by adding 137Cs, corresponding to various activity concentration levels, to specific first series test spectra. As the 137Cs backscatter edge is detected in the energy region of the multiplet photopeak at ~186 keV, this second series of test spectra tests the analysis of the multiplet photopeak in high background continuum conditions. The analysis of the test spectra is performed by two different g-spectrometry analysis codes: (a spectrum unix analysis code, a computer code developed in-house and (b analysis of germanium detector spectra, a program freely available from the IAEA. The results obtained by the two programs are compared in terms of photopeak detection and photopeak area determination.

  7. Monte Carlo calculations of neutron and gamma-ray energy spectra for fusion reactor shield design: comparison with experiment

    Neutron and gamma-ray energy spectra resulting from the interactions of approx. 14 MeV neutrons in laminated slabs of stainless steel type-304 and borated polyethylene have been calculated using the Monte Carlo code MCNP. The calculated spectra are compared with measured data as a function of slab thickness and material composition and as a function of detector location behind the slabs. Comparisons of the differential energy spectra are made for neutrons with energies above 850 keV and for gamma rays with energies above 750 keV. The measured neutron spectra and those calculated using Monte Carlo methods agree witin 5% to 50% depending on the slab thickness and composition and neutron energy. The agreement between the measured and calculated gamma-ray energy spectra are also within this range. The MCNP data are also in favorable agreement with attenuated data calculated previously by discrete ordinates transport methods and the Monte Carlo code SAM-CE

  8. The sorption of polonium, actinium and protactinium onto geological materials

    This paper describes a combined experimental and modeling program of generic sorption studies to increase confidence in the performance assessment for a potential high-level radioactive waste repository in Japan. The sorption of polonium, actinium and protactinium onto geological materials has been investigated. Sorption of these radioelements onto bentonite, tuff and granodiorite from equilibrated de-ionized water was studied under reducing conditions at room temperature. In addition, the sorption of actinium and protactinium was investigated at 60 C. Thermodynamic chemical modeling was carried out to aid interpretation of the results

  9. Accuracy evaluation of nuclear reactor gamma spectra reconstruction by the directed divergence method

    An algorithm of accuracy evaluation of nuclear reactor gamma spectra reconstruction according to the data on integral detectors using the directed divergence method (DDM) is considered. The minimally available value of the distinguishing functional taken in DDM is evaluated by the statistical linearization method. The spectra reconstruction accuracy is studied by the statistical simulation method using the numerical experiment. It is shown that the increase of the number of detectors in the set does not improve the approximation of the real spectrum, but it can increase the reconstruction accuracy while using noncorrelated detectors. The increase of the measurement accuracy considerably improves the solution and reduces its dispersion. To keep high confidence of the results it is necessary to increase the number of detectors, but under the conditions of strong correlation bonds, the requirement of high measurement accuracy does not reduce the solution dispersion. On the basis of the analysis of the results of statistical simulation according to the spectra of different forms the conclusion is made that the spectra reconstruction error while varying only the detector readings depend on the initial data accuracy. The error >3-5% included into the sensitivity matrix elements often leads to such a sharp reconstruction error increase that the problem loses it sense. During joint varying the dispersion of the matrix elements and detector readings are summed up as it was expected. It is emphasized that utilization of the statistical simulation helps to have a complete answer to the question on accuracy and resolution of measurements of the nuclear reactor gamma radiation spectra using the integral detectors

  10. The effect of Compton scattering on gamma-ray spectra of the 2005 January 20 flare

    Wei Chen; Wei-Qun Gan

    2012-01-01

    Gamma-ray spectroscopy provides a wealth of information about accelerated particles in solar flares,as well as the ambient medium with which these energetic particles interact.The neutron capture line (2.223 MeV),the strongest in the solar gamma-ray spectrum,forms in the deep atmosphere.The energy of these photons can be reduced via Compton scattering.With the fully relativistic GEANT4 toolkit,we have carried out Monte Carlo simulations of the transport of a neutron capture line in solar flares,and applied them to the flare that occurred on 2005 January 20 (X7.1/2B),one of the most powerful gamma-ray flares observed by RHESSI during the 23rd solar cycle.By comparing the fitting results of different models with and without Compton scattering of the neutron capture line,we find that when including the Compton scattering for the neutron capture line,the observed gamma-ray spectrum can be reproduced by a population of accelerated particles with a very hard spectrum (s≤2.3).The Compton effect of a 2.223 MeV line on the spectra is therefore proven to be significant,which influences the time evolution of the neutron capture line flux as well.The study also suggests that the mean vertical depth for neutron capture in hydrogen for this event is about 8 g cm-2.

  11. Gamma-ray spectra of hexane (C6H14) in positron–electron annihilation process

    Theoretical gamma-ray spectra of molecule hexane have been calculated and compared with the experimental results in both gas (Iwata et al., 1997a) and liquid (Kerr et al., 1965) phases. The present study reveals that in gas phase not all valence electrons of hexane contribute the same degree in the electron–positron annihilation of hexane. The electrons which dominate the positron–electron annihilation of molecules are called positrophilic electrons. The positrophilic electrons are predominately found to involve the electrons on the lowest occupied valence orbital (LOVO) of a free molecule in gas phase. When hexane is confined in liquid phase, however, the intermolecular interactions ultimately eliminate the free molecular orientation and selectivity for the positrophilic electrons in the gas phase. As a result, the gamma-ray spectra of hexane become an “averaged” contribution from all valence electrons, which is again in agreement with liquid phase measurement. The roles of valence electrons in annihilation process for gas and liquid phases of hexane have been recognized for the first time in the present study. - Highlights: • The role of the positrophilic electrons in annihilation process of hexane has been evidenced by excellent agreement with gas phase experiment. • The study suggested that the electrons in the inner most valence orbital—the lowest occupied valence orbital (LOVO)—dominate the positron–electron annihilation of gamma-ray spectra in molecules. • The study suggests that intermolecular interactions of liquid hexane may contribute to eliminate certain individuality of electrons in free molecules to averaged electron behaviors in liquid

  12. Gamma ray energy loss spectra simulation in NaI detectors with the Monte Carlo method

    With the aim of studying and applying the Monte Carlo method, a computer code was developed to calculate the pulse height spectra and detector efficiencies for gamma rays incident on NaI (Tl) crystals. The basic detector processes in NaI (Tl) detectors are given together with an outline of Monte Carlo methods and a general review of relevant published works. A detailed description of the application of Monte Carlo methods to ν-ray detection in NaI (Tl) detectors is given. Comparisons are made with published, calculated and experimental, data. (Author)

  13. 235U fission product gamma spectra: a comparison between experiment and calculation

    Recent measurements of 235U fission product gamma spectra (ORNL), after reduction to a broad group structure, were compared with results of corresponding summation calculations which were made with the UKFPDD-1 fission product data base. In order to facilitate convenient integration of the summation results, weighted sums of decaying exponentials were accurately fitted to them using an iterative least-squares method described. The comparisons between experiment and calculation reveal significant deficiencies in data for short-lived nuclides which prevent the accurate calculation of short-term ( 5 MeV are also examined briefly and possible causes for them are discussed. (author)

  14. Anomalies in low-energy Gamma-Ray Burst spectra with the Fermi Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor

    Tierney, Dave; Preece, Robert D; Fitzpatrick, Gerard; Foley, Suzanne; Guiriec, Sylvain; Bissaldi, Elisabetta; Briggs, Michael S; Burgess, J Michael; Connaughton, Valerie; Goldstein, Adam; Greiner, Jochen; Gruber, David; Kouveliotou, Chryssa; McGlynn, Sinead; Paciesas, William S; Pelassa, Veronique; von Kienlin, Andreas

    2013-01-01

    A Band function has become the standard spectral function used to describe the prompt emission spectra of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). However, deviations from this function have previously been observed in GRBs detected by BATSE and in individual GRBs from the \\textit{Fermi} era. We present a systematic and rigorous search for spectral deviations from a Band function at low energies in a sample of the first two years of high fluence, long bursts detected by the \\textit{Fermi} Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor (GBM). The sample contains 45 bursts with a fluence greater than 2$\\times10^{-5}$ erg / cm$^{2}$ (10 - 1000 keV). An extrapolated fit method is used to search for low-energy spectral anomalies, whereby a Band function is fit above a variable low-energy threshold and then the best fit function is extrapolated to lower energy data. Deviations are quantified by examining residuals derived from the extrapolated function and the data and their significance is determined via comprehensive simulations which account for the ...

  15. The use of difference spectra with a filtered rolling average background in mobile gamma spectrometry measurements

    The use of difference spectra, with a filtering of a rolling average background, as a variation of the more common rainbow plots to aid in the visual identification of radiation anomalies in mobile gamma spectrometry systems is presented. This method requires minimal assumptions about the radiation environment, and is not computationally intensive. Some case studies are presented to illustrate the method. It is shown that difference spectra produced in this manner can improve signal to background, estimate shielding or mass depth using scattered spectral components, and locate point sources. This approach could be a useful addition to the methods available for locating point sources and mapping dispersed activity in real time. Further possible developments of the procedure utilising more intelligent filters and spatial averaging of the background are identified.

  16. Energy spectra of secondary particles in gamma-families and their sensitivity to the primary cosmic ray (PCR) spectrum

    Denisova, V.G.; Guseva, Z.M.; Kanevskaya, E.A.; Maximenko, V.M.; Morozov, A.E.; Puchkov, V.S. [P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute, Leninskii pr., 53, Moscow (Russian Federation); Mukhamedshin, R.A. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Prosp. 60-letiya Oktyabrya 7, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2009-12-15

    Spectra of secondary particles in gamma-families, detected at the Pamirs level in X-ray emulsion chambers, are analyzed. This analysis showed that secondary particle spectra change their slope at the particle energy equal to the summary particle energy at which we select gamma-families. Above this bend the secondary particle slope is sensitive to the PCR spectrum slope and composition. The slopes of secondary particle spectra in the Experiment PAMIR are close to the slopes in the variants of the MC0 model, in which the fraction of primary protons is not less than 25% after the knee.

  17. Measurement of U-235 Fission Neutron Spectra Using a Multiple Gamma Coincidence Technique

    Ji, Chuncheng; Kegel, G. H. R.; Egan, J. J.; DeSimone, D. J.; Alimeti, A.; Roldan, C. F.; McKittrick, T. M.; Kim, D.-S.; Chen, X.; Tremblay, S. E.

    2005-05-01

    The Los Alamos Model of Madland and Nix predicts the shape of the fission neutron energy spectrum for incident primary neutrons of different energies. Verifications of the model normally are limited to measurements of the fission neutron spectra for energies higher than that of the primary neutrons because the low-energy spectrum is distorted by the admixture of elastically and inelastically scattered neutrons. This situation can be remedied by using a measuring technique that separates fission from scattering events. One solution consists of using a fissile sample so thin that fission fragments can be observed indicating the occurrence of a fission event. A different approach is considered in this paper. It has been established that a fission event is accompanied by the emission of between seven and eight gamma rays, while in a scattering interaction, between zero and two gammas are emitted, so that a gamma multiplicity detector should supply a datum to distinguish a fission event from a scattering event. We proceed as follows: A subnanosecond pulsed and bunched proton beam from the UML Van de Graaff generates nearly mono-energetic neutrons by irradiating a thin metallic lithium target. The neutrons irradiate a 235U sample. Emerging neutron energies are measured with a time-of-flight spectrometer. A set of four BaF2 detectors is located close to the 235U sample. These detectors together with their electronic components identify five different events for each neutron detected, i.e., whether four, three, two, one, or none of the BaF2 detectors received one (or more) gamma rays. We present work, preliminary to the final measurements, involving feasibility considerations based on gamma-ray coincidence measurements with four BaF2 detectors, and the design of a Fission-Scattering Discriminator under construction.

  18. Discovery of the actinium, thorium, protactinium, and uranium isotopes

    Fry, C; Thoennessen, M

    2012-01-01

    Currently, 31 actinium, 31 thorium, 28 protactinium, and 23 uranium isotopes have so far been observed; the discovery of these isotopes is discussed. For each isotope a brief summary of the first refereed publication, including the production and identification method, is presented.

  19. Separation of Actinium 227 from the uranium minerals

    The purpose of this work was to separate Actinium 227, whose content is 18%, from the mineral carnotite found in Gomez Chihuahua mountain range in Mexico. The mineral before processing is is pre-concentrated and passed, first through anionic exchange resins, later the eluate obtained is passed through cationic resins. The resins were 20-50 MESH QOWEX and 100-200 MESH 50 X 8-20 in some cased 200-400 MESH AG 50W-X8, 1X8 in other cases. The eluates from the ionic exchange were electrodeposited on stainless steel polished disc cathode and platinum electrode as anode; under a current ODF 10mA for 2.5 to 5 hours and of 100mA for .5 of an hour. it was possible to identify the Actinium 227 by means of its descendents, TH-227 and RA-223, through alpha spectroscopy. Due to the radiochemical purity which the electro deposits were obtained the Actinium 227 was low and was not quantitatively determined. A large majority of the members of the natural radioactive series 3 were identified and even alpha energies reported in the literature with very low percentages of non-identified emissions were observed. We conclude that a more precise study is needed concerning ionic exchange and electrodeposit to obtain an Actinium 227 of radiochemical purity. (Author)

  20. Spectroscopic and computational investigation of actinium coordination chemistry.

    Ferrier, Maryline G; Batista, Enrique R; Berg, John M; Birnbaum, Eva R; Cross, Justin N; Engle, Jonathan W; La Pierre, Henry S; Kozimor, Stosh A; Lezama Pacheco, Juan S; Stein, Benjamin W; Stieber, S Chantal E; Wilson, Justin J

    2016-01-01

    Actinium-225 is a promising isotope for targeted-α therapy. Unfortunately, progress in developing chelators for medicinal applications has been hindered by a limited understanding of actinium chemistry. This knowledge gap is primarily associated with handling actinium, as it is highly radioactive and in short supply. Hence, Ac(III) reactivity is often inferred from the lanthanides and minor actinides (that is, Am, Cm), with limited success. Here we overcome these challenges and characterize actinium in HCl solutions using X-ray absorption spectroscopy and molecular dynamics density functional theory. The Ac-Cl and Ac-OH2O distances are measured to be 2.95(3) and 2.59(3) Å, respectively. The X-ray absorption spectroscopy comparisons between Ac(III) and Am(III) in HCl solutions indicate Ac(III) coordinates more inner-sphere Cl(1-) ligands (3.2±1.1) than Am(III) (0.8±0.3). These results imply diverse reactivity for the +3 actinides and highlight the unexpected and unique Ac(III) chemical behaviour. PMID:27531582

  1. 1012 - 1015 eV interaction deduced from energy spectra of gamma-ray and hadrons at airplane altitude

    The present paper deals with the latest results of the spectral measurements of high energy cosmic ray performed on an airplane with an emulsion chamber. The hadronic component together with the gamma-ray component were observed in the region of gamma energy not smaller than 30 GeV and gamma energy sum not larger than 40 TeV. It was observed that the integral spectra of hadronic showers showed less steep power than those obtained at mountain stations. On the other hand, the integral spectra of gamma-ray in the energy region from 40 GeV to 40 TeV showed steeper power than those of hadronic component. The zenith angle distributions of hadrons and gamma-ray were inspected, and it was confirmed that the observed distributions were well reproduced by the theoretical curves with the appropriate attenuation length. (Yoshimori, M.)

  2. Gamma-ray spectra of methane in the positron-electron annihilation process

    Ma, Xiaoguang

    2012-01-01

    Bound electron contribution to the Doppler-shift of gamma-ray spectra in the positron-electron annihilation process of molecular methane has been studied in gas phase. Two accurate ab initio quantum mechanical schemes, i.e. the delocalized molecular orbital (MO) and the localized natural bond orbital (NBO) schemes, are applied to study the multi-centred methane molecule. The present ab initio calculations of methane indicate that the C-H bonds are polarized with the partial negative charge of -0.36 a.u. on the carbon atom and the partial positive charge of +0.09 a.u. on each of the hydrogen atoms. The positively charged hydrogen atoms produce repulsive Coulomb potentials to a positron. Both the MO and NBO schemes further reveal that the 2a1 electrons of methane, that is, the 2a1 electron component of the C-H bonds rather than the whole C-H bonds of methane, predominates the positron-electron annihilation gamma-ray spectra of the molecule. Electrons of a molecule which are dominant the positron-electron annihi...

  3. DELIN and DELOG codes for graphic representation of gamma ray spectra; Programas DELIN y DELOG para la representacion grafica de espectros gamma

    Romero, L.; Travesi, A.

    1983-07-01

    Two Fortran IV Codes has been developed for graphic representation of the gamma-ray spectra obtained with Ge Li detectors and multichannel analyzers. The grafic plotting es carried out with the H.P. Graphic Plotter Mod HP-7221 A, using the graphic package software GRAPHICS-1000 from Hewlett-Packard. The codes have a great versatility and the representation of gamma spectra can ba done in a lineal, semi log, or log-log scale, as desired. The gamma ray spectra data are feed into the computer through magnetic tape or perfored paper tape. The different out-put options and complementary data are given in a conversational way through a terminal with T.V. displays. Among the options that can be selected by the user are the following: - smoothing the spectra - drawing the spectra point by point or continuous - out-put drawing an 1, 2, or 4 sheet with automatic division of the energy scale. - overlapping of selected spectra regions in Y scale ampliation with automatic print-out of the region limits and ampliation factor. - Printing spectra data and identifications of selected photo peaks. The codes can be employed with any computer using printing devices, HP-Graphics 1000 software compatible, but are easily modified for another printing software since their modular structure with Fortran IV written.

  4. EPR spectra induced by gamma-irradiation of some dry medical herbs

    The radiation-induced EPR spectra in some medical herbs are reported. The samples studied are: (i) leaves of nettle, common balm, peppermint and thyme; (ii) stalks of common balm, thyme, milfoil, yarrow and marigold; (iii) blossoms of yarrow and marigold; (iv) blossoms and leaves of hawthorn and tutsan; and (v) roots of common valerian, nettle, elecampane (black and white), restharrows and carlina. Before irradiation all samples exhibit one weak anisotropic singlet EPR line with effective g-value of 2.0050±0.0002. The radiation-induced spectra fall into three groups. EPR spectra of irradiated blossoms of yarrow and marigold, stalks of common balm, thyme, tutsan and yarrow as well as roots of common valerian, nettle and elecampane (black and white) show 'cellulose-like' EPR spectrum typical for irradiated plants. It is characterized by one intense central line with g=2.0050±0.0005 and two weak satellite lines situated ca. 30 G left and right to it. EPR spectra of gamma-irradiated restharrows and carlina are complex. They may be represented by one triplet corresponding to the 'cellulose-like' EPR spectrum, one relatively intense singlet, situated in the center of the spectrum, and five weak additional satellite lines left and right to the center. The last spectrum was assigned as 'carbohydrate-like' type. Only one intense EPR singlet with g=2.0048±0.0005 was recorded after irradiation of leaves of nettle and common balm. The lifetime of the radiation-induced EPR spectra was followed for a period of 3 months

  5. EPR spectra induced by gamma-irradiation of some dry medical herbs

    Yordanov, N. D.; Lagunov, O.; Dimov, K.

    2009-04-01

    The radiation-induced EPR spectra in some medical herbs are reported. The samples studied are: (i) leaves of nettle, common balm, peppermint and thyme; (ii) stalks of common balm, thyme, milfoil, yarrow and marigold; (iii) blossoms of yarrow and marigold; (iv) blossoms and leaves of hawthorn and tutsan; and (v) roots of common valerian, nettle, elecampane (black and white), restharrows and carlina. Before irradiation all samples exhibit one weak anisotropic singlet EPR line with effective g-value of 2.0050±0.0002. The radiation-induced spectra fall into three groups. EPR spectra of irradiated blossoms of yarrow and marigold, stalks of common balm, thyme, tutsan and yarrow as well as roots of common valerian, nettle and elecampane (black and white) show "cellulose-like" EPR spectrum typical for irradiated plants. It is characterized by one intense central line with g=2.0050±0.0005 and two weak satellite lines situated ca. 30 G left and right to it. EPR spectra of gamma-irradiated restharrows and carlina are complex. They may be represented by one triplet corresponding to the "cellulose-like" EPR spectrum, one relatively intense singlet, situated in the center of the spectrum, and five weak additional satellite lines left and right to the center. The last spectrum was assigned as "carbohydrate-like" type. Only one intense EPR singlet with g=2.0048±0.0005 was recorded after irradiation of leaves of nettle and common balm. The lifetime of the radiation-induced EPR spectra was followed for a period of 3 months.

  6. EPR spectra induced by gamma-irradiation of some dry medical herbs

    Yordanov, N.D. [Laboratory EPR, Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria)], E-mail: ndyepr@bas.bg; Lagunov, O. [Laboratory EPR, Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria); Dimov, K. [Institute of Cryobiology and Food technology, 1162 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2009-04-15

    The radiation-induced EPR spectra in some medical herbs are reported. The samples studied are: (i) leaves of nettle, common balm, peppermint and thyme; (ii) stalks of common balm, thyme, milfoil, yarrow and marigold; (iii) blossoms of yarrow and marigold; (iv) blossoms and leaves of hawthorn and tutsan; and (v) roots of common valerian, nettle, elecampane (black and white), restharrows and carlina. Before irradiation all samples exhibit one weak anisotropic singlet EPR line with effective g-value of 2.0050{+-}0.0002. The radiation-induced spectra fall into three groups. EPR spectra of irradiated blossoms of yarrow and marigold, stalks of common balm, thyme, tutsan and yarrow as well as roots of common valerian, nettle and elecampane (black and white) show 'cellulose-like' EPR spectrum typical for irradiated plants. It is characterized by one intense central line with g=2.0050{+-}0.0005 and two weak satellite lines situated ca. 30 G left and right to it. EPR spectra of gamma-irradiated restharrows and carlina are complex. They may be represented by one triplet corresponding to the 'cellulose-like' EPR spectrum, one relatively intense singlet, situated in the center of the spectrum, and five weak additional satellite lines left and right to the center. The last spectrum was assigned as 'carbohydrate-like' type. Only one intense EPR singlet with g=2.0048{+-}0.0005 was recorded after irradiation of leaves of nettle and common balm. The lifetime of the radiation-induced EPR spectra was followed for a period of 3 months.

  7. The time evolution of GRB spectra by a precessing lighthouse $\\gamma$ jet

    Fargion, D

    1996-01-01

    Inverse Compton Scattering (ICS) by a relativistic electron beam jet at GeV energies (emitted by a compact object as a NS, BH,...), a NSJ, onto thermal BBR photons (from a nearby stellar companion) may originate a collinear gamma jet (GJ). Due to the binary system interaction the GJ precession would blaze suddenly toward the observer leading to a GRB event. The internal GJ cone structure is ruled by relativistic kinematics into a concentric onion-like sequence of photon rings, the softer in the external boundaries, the harder in the inner cone. The pointing and the crossing of such different GJ photon rings to the detector lead to a GRB hardness spectra evolution nearly corresponding to most observed ones. Moreover expected time integral spectra are also comparable with known GRB spectra. The total energy input of tens of thousands of such NSJ in an extended galactic halo, mainly cosmic rays electrons, should be reflected into the recent observational evidence (COMPTEL) of a diffused relic extended halo. Evid...

  8. PEGASO: a library of gamma spectra from U and Pu samples

    Laboratory activities produce a large amount of data that are often stored in a non-organised way on electronic devices and/or on paper. Usually each campaign is a stand-alone exercise where only limited pieces of information are registered for the specific use. So a single assay could not include a complete documentation reporting all the experimental conditions and the instrumentation used. In addition, it could happen that the measurement file includes only the ID of the assayed sample and the information concerning the sample itself is stored elsewhere. A completely characterised measurement could be used for comparison exercises avoiding time consuming and dose risk repetitions. A computer-based data archive with easy access to the sample, instrumentation and experimental attributes could allow a selection of measurements belonging to different campaigns. Researchers can easily compare a wide range of data, trainers can practice on data analysis algorithms, external users could perform their evaluations choosing the appropriate data sets without exposing to dose risk. PEGASO is an electronic gamma spectra library providing a controlled web access to a wide range of measurements performed in PERLA facility. The flexible user interface allows an easy consultation. New spectra can be added on-line if all the required information is given and quality indicators are specified. The 1500 spectra already included cover a wide range of nuclear material samples and acquisition devices. They were performed in various experimental conditions under well-controlled (quality indicators) and documented (internal data sheets) conditions

  9. Strong MgII systems in quasar and gamma-ray burst spectra

    Porciani, C; Lilly, S J; Porciani, Cristiano; Viel, Matteo; Lilly, Simon J.

    2007-01-01

    The incidence of strong MgII systems in gamma-ray burst (GRB) spectra is a few times higher than in quasar (QSO) spectra. We investigate several possible explanations for this effect, including: dust obscuration bias, clustering of the absorbers, different beam sizes of the sources, multiband magnification bias of GRBs, association of the absorbers with the GRB event or the circumburst environment. We find that: i) the incidence rate of MgII systems in QSO spectra could be underestimated by a factor 1.3-2 due to dust obscuration; ii) the equivalent-width distribution of the MgII absorbers along GRBs is consistent with that observed along QSOs thus suggesting that the absorbers are more extended than the beam sizes of the sources; iii) on average, GRB afterglows showing more than one MgII system are a factor of 1.7 brighter than the others, suggesting a lensing origin of the observed discrepancy; iv) gravitational lensing (in different forms, from galaxy lensing to microlensing) can bias high the counts of MgI...

  10. Production of high-purity radium-223 from legacy actinium-beryllium neutron sources.

    Soderquist, Chuck Z; McNamara, Bruce K; Fisher, Darrell R

    2012-07-01

    Radium-223 is a short-lived alpha-particle-emitting radionuclide with potential applications in cancer treatment. Research to develop new radiopharmaceuticals employing (223)Ra has been hindered by poor availability due to the small quantities of parent actinium-227 available world-wide. The purpose of this study was to develop innovative and cost-effective methods to obtain high-purity (223)Ra from (227)Ac. We obtained (227)Ac from two surplus actinium-beryllium neutron generators. We retrieved the actinium/beryllium buttons from the sources and dissolved them in a sulfuric-nitric acid solution. A crude actinium solid was recovered from the solution by coprecipitation with thorium fluoride, leaving beryllium in solution. The crude actinium was purified to provide about 40 milligrams of actinium nitrate using anion exchange in methanol-water-nitric acid solution. The purified actinium was then used to generate high-purity (223)Ra. We extracted (223)Ra using anion exchange in a methanol-water-nitric acid solution. After the radium was separated, actinium and thorium were then eluted from the column and dried for interim storage. This single-pass separation produces high purity, carrier-free (223)Ra product, and does not disturb the (227)Ac/(227)Th equilibrium. A high purity, carrier-free (227)Th was also obtained from the actinium using a similar anion exchange in nitric acid. These methods enable efficient production of (223)Ra for research and new alpha-emitter radiopharmaceutical development. PMID:22697483

  11. Effective absorbing column density in the gamma-ray burst afterglow X-ray spectra

    Campana, S.; Bernardini, M. G.; Braito, V.; Cusumano, G.; D'Avanzo, P.; D'Elia, V.; Ghirlanda, G.; Ghisellini, G.; Melandri, A.; Salvaterra, R.; Tagliaferri, G.; Vergani, S. D.

    2014-07-01

    We investigate the scaling relation between the observed amount of absorption in the X-ray spectra of gamma-ray burst afterglows and the absorber redshift. Through dedicated numerical simulations of an ideal instrument, we establish that this dependence has a power-law shape with index 2.4. However, for real instruments, this value depends on their low-energy cut-off, spectral resolution and on the detector spectral response in general. We thus provide appropriate scaling laws for specific instruments. Finally, we discuss the possibility to measure the absorber redshift from X-ray data alone. We find that 105-106 counts in the 0.3-10 keV band are needed to constrain the redshift with 10 per cent accuracy. As a test case, we discuss the XMM-Newton observation of GRB 090618 at z = 0.54. We are able to recover the correct redshift of this burst with the expected accuracy.

  12. GRABGAM: A Gamma Analysis Code for Ultra-Low-Level HPGe SPECTRA

    Winn, W.G.

    1999-07-28

    The GRABGAM code has been developed for analysis of ultra-low-level HPGe gamma spectra. The code employs three different size filters for the peak search, where the largest filter provides best sensitivity for identifying low-level peaks and the smallest filter has the best resolution for distinguishing peaks within a multiplet. GRABGAM basically generates an integral probability F-function for each singlet or multiplet peak analysis, bypassing the usual peak fitting analysis for a differential f-function probability model. Because F is defined by the peak data, statistical limitations for peak fitting are avoided; however, the F-function does provide generic values for peak centroid, full width at half maximum, and tail that are consistent with a Gaussian formalism. GRABGAM has successfully analyzed over 10,000 customer samples, and it interfaces with a variety of supplementary codes for deriving detector efficiencies, backgrounds, and quality checks.

  13. Spectra characteristics of airborne gamma-ray spectrometer based on data fusion

    Background: Airborne gamma-ray spectrometry is made up of multiple NaI (Tl) detector, but the detectors have the different level of noise. Purpose: Aimed at reducing the affection of noise, a weighted least square fusion estimation algorithm is presented to extract the Spectra Characteristics. Methods: The method doesn't need any prior knowledge on the detector, but carries on the variance estimated on-line these data and timely adjust weights of various fusion sensors in order to make the mean-square error of fusion results least all the time. Results: It is used to process the date come from the standard model, the results show that measurement error range of 40K decreased from 17% to 12%. Conclusions: The result has shown that the method can dramatically decrease the error and improve the accuracy. (authors)

  14. PC based analysis of gamma ray spectra generated by semiconductor detectors

    This report describes a spectrum analysis method and computer program for analysis of gamma spectra obtained by using semiconductor detectors and multichannel analysers. The analysis steps incorporated are smoothing, peak location using signal processing method of convolution, selectable background subtraction viz linear, polynomial and step like, peak fitting both for singlets and doublets using Mukoyama's method for evaluation of full width at half maximum and area evaluation including errors in its evaluation. The program also provides a facility for energy calibration. Typical results of analysis for singlets and doublets are included. This report is based on Wilson's report which has been modified and extended. The program is written in BASIC and its listing is included in the appendices. (author). 20 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs

  15. Effective absorbing column density in the gamma-ray burst afterglow X-ray spectra

    Campana, S; Braito, V; Cusumano, G; D'Avanzo, P; D'Elia, V; Ghirlanda, G; Ghisellini, G; Melandri, A; Salvaterra, R; Tagliaferri, G; Vergani, S D

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the scaling relation between the observed amount of absorption in the X-ray spectra of Gamma Ray Burst (GRB) afterglows and the absorber redshift. Through dedicated numerical simulations of an ideal instrument, we establish that this dependence has a power law shape with index 2.4. However, for real instruments, this value depends on their low energy cut-off, spectral resolution and on the detector spectral response in general. We thus provide appropriate scaling laws for specific instruments. Finally, we discuss the possibility to measure the absorber redshift from X-ray data alone. We find that 10^5-10^6 counts in the 0.3-10 keV band are needed to constrain the redshift with 10% accuracy. As a test case we discuss the XMM-Newton observation of GRB 090618 at z=0.54. We are able to recover the correct redshift of this burst with the expected accuracy.

  16. Exploitation of gamma ray spectra by non parametric probabilistic methods and without operator's intervention

    Gamma ray spectrometry is a passive non-destructive assay most commonly used for the quantification of radionuclides in nuclear waste. The thesis aims to improve the exploitation of the spectra (which takes place after the step of acquiring the spectrum). The exploitation of the spectra was done in two parts (extract energy and net areas of the peaks contained in the spectrum and determine the efficiency of the assay), the work is divided into two parts. First, we set up a validation process that quantifies the uncertainties caused by the extraction of energy and net areas and that is applicable to any deconvolution software. With this process, we studied the performance of the deconvolution performed by the software SINBAD. The work has allowed to have an automated tool for extracting energy and net areas of full absorption peaks whose uncertainties are quantified. Finally, the second part of the thesis has allowed to develop an automated method for calculating the efficiency of the assay, that is applicable to any objects being measured. The feasibility of the method to simple cases was proved by the thesis. The extrapolation to more complex cases will be subject of further studies. (author)

  17. Upper Limits on the Extragalactic Background Light from the Gamma-Ray Spectra of Blazars

    Schroedter, M

    2005-01-01

    The direct measurement of the extragalactic background light (EBL) is difficult at optical to infrared wavelengths because of the strong foreground radiation originating in the Solar System. Very high energy (VHE, E$>$100 GeV) gamma rays interact with EBL photons of these wavelengths through pair production. In this work, the available VHE spectra from six blazars are used to place upper limits on the EBL. These blazars have been detected over a range of redshifts and a steepening of the spectral index is observed with increasing source distance. This can be interpreted as absorption by the EBL. In general, knowledge of the intrinsic source spectrum is necessary to determine the density of the intervening EBL. Motivated by the observed spectral steepening with redshift, upper limits on the EBL are derived by assuming that the intrinsic spectra of the six blazars are $\\propto E^{-1.8}$. Upper limits are then placed on the EBL flux at discrete energies without assuming a specific spectral shape for the EBL. Thi...

  18. APPLE-2: an improved version of APPLE code for plotting neutron and gamma ray spectra and reaction rates

    A computer code APPLE-2 which plots the spatial distribution of energy spectra of multi-group neutron and/or gamma ray fluxes, and reaction rates has been developed. This code is an improved version of the previously developed APPLE code and has the following features: (1) It plots energy spectra of neutron and/or gamma ray fluxes calculated by ANISN, DOT and MORSE. (2) It calculates and plots the spatial distribution of neutron and gamma ray fluxes and various types of reaction rates such as nuclear heating rates, operational dose rates, displacement damage rates. (3) Input data specification is greatly simplified by the use of standard, response libraries and by close coupling with radiation transport calculation codes. (4) Plotting outputs are given in camera ready form. (author)

  19. Order statistics and energy-ordered histograms: an analytical approach to continuum gamma-ray spectra

    Full text: Fusion-evaporation heavy ion collisions have enable us to explore new regions of phase space E - I, particularly high spin and excitation energy regions, where level densities are so high that modern detectors are unable to resolve individual gamma-ray transitions and consequently the resulting spectrum is continuous and undoubtedly contains a lot of new physics. In spite of that, very few experiments have been designed to extract conclusions about behavior of nuclei in continuum, thus in order to obtain a continuum spectroscopy it is necessary to apply to numerical simulations. In this sense GAMBLE a Monte Carlo based code- is a powerful tool that with some modifications allows us to test a new method to analyze the outcome of experiments focused on the properties of phase space regions in nuclear continuum: The use of Energy-Ordered Spectra (EOS) . Let's suppose that in a experiment is collected all gamma radiation emitted by a specific nucleus in a fixed intrinsic excitation energy range and that the different EOS are constructed. Although it has been shown that comparisons between such EOS and Monte Carlo simulations give information about the level density and the strength function their interpretation is not too clear because the large number of input values needed in a code like GAMBLE. On the other hand, if we could have an analytical description of EOS, the understanding of the underlying physics would be more simple because one could control exactly the involved variables and eventually simulation would be unnecessary. Promissory advances in that direction come from mathematical theory of Order Statistics (OS) In this work it is described the modified code GAMBLE and some simulated EOS for 170 Hf are shown. The simulations are made with different formulations for both level density (Fermi Gas at constant and variable temperature) and gamma strength function (GDR, single particle). Further it is described in detail how OS are employed in the

  20. Secondary Standardizations with Digital Computer Techniques to Normalize Multiple Gamma-Ray Spectra for Direct Efficiency Determinations

    A new standardization technique for gamma-ray emitting nuclides has been developed. The method is based on the use of gamma-ray spectral data in digital format from absolutely standardized samples of radionuclides. A system for collecting a library of gamma-ray spectra from such absolutely standardized samples was perfected in conjunction with a least-squares gamma-spectral resolution programme. A pooling programme was devised to combine six gamma-ray spectra from multiple sample mounts from the single master solution. The programme was written in FORTRAN-FAP for the IBM 1090 computer; it corrects for background, decay, and gain shift, and then converts the spectral data from counts/second/channel to counts/disintegration/channel using the disintegration rate of the standard sample as an input parameter. The spectral data are treated statistically with an analysis of variance to get a high degree of accuracy in the library of spectra. Since the gamma-ray spectra from the pooling programme consist of channel-by-channel data in units of counts per disintegration, these response curves comprise a channel-by-channel measure of the efficiency of detection for the given gamma-ray spectrometer system. By combining these individual channel efficiencies for some region of the gamma-ray spectrum that is not affected greatly by external processes (e.g. a prominent photopeak), it is possible to assign directly an efficiency factor for the detection of each of the library nuclides. An assay system has been developed with the digital data in the form of punched paper tape. The paper-tape standard may be read into the memory of a multichannel analyser where a direct comparison may be made with the unknown sample. The system has been found to be independent of detector resolution as long as the region chosen for the comparison of standard and unknown encompasses an entire photopeak. A library of standard spectra in the described format has been collected for 42 radionuclides using

  1. F-GAMMA: On the phenomenological classification of continuum radio spectra variability patterns of Fermi blazars

    The F-GAMMA program is a coordinated effort to investigate the physics of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGNs) via multi-frequency monitoring of Fermi blazars. In the current study we show and discuss the evolution of broad-band radio spectra, which are measured at ten frequencies between 2.64 and 142 GHz using the Effelsberg 100-m and the IRAM 30-m telescopes. It is shown that any of the 78 sources studied can be classified in terms of their variability characteristics in merely 5 types of variability. It is argued that these can be attributed to only two classes of variability mechanisms. The first four types are dominated by spectral evolution and can be described by a simple two-component system composed of: (a) a steep quiescent spectral component from a large scale jet and (b) a time evolving flare component following the 'Shock-in-Jet' evolutionary path. The fifth type is characterised by an achromatic change of the broad band spectrum, which could be attributed to a different mechanism, likely involving differential Doppler boosting caused by geometrical effects. Here we present the classification, the assumed physical scenario and the results of calculations that have been performed for the spectral evolution of flares.

  2. On the X-ray Spectra of Anomalous X-ray Pulsars and Soft Gamma Repeaters

    Kaspi, Victoria M

    2010-01-01

    We revisit the apparent correlation between soft X-ray band photon index and spin-down rate nudot previously reported for Anomalous X-ray Pulsars (AXPs) and Soft Gamma Repeaters (SGRs) by Marsden & White (2001). Our analysis, improved thanks to new source discoveries, better spectral parameter measurements in previously known sources, and the requirement of source quiescence for parameter inclusion, shows evidence for the previously noted trend, although with greater scatter. This trend supports the twisted magnetosphere model of magnetars although the scatter suggests that factors other than nudot are also important. We also note possible correlations involving the spectra of AXPs and SGRs in the hard X-ray band. Specifically, the hard-band photon index shows a possible correlation with inferred nudot and B, as does the degree of spectral turnover. If the former trend is correct, then the hard-band photon index for AXP 1E 1048.1-5937 should be ~0--1. This may be testable with long integrations by INTEGRA...

  3. Calculation of neutron and gamma-ray emission spectra produced by p + 27Al reactions

    Preliminary calculations of neutron and gamma-ray spectra induced by proton reactions on aluminum have been made to provide data required for shielding design for a proposed proton linear accelerator. The nuclear models used in this study were the preequilibrium and Hauser-Feshbach models as embodied in the GNASH program. This nuclear model code has been used in the past to successfully investigate higher energy (E less than or equal to 50 MeV) neutron and proton interactions with nuclei in the structural materials region. Because this study was of an exploratory nature, we did not attempt to optimize input parameters but instead relied upon global sets, especially for optical parameters. In particular, for neutrons we chose the Wilmore-Hodgson parameter set after confirmation of its suitability through comparison to n+27Al total cross-section data between 0.5 and 60 MeV. Agreement with the data on the level of 5-10% occurred. Comparisons were also made to measured nonelastic data for incident energies between 10 and 60 MeV. Again, there was generally good agreement although there was some tendency to overpredict such data for incident neutron energies below several MeV. For protons we found the Becchetti-Greenlees parameter set reproduced nonelastic data recently measured by McGill et al

  4. Peak fitting and identification software library for high resolution gamma-ray spectra

    Uher, Josef; Roach, Greg; Tickner, James

    2010-07-01

    A new gamma-ray spectral analysis software package is under development in our laboratory. It can be operated as a stand-alone program or called as a software library from Java, C, C++ and MATLAB TM environments. It provides an advanced graphical user interface for data acquisition, spectral analysis and radioisotope identification. The code uses a peak-fitting function that includes peak asymmetry, Compton continuum and flexible background terms. Peak fitting function parameters can be calibrated as functions of energy. Each parameter can be constrained to improve fitting of overlapping peaks. All of these features can be adjusted by the user. To assist with peak identification, the code can automatically measure half-lives of single or multiple overlapping peaks from a time series of spectra. It implements library-based peak identification, with options for restricting the search based on radioisotope half-lives and reaction types. The software also improves the reliability of isotope identification by utilizing Monte-Carlo simulation results.

  5. Peak fitting and identification software library for high resolution gamma-ray spectra

    A new gamma-ray spectral analysis software package is under development in our laboratory. It can be operated as a stand-alone program or called as a software library from Java, C, C++ and MATLABTM environments. It provides an advanced graphical user interface for data acquisition, spectral analysis and radioisotope identification. The code uses a peak-fitting function that includes peak asymmetry, Compton continuum and flexible background terms. Peak fitting function parameters can be calibrated as functions of energy. Each parameter can be constrained to improve fitting of overlapping peaks. All of these features can be adjusted by the user. To assist with peak identification, the code can automatically measure half-lives of single or multiple overlapping peaks from a time series of spectra. It implements library-based peak identification, with options for restricting the search based on radioisotope half-lives and reaction types. The software also improves the reliability of isotope identification by utilizing Monte-Carlo simulation results.

  6. Constraining Lorentz invariance violation from the continuous spectra of short gamma-ray bursts

    Chang, Zhe; Li, Xin; Lin, Hai-Nan; Sang, Yu; Wang, Ping; Wang, Sai

    2016-04-01

    In some quantum gravity theories, a foamy structure of space-time may lead to Lorentz invariance violation (LIV). As the most energetic explosions in the Universe, gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) provide an effect way to probe quantum gravity effects. In this paper, we use the continuous spectra of 20 short GRBs detected by the Swift satellite to give a conservative lower limit of quantum gravity energy scale M QG. Due to the LIV effect, photons with different energy have different velocities. This will lead to the delayed arrival of high energy photons relative to low energy ones. Based on the fact that the LIV-induced time delay cannot be longer than the duration of a GRB, we present the most conservative estimate of the quantum gravity energy scales from 20 short GRBs. The strictest constraint, M QG > 5.05 × 1014 GeV in the linearly corrected case, is from GRB 140622A. Our constraint on M QG, although not as tight as previous results, is the safest and most reliable so far. Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (11375203, 11305181, 11322545, 11335012) and Knowledge Innovation Program of The Chinese Academy of Sciences

  7. High-Quality Medium-Resolution Gamma-Ray Spectra from Certified Reference Uranium and Plutonium Materials

    The Institute of Transuranium Elements (ITU) has made an effort to record a collection of medium resolution gamma-ray spectra from well-characterized U and Pu certified reference materials CRM-171 (also known as SRM-969), CBNM-271, and Harwell PIDIE standards. The goal of this exercise was twofold: (i) to complement the international database of reference gamma-ray spectra with high-quality data for medium resolution spectrometers, and (ii) to feed Phase I of the U/Pu isotopic inter-comparison exercise that is being jointly organized by the ESARDA NDA Working Group and IAEA. Phase II of the exercise will be fed by similar spectra recorded by Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN). These activities are supported through a joint Member State Support Programmes (MSSP) task and aimed at delivering reliable methodologies for the determination of U/Pu isotopic composition using medium resolution gamma-spectrometers. The latter have obvious benefits for in-field applications, amongst which are better usability, portability and maintainability. As the spectra will be made available online for software developers and end users, ultimately this will also contribute to sustainability as well as the improved and validated performance of existing U/Pu isotopic codes. The spectra were recorded using the IAEA's standard Lanthanum Bromide (LaBr3(Ce)) (2.0'' x 0.5'') and Cadmium Zink Telluride (CdZnTe) (500 mm''3) detectors and acquisition electronics. Aiming to acquire the highest quality reference data, the spectra were measured for long acquisition times, ensuring very good counting statistics across potentially useful spectral intervals — up to 1 MeV for the CdZnTe and up to 2.6 MeV for the LaBr3(Ce) detectors. Great attention was also paid to ensure that the measurement geometry was stable and reproducible, and the spectra had minimum influence from background radiation and pile-up effects. The paper will briefly

  8. Calculation of the delayed fission gamma-ray spectra from U-235, -238, Pu-239, -240 and Pu-241, tabular data

    The delayed fission-gamma-ray, which is emitted aggregatively from the unstable nuclides produced by fission, must be taken into account properly in calculation of the gamma-ray source in nuclear reactors. Despite its importance, the delayed gamma-ray data is not well organized nor prepared even in major nuclear data libraries such as JENDL and ENDF/B. Here we prepare the delayed gamma-ray spectra for five major fissioning nuclides. In calculating these spectra, theoretical estimation of the unknown spectra was carried out widely for a lot of no-data nuclides, which had been a major source of ambiguity in calculating the delayed gamma-ray spectra. (author)

  9. Calculation of neutron and gamma-ray energy spectra for fusion reactor shield design: comparison with Experiment II

    Measured and calculated neutron and gamma-ray energy spectra resulting from the transport of approx. 14 MeV neutrons through a 0.30-m-thick lithium hydride slab and through a 0.05-m-thick lead slab followed by 0.30 m of lithium hydride are compared. Also reported are comparisons of the measured and calculated neutron energy spectra behind an 0.80-m-thick assembly comprised of stainless steel type 304 and borated polyethylene. The spatial dependence of the gamma-ray energy deposition rate measured using thermoluminescent detectors is compared with calculated data. The calculated data obtained using two-dimensional radiation transport methods and ENDF/B-IV cross section data are in good agreement for all of the experimental configurations

  10. Gamma spectra pictures using a digital plotter. Program MONO; Representacion de Espectros directos mediante un trazado digital. Prograa MONO

    Los Arcos, J. M.

    1978-07-01

    The program MONO has been written for a CALCOMP-936 digital plotter operating off- -line with a UMI VAC 1106 computer, to obtain graphic representations of single gamma spectra stored on magnetic tape. It allows to plot the whole spectrum or only a part, as well as to draw a given spectrum on the same or different picture than the previous one. Ten representation scales are available and at up nine comment lines can be written in a graphic. (Author) 4 refs.

  11. Effects of annealing treatment and gamma irradiation on the absorption and fluorescence spectra of Cr:GSGG laser crystal

    Sun, D. L.; Luo, J. Q.; Xiao, J. Z.; Zhang, Q. L.; Jiang, H. H.; Yin, S. T.; Wang, Y. F.; Ge, X. W.

    2008-09-01

    The influence of annealing treatments and gamma-ray irradiation on the absorption and fluorescence spectra of Cr:GSGG crystals grown by the Czochralski method has been investigated. Two absorption bands located near 686 nm and 1050 nm were weakened markedly after the crystal was re-annealed in H2 atmosphere, which is due to the Cr4+ ions being de-oxidized into Cr3+ ions. The other two weak additional absorption bands induced by gamma-ray irradiation appearing near 310 nm and 480 nm are ascribed to the Fe2+ ions and F-type color centers, respectively. In particular, the gamma-ray irradiation with a dose of 100 Mrad has an effect of improving slightly the luminescence properties of Cr:GSGG crystals. The improvement mechanism is analyzed and discussed.

  12. Modeling of the $\\gamma$-ray pulsed spectra of Geminga, Crab, and Vela with synchro-curvature radiation

    Viganò, Daniele

    2015-01-01

    $\\gamma$-ray spectra of pulsars have been mostly studied in a phenomenological way, by fitting them to a cut-off power-law function. Here, we analyze a model where pulsed emission comes from synchro-curvature processes in a gap. We calculate the variation of kinetic energy of magnetospheric particles along the gap and the associated radiated spectra, considering an effective particle distribution. We fit the phase-averaged and phase-resolved {\\em Fermi}-LAT spectra of the three brightest $\\gamma$-ray pulsars: Geminga, Crab, and Vela, and constrain the three free parameters we leave free in the model. Our best-fit models well reproduce the observed data, apart from residuals above a few GeV in some cases, range for which the inverse Compton scattering likely becomes the dominant mechanism. In any case, the flat slope at low-energy ($\\lesssim$ GeV) seen by {\\it Fermi}-LAT both in the phase-averaged and phase-resolved spectra of most pulsars, including the ones we studied, requires that most of the detected radi...

  13. A user guide to GASP - a general purpose program for analysis and manipulation of gamma ray spectra

    The application of a very flexible computer program for the analysis of gamma-ray spectra at Harwell is described at a level suitable for users with practical experience of spectrometry but with limited knowledge of computer methods. Details of running a job are provided in this guide together with a description of the GASP language. The program is designed to allow free format input of data and instructions with the minimum requirements for running a task on the computer. A procedure called GASP can be invoked together with essential parameters which are described. The program itself is centred around the linear regression analysis of spectra produced from either sodium iodide crystals or solid state detectors with anything from 128 to 2048 channels. Various factors which are required for interpreting results (such as decay times, half lives, cross-section, chemical yield) can be entered and applied automatically, thus removing much tedious arithmetical labour. Many facilities have been added which include storage space (either internally to the program or on disk) which may be required for standard spectra and data to describe them. Various other processes which may be applied in gamma-ray spectrometry which include energy calibration, analysis of peaks, and searching for peaks in spectra from solid state detectors are described. A comprehensive list of the 'GASP' vocabulary which is used to present data and instructions to the program is included, together with examples of a number of specific applications. (author)

  14. Calculation of Gamma Displacement Cross Sections: Generation of Recoil Spectra from ENDF/B-VII

    Radiation damage in materials is caused by the transfer of energy from an incident particle to the target atoms, which results in the redistribution of target atoms. During the nuclear reactor operation, various kinds of radiation are produced, including fast neutron, gamma, beta, high-energy ions etc. These radiations may affect the properties of reactor structural materials in a direct and/or indirect way. It is well known that fast neutrons have an effect on the degradation of materials. Whereas the impact of fast neutrons (En > 1 MeV) on material property changes is clearly recognized, the impact of gamma ray damage to materials is usually not significant. However, there has been some interest in gamma ray damage in metals in promoting accelerated embrittlement of reactor pressure vessel steels in the HFIR (High Flux Isotopes Reactor). In situations where there is a large water gap between pressure vessel and fuel assembly, gamma damage can become comparable to that produced by neutrons, on the basis of displacements per atom (dpa) parameter. A recent analysis of gamma ray displacement damage in the RPV of the General Electric Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) indicated that the ratio of calculated gamma- to neutron-induced displacement damage rates is over 100% at the RPV inner diameter. Under a high gamma dose environment, embrittlement can be accelerated by radiation-enhanced mass transport mechanism. Because gamma rays are much more efficient than neutrons at producing freely-migrating defects, any radiation enhanced or induced processes that depend on the magnitude of defect fluxes to sinks, can be disproportionately affected by gamma. The direct evaluation of the contribution of gamma ray to damage in materials, quantified as a parameter of dpa, is made possible once the displacement damage cross section due to gamma rays are known. In this work, we present calculations for gamma ray displacement cross sections in various materials in the energy range

  15. Librarian driven analysis with graphic user interface for nuclides quantification by gamma spectra

    For a set of a priori given radionuclides extracted from a general nuclide data library, the authors use median estimates of the gamma-peak areas and estimates to produce a list of possible radionuclides matching gamma-ray line(s). An a priori determined list of nuclides is obtained by searching for a match with the energy information of the database. This procedure is performed in an interactive graphic mode by markers that superimpose, on the spectral data, the energy information and yields provided by a general gamma-ray data library. This library of experimental data includes approximately 17,000 gamma-energy lines related to 756 known gamma emitter radionuclides listed by ICRP

  16. Use of an iterative convolution approach for qualitative and quantitative peak analysis in low resolution gamma-ray spectra

    In many applications, low resolution gamma-ray spectrometers, such as sodium iodide scintillation detectors, are widely used primarily due to their relatively low cost and high detection efficiency. There is widespread interest in improved methods for analyzing spectral data acquired with such devices, using inverse analysis. Peak means and peak areas in gamma- and X-ray spectra are needed for both qualitative and quantitative analysis. This paper introduces the PEAKSI code package that was developed at the Center for Engineering Applications of Radioisotopes (CEAR). The basic approach described here is to use accurate forward models and iterative convolution instead of direct deconvolution. Rather than smoothing and differentiation a combination of linear regression and non-linear searching is used to minimize the reduced chi-square, since this approach retains the capability of establishing uncertainties in the estimated peak parameters. The PEAKSI package uses a Levenberg-Marquardt (LM) non-linear search method combined with multiple linear regression (MLR) to minimize the reduced chi-square value for fitting single or multiple overlapping peaks to determine peak parameters, including peak means, peak standard deviations or full width at half maximum (FWHM), net peak counts, and background counts of peaks in experimental gamma-ray spectra. This approach maintains the natural error structure so that parameter uncertainties can be estimated. The plan is to release this code to the public in the near future.

  17. Radium, thorium, and actinium extraction from seawater using an improved manganese-oxide-coated fiber

    Laboratory experiments were conducted to determine the efficiency with which improved manganese-oxide-coated acrylic fibers extract radium, thorium, and actinium from seawater. Tests were made using surface seawater spiked with 227Ac, 227Th and 223Ra. For sample volumes of approximately 30 liters and flow rates up to 0.5 liters per minute, radium and actinium are removed quantitatively. Approximately 80-95% of the thorium is removed under these same conditions. (Auth.)

  18. Calculation of the decision thresholds for radionuclides identified in gamma-ray spectra by post-processing peak analysis results

    Korun, Matjaž; Vodenik, Branko; Zorko, Benjamin

    2016-03-01

    A method for calculating the decision thresholds for gamma-ray emitters, identified in gamma-ray spectrometric analyses, is described. The method is suitable for application in computerized spectra-analyzing procedures. In the calculation, the number of counts and the uncertainty in the number of counts for the peaks associated with the emitter are used. The method makes possible to calculate decision thresholds from peaks on a curved background and overlapping peaks. The uncertainty in the number of counts used in the calculation was computed using Canberra's Standard Peak Search Program (Canberra, 1986, Peak Search Algorithm Manual 07-0064). For isolated peaks, the decision threshold exceeds the value calculated from the channel contents in an energy region that is 2.5 FWHM wide, covering the background in the immediate vicinity of the peak. The decision thresholds vary by approximately 20% over a dynamic range of peak areas of about 1000. In the case of overlapping peaks, the decision threshold increases considerably. For multi-gamma-ray emitters, a common decision threshold is calculated from the decision thresholds obtained from individual gamma-ray emissions, being smaller than the smallest of the individual decision thresholds.

  19. Detailed parametrization of neutrino and gamma-ray energy spectra from high energy proton-proton interactions

    Supanitsky, A. D.

    2016-02-01

    Gamma rays and neutrinos are produced as a result of proton-proton interactions that occur in different astrophysical contexts. The detection of these two types of messengers is of great importance for the study of different physical phenomena, related to nonthermal processes, taking place in different astrophysical scenarios. Therefore, the knowledge of the energy spectrum of these two types of particles, as a function of the incident proton energy, is essential for the interpretation of the observational data. In this paper, parametrizations of the energy spectra of gamma rays and neutrinos, originated in proton-proton collisions, are presented. The energy range of the incident protons considered extends from 102 to 108 GeV . The parametrizations are based on Monte Carlo simulations of proton-proton interactions performed with the hadronic interaction models QGSJET-II-04 and EPOS-LHC, which have recently been updated with the data taken by the Large Hadron Collider.

  20. Application of the entropy maximum method for processing of X-ray diffraction patterns and gamma spectra of amorphous minerals

    Opportunities of the maximum entropy method (MEM) for processing of X-ray and gamma spectra of amorphous minerals are considered. MEM is the modern method of solving the reverse Rayleigh problem permitting to exclude the effect of the apparatus response function. The X-ray diffraction of quartz and schungite is carried out at the installation DRON-4 in the Bragg geometry. Initial data and processing results including the fine spectral structure (locations and intensities of peaks) are presented. The accuracy of the least square method and MEM is compared for the fine structure of amorphous sulfate-phosphates

  1. Analyzing global distribution of thorium on the lunar surface using Chang' E-1 Gamma-Ray spectrometer spectra data

    In order to acquire the global elemental distributions on the lunar surface, a method to process level 2C spectra data measured by Chang' E-1 gamma-ray spectrometer (CE1-GRS) was proposed and implemented. After data processing made by this method to level 2C spectra measured from 27 Nov, 2007 to 6 Feb, 2008, preliminary global counting rate map of thorium is derived. Compared with the global map of thorium measured by the Lunar Prospector (LP) GRS, the result shows that major features of the global thorium distribution appeared in CE1 map is consistent with the map of thorium from the LP GRS, but there are still some differences in detail between these two maps. (authors)

  2. Automated analysis for large amount gaseous fission product gamma-scanning spectra from nuclear power plant and its data mining

    Based on the Linssi database and UniSampo/Shaman software, an automated analysis platform has been setup for the analysis of large amounts of gamma-spectra from the primary coolant monitoring systems of a CANDU reactor. Thus, a database inventory of gaseous and volatile fission products in the primary coolant of a CANDU reactor has been established. This database is comprised of 15,000 spectra of radioisotope analysis records. Records from the database inventory were retrieved by a specifically designed data-mining module and subjected to further analysis. Results from the analysis were subsequently used to identify the reactor coolant half-life of 135Xe and 133Xe, as well as the correlations of 135Xe and 88Kr activities. (author)

  3. Particle Acceleration Inside Thunderstorms and the Variation in Source Spectra of Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes

    Cramer, Eric; Dwyer, Joseph R.; Briggs, Michael S.; Rassoul, Hamid K.

    2016-03-01

    One of the unresolved questions in the atmospheric sciences is the origin of Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs). These flashes are short but intense gamma ray bursts emanating from Earth's atmosphere. This phenomenon has been observed by gamma ray detectors on orbiting satellites, e.g. NASA Fermi, intended to study astrophysical phenomena such as Gamma-ray Bursts. TGFs are thought to originate inside thunderstorms where electrons can be accelerated and emit radiation in the multi MeV range due to bremsstrahlung interactions with air molecules. These so called ``runaway electrons'' are seeded from cosmic ray air showers hitting the Earth's atmosphere from (extra) galactic sources. In this work, we present a Monte Carlo model that simulates particle physics inside a thunderstorm region. The subsequent transport of high energy gamma rays through the Earth's atmosphere and up to satellite orbit is also included. We show that by varying both the potential difference and the ambient electric field inside the thundercloud, different electron and photon energy distributions are produced. This effect may be detectable by orbiting spacecraft, and therefore serves as a method to remote sense the electric fields that exist inside thunderstorms.

  4. Deconvolution of three-dimensional beta-gamma coincidence spectra from xenon sampling and measurement units

    Some environmental xenon sampling like the Automated Radioxenon Sampler-Analyzer (ARSA) and the Swedish Automated Noble Gas Unit (SAUNA), use β-γ coincidence detectors that are energy dispersive on both the γ and β axes. Applying conventional region-of-interest (ROI) analysis algorithms to such 3-D spectra is problematic due to spectral interferences in the low-resolution spectra. Deconvolving the 3-D sample spectra into the most probable combination of signals using non-negative least-squares results shows promise to robustly resolve the spectral interferences. Multiple isotope component analysis (MICA) algorithm developed for analysis of 3-D β-γ spectra from xenon sampling and measurement units is described. (author)

  5. Measurement and simulation of TEPC microdosimetric spectra in gamma radiation field

    According to the different characteristics of microdosimetric spectra measured by tissue equivalent proportional counter (TEPC), the neutron dose equivalent and γ dose equivalent could be distinguished in a unknown neutron and γ mixed radiation field. In order to discriminate the γ radiation dose equivalent from the total value, the pure γ microdosimetric spectra was measured in 60Co, 137CS radionuclide radiation field with TEPC. TEPC microdosimetric spectra in a series of monoenergy γ radiation field were simulated by FLUKA code. All the γ radiation microdosimetric spectra, including measured spectrum in 60Co, 137CS radiation field and that of simulation spectrum by FLUKA code, reveal a trait that the linear energy of γ radiation is basically lower than 10 keV/μm. This trait is the very foundation to discriminate the γ radiation from the mixed radiation. (authors)

  6. PC/FRAM plutonium isotopic analysis of CdTe gamma-ray spectra

    Vo, D T

    2002-01-01

    This paper reports the results of isotopics measurements of plutonium with the new CdTe gamma-ray spectrometer. These are the first wide-range plutonium gamma-ray isotopics analysis results obtained with other than germanium spectrometers. The CdTe spectrometer measured small plutonium reference samples in reasonable count times, covering the range from low to high burnup. The complete experimental hardware included the new, commercial, portable CdTe detector and two commercial portable multichannel analyzers. Version 4 of FRAM is the software that performed the isotopics analysis.

  7. PC/FRAM plutonium isotopic analysis of CdTe gamma-ray spectra

    Vo, D. T.; Russo, P. A.

    2002-07-01

    This paper reports the results of isotopics measurements of plutonium with the new CdTe gamma-ray spectrometer. These are the first wide-range plutonium gamma-ray isotopics analysis results obtained with other than germanium spectrometers. The CdTe spectrometer measured small plutonium reference samples in reasonable count times, covering the range from low to high burnup. The complete experimental hardware included the new, commercial, portable CdTe detector and two commercial portable multichannel analyzers. Version 4 of FRAM is the software that performed the isotopics analysis.

  8. Modification of the gamma-ray spectra by internal absorption in OVV blazars: The example cases of 3C 273 and 3C 279

    Sitarek, J.; Bednarek, W.

    2008-01-01

    Recent observations with the low threshold Cherenkov telescopes proved that sub-TeV gamma-rays are able to arrive from active galaxies at relatively large distances in spite of expected severe absorption in the extragalactic background light (EBL). We calculate the gamma-ray spectra at TeV energies from two example OVV quasars, 3C 273 and 3C 279, assuming that gamma-rays are injected in the inner parts of the jets launched by the accretion disks. It is assumed that gamma-rays in the broad ene...

  9. Detection of low levels of plutonium in natural environments from gamma-ray spectra with advanced methods in robust fitting

    A newly developed spectral analysis methodology, RobWin, is experimentally tested for its ability to identify plutonium in highly background-dominated gamma-ray spectra. The method, which builds upon nonlinear robust fitting techniques from RobFit spectral analysis software, emphasizes gradually adding structure to the entire spectrum background shape function after accounting for re-optimized combinations of entire-spectrum photopeak response functions from a user-defined set of nuclides at each iteration. This new feature makes it uniquely suited to the identification of weak-strength nuclides in high-background environments. The method is briefly described and applied to a series of background-dominated laboratory gamma-ray spectra from a 98 nCi 239Pu source with logarithmically varying collection times taken with a 100% n-type HPGe detector. The laboratory experiment, the data, and the analysis results are presented. As a measure of confidence in the effectiveness of the several entire-spectrum features of the new approach, comparisons of confidence levels, and detectable total isotopic counts are made with analysis of the same data by fitting only peaks with these new features disabled. It is concluded that for similar applications the new method can improve detectable strength and confidence of detection significantly

  10. Effect of different thickness of material filter on Tc-99m spectra and performance parameters of gamma camera

    This study aimed to investigate the effects of material filter technique on Tc-99m spectra and performance parameters of Philip ADAC forte dual head gamma camera. Thickness of material filter was selected on the basis of percentage attenuation of various gamma ray energies by different thicknesses of zinc material. A cylindrical source tank of NEMA single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) Triple Line Source Phantom filled with water and Tc-99m radionuclide injected was used for spectra, uniformity and sensitivity measurements. Vinyl plastic tube was used as a line source for spatial resolution. Images for uniformity were reconstructed by filtered back projection method. Butterworth filter of order 5 and cut off frequency 0.35 cycles/cm was selected. Chang's attenuation correction method was applied by selecting 0.13/cm linear attenuation coefficient. Count rate was decreased with material filter from the compton region of Tc-99m energy spectrum, also from the photopeak region. Spatial resolution was improved. However, uniformity of tomographic image was equivocal, and system volume sensitivity was reduced by material filter. Material filter improved system's spatial resolution. Therefore, the technique may be used for phantom studies to improve the image quality

  11. Effect of different thickness of material filter on Tc-99m spectra and performance parameters of gamma camera

    Nazifah, A.; Norhanna, S.; Shah, S. I.; Zakaria, A.

    2014-11-01

    This study aimed to investigate the effects of material filter technique on Tc-99m spectra and performance parameters of Philip ADAC forte dual head gamma camera. Thickness of material filter was selected on the basis of percentage attenuation of various gamma ray energies by different thicknesses of zinc material. A cylindrical source tank of NEMA single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) Triple Line Source Phantom filled with water and Tc-99m radionuclide injected was used for spectra, uniformity and sensitivity measurements. Vinyl plastic tube was used as a line source for spatial resolution. Images for uniformity were reconstructed by filtered back projection method. Butterworth filter of order 5 and cut off frequency 0.35 cycles/cm was selected. Chang's attenuation correction method was applied by selecting 0.13/cm linear attenuation coefficient. Count rate was decreased with material filter from the compton region of Tc-99m energy spectrum, also from the photopeak region. Spatial resolution was improved. However, uniformity of tomographic image was equivocal, and system volume sensitivity was reduced by material filter. Material filter improved system's spatial resolution. Therefore, the technique may be used for phantom studies to improve the image quality.

  12. Detection of low levels of plutonium in natural environments from gamma-ray spectra with advanced methods in robust fitting

    Lasche, G.P.; Coldwell, R.L.; Nobel, J.A

    1999-02-11

    A newly developed spectral analysis methodology, RobWin, is experimentally tested for its ability to identify plutonium in highly background-dominated gamma-ray spectra. The method, which builds upon nonlinear robust fitting techniques from RobFit spectral analysis software, emphasizes gradually adding structure to the entire spectrum background shape function after accounting for re-optimized combinations of entire-spectrum photopeak response functions from a user-defined set of nuclides at each iteration. This new feature makes it uniquely suited to the identification of weak-strength nuclides in high-background environments. The method is briefly described and applied to a series of background-dominated laboratory gamma-ray spectra from a 98 nCi {sup 239}Pu source with logarithmically varying collection times taken with a 100% n-type HPGe detector. The laboratory experiment, the data, and the analysis results are presented. As a measure of confidence in the effectiveness of the several entire-spectrum features of the new approach, comparisons of confidence levels, and detectable total isotopic counts are made with analysis of the same data by fitting only peaks with these new features disabled. It is concluded that for similar applications the new method can improve detectable strength and confidence of detection significantly.

  13. Gamma-Ray Emission Spectra as a Constraint on Calculations of 234 , 236 , 238U Neutron-Capture Cross Sections

    Ullmann, J. L.; Krticka, M.; Kawano, T.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Baramsai, B.; Couture, A.; Haight, R. C.; Jandel, M.; Mosby, S.; O'Donnell, J. M.; Rundberg, R. S.; Vieira, D. J.; Wilhelmy, J. B.; Becker, J. A.; Wu, C. Y.; Chyzh, A.

    2015-10-01

    Calculations of the neutron-capture cross section at low neutron energies (10 eV through 100's of keV) are very sensitive to the nuclear level density and radiative strength function. These quantities are often poorly known, especially for radioactive targets, and actual measurements of the capture cross section are usually required. An additional constraint on the calculation of the capture cross section is provided by measurements of the cascade gamma spectrum following neutron capture. Recent measurements of 234 , 236 , 238U(n, γ) emission spectra made using the DANCE 4 π BaF2 array at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center will be presented. Calculations of gamma-ray spectra made using the DICEBOX code and of the capture cross section made using the CoH3 code will also be presented. These techniques may be also useful for calculations of more unstable nuclides. This work was performed with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration by Los Alamos National Security, LLC (Contract DE-AC52-06NA25396) and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Contract DE-AC52-07NA2734).

  14. Design and characterization of an interface for acquiring gamma radiation spectra

    An interfaces for TOSHIBA personal computer is described. The evaluation of its characteristic shows the possibility of using it as analog-digital converter in spectrometer systems for educational purposes. It is also presented a MSX-Basic program which provides a very flexible data acquisition facility during gamma spectrum analysis applications

  15. On the sharpness of gamma-ray burst prompt emission spectra

    Yu, Hoi-Fung; Greiner, Jochen; Sari, Re'em; Bhat, P Narayana; von Kienlin, Andreas; Paciesas, William S; Preece, Robert D

    2015-01-01

    We aim to obtain a measure of the curvature of time-resolved spectra that can be compared directly to theory. This tests the ability of models such as synchrotron emission to explain the peaks or breaks of GBM prompt emission spectra. We take the burst sample from the official Fermi GBM GRB time-resolved spectral catalog. We re-fit all spectra with a measured peak or break energy in the catalog best-fit models in various energy ranges, which cover the curvature around the spectral peak or break, resulting in a total of 1,113 spectra being analysed. We compute the sharpness angles under the peak or break of the triangle constructed under the model fit curves and compare to the values obtained from various representative emission models: blackbody, single-electron synchrotron, synchrotron emission from a Maxwellian or power-law electron distribution. We find that 35% of the time-resolved spectra are inconsistent with the single-electron synchrotron function, and 91% are inconsistent with the Maxwellian synchrot...

  16. Quantitative Evaluation of gamma-Spectrum Analysis Methods using IAEA Test Spectra

    Nielsen, Sven Poul

    A description is given of a γ-spectrum analysis method based on nonlinear least-squares fitting. The quality of the method is investigated by using statistical tests on the results from analyses of IAEA test spectra. By applying an empirical correction factor of 0.75 to the calculated peak...... > 95%) better than that of estimates calculated from a previously reported analysis method. Standard deviations of the calculated peak-area ratios from the IAEA test spectra are given in order to permit the overall accuracy of other analysis methods to be compared with that of the present one....

  17. Gamma-ray spectra of fast-breeder spent nuclear fuel from the BN-350 reactor

    Gamma-ray measurements of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) from a fast breeder reactor have been obtained with a High-Purity Germanium (HPGe) Detector. The HPGe measurements were performed inside a hot cell using an adjustable collimator to restrict the viewing angle of the HPGe to a small region of the SNF assembly. In addition Ion Chamber (IC) measurements were performed underwater using a lead shielded IC 15-cm in active length. We are going to present HPGe measurement results of the distribution of fission product and activation products along the assembly. We will also compare the gamma-ray profiles of the HPGe and IC measurements to those of the neutron profiles measured with a 3 He tube based neutron counter

  18. Stabilization of prompt gamma-ray neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) spectra from NaI detectors

    Metwally, W.A.; Gardner, R.P. E-mail: gardner@ncsu.edu

    2004-06-11

    NaI detectors are still used frequently in industrial Prompt Gamma-Ray Neutron Activation Analysis applications such as in bulk material analysis. They have the advantages of being efficient for high-energy gamma rays, being relatively rugged, and being able to be used without cooling. When using NaI detectors, and consequently photomultiplier tubes, the quality of the data can drastically deteriorate through gain and zero shifts that result in spectral smearing due to temperature and/or counting rate changes. A new offline approach is presented to stabilize the NaI spectral drift. The approach is not sensitive to the cause of the drift and takes into account the NaI and ADC non-linearities. Peak resolution is improved substantially when this approach is used in the presence of spectral drift.

  19. Stabilization of prompt gamma-ray neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) spectra from NaI detectors

    Metwally, W. A.; Gardner, R. P.

    2004-06-01

    NaI detectors are still used frequently in industrial Prompt Gamma-Ray Neutron Activation Analysis applications such as in bulk material analysis. They have the advantages of being efficient for high-energy gamma rays, being relatively rugged, and being able to be used without cooling. When using NaI detectors, and consequently photomultiplier tubes, the quality of the data can drastically deteriorate through gain and zero shifts that result in spectral smearing due to temperature and/or counting rate changes. A new offline approach is presented to stabilize the NaI spectral drift. The approach is not sensitive to the cause of the drift and takes into account the NaI and ADC non-linearities. Peak resolution is improved substantially when this approach is used in the presence of spectral drift.

  20. A search for narrow lines in the gamma spectra from anti pd annihilation at rest

    The γ ray spectrum from anti pd annihilation at rest was studied by stopping antiprotons in liquid deuterium and analyzing the gamma rays using a magnetic pair spectrometer. No clear evidence is found for monochromatic γ rays and the upper limit for the branching ratio panti p → γX with 1100 MeV/c2 x 2 is less than 5 x 103 at the 95% confidence level. (orig./HSI)

  1. Proficiency Test in the Analysis of Gamma Spectra for Malevolent Radiological Situations (MALRAD)

    Dowdall, M.; Andersson, Kasper Grann; Sidhu, R. Singh;

    The MALRAD activity was intended to provide an exercise activity with respect to gamma ray spectrometric response to malevolent situations involving radioactive sources. Such situations can often be characterised by high activity sources in difficult contexts where the response is by necessity co...... from that which would normally be viewed as characteristic for the isotope in question. Special nuclear materials such as reprocessed enriched uranium and weapons grade plutonium provided different challenges and there were indications in the reponses from participants of unfamiliarity...

  2. On the X-ray Spectra of Anomalous X-ray Pulsars and Soft Gamma Repeaters

    Kaspi, Victoria M.; Boydstun, Kristen

    2010-01-01

    We revisit the apparent correlation between soft X-ray band photon index and spin-down rate ύ previously reported for Anomalous X-ray Pulsars (AXPs) and Soft Gamma Repeaters (SGRs) by Marsden & White. Our analysis, improved thanks to new source discoveries, better spectral parameter measurements in previously known sources, and the requirement of source quiescence for parameter inclusion, shows evidence for the previously noted trend, although with greater scatter. This trend supp...

  3. Soft X-ray absorption excess in gamma-ray burst afterglow spectra: Absorption by turbulent ISM

    Tanga, M; Gatto, A; Greiner, J; Krause, M G H; Diehl, R; Savaglio, S; Walch, S

    2016-01-01

    Two-thirds of long duration gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) show soft X-ray absorption in excess of the Milky Way. The column densities of metals inferred from UV and optical spectra differ from those derived from soft X-ray spectra, at times by an order of magnitude, with the latter being higher. The origin of the soft X-ray absorption excess observed in GRB X-ray afterglow spectra remains a heavily debated issue, which has resulted in numerous investigations on the effect of hot material both internal and external to the GRB host galaxy on our X-ray afterglow observations. Nevertheless, all models proposed so far have either only been able to account for a subset of our observations (i.e. at z > 2), or they have required fairly extreme conditions to be present within the absorbing material. In this paper, we investigate the absorption of the GRB afterglow by a collisionally ionised and turbulent interstellar medium (ISM). We find that a dense (3 per cubic centimeters) collisionally ionised ISM could produce UV/opti...

  4. Evaluation of gamma ray production cross sections and spectra for neutron induced reactions on Chromium

    An evaluation of photon production cross sections and relevant spectra is described, referring to neutron induced reactions on *H5*H0CR, *H5*H2CR, *H5*H4CR and sup(nat)CR in the energy range 100 KEV-8MEV

  5. Quantitative Evaluation of gamma-Spectrum Analysis Methods using IAEA Test Spectra

    Nielsen, Sven Poul

    A description is given of a γ-spectrum analysis method based on nonlinear least-squares fitting. The quality of the method is investigated by using statistical tests on the results from analyses of IAEA test spectra. By applying an empirical correction factor of 0.75 to the calculated peak-area u...

  6. Non destructive determination of fuel burn up of the RA reactor at Vinca by gamma radiation spectra analysis

    The problem of non destructive determination of the burn-up of used up fuel of the powerful experimental reactor RA at Vinca, by the analysis of gamma radiation spectra using a gamma-spectrometer with a semiconductor Ge(Li) detector has been studied. The first part of this analytical problem is concerned with calculation of fuel burn up. In the preparation of its solution material and energetic balance of the fuel composition and conditions of fuel irradiation. The obtained solution uses numerical methods. In this solution fuel burn up is determined: 1) on the basis of the data on the composition of 106Ru, 134Cs and 137Cs, than 2) from a series of the data on the fuel and reactor and 3) on the basis of those, numerous, literature data which participate in defining of the balance of fuel burn up process. The second part of this problem refers to determination of the composition of the above gamma radioactive fission products from the obtained instrumental spectrum. Under strictly defined conditions of the measurement of gamma radiation from the fuel elements, when a determined type of the gamma ray collimator is used, the photo peak area of the corresponding line in the instrumental spectrum is defined as a function of the fission products activity, energy and yield of its gamma rays, the thickness of fuel and added absorbers as well as the dimensions of the collimator used. On this basis, the activity quotient of two fission products is a function of: 1) two areas of two photo peaks of their two lines and 2) some of the above cited values. Unknown magnitudes of the remaining values of the same relation are determined from the photo peak areas of the lines of the complex spectrum of one fission product by solving a system of equations. Accuracy of the solutions of these two separate parts of the observed analytical problems was confirmed experimentally. The results obtained are characterized by high repeatability. Total errors are generally greater, primarily due to

  7. Comparison between the Spectra of Gamma Radiation for Climate Dry Periods and Rainy in the Southeast of Brazil

    Gomes, M. P.; Martin, I. M.

    2013-05-01

    Through this work, present themselves the results obtained for the spectra of ionizing radiation (X-rays and gamma) environmental southeast Brazil for the periods of dry and rainy climate, respectively. One of the objectives this work is promoting through analysis of the results a better understand, in the educational area, the physical processes related to the background radiation of the places where measurements were made. In Brazil, there is still little information about the radiation from soil, radon gas atmospheric, cosmic and artificial origin. Measurements of gamma radiation spectra were performed with a scintillator of NaI (Tl) (volume 300 cm3) mounted within an aluminum cell and coupled to a photomultiplier tube, which in turn is coupled through an interface to specify a notebook for storage of data. The measurement of X and gamma rays photons occur of way omnidirectional without distinction as to direction. The data acquisition was performed at fixed intervals of 1 minute continuously for the entire period of dry climate (June to October) and rainy (December 2012 to January 2013). Figures 1 and 2 show the results obtained for both periods, dry and rainy, respectively. Regarding the graph of Figure 1, is evidenced a cycle of 24 hours in the radiation spectrum. In this period without rain the radiation increases always between sunrise sunset until 11 - 12 hours local, due to the increased presence of radon gas (222Rn) which decays after 3.8 days in 214Pb and 214Bi, emitting photons in the range of energy the detector is measuring (0.030 to 3.0 MeV). The graph in Figure 2 shows that during the rainy period, there was a significant increase in radiation intensity, in addition to that already shown in the dry times that for certain time intervals. This increase is due to when occurs precipitation, the amount of radon gas increases because of the phenomenon of washing the lower atmosphere where the gas is suspended and diluted in water droplets. In the rainy

  8. Resolving the Extragalactic Background Light with gamma-ray spectra from distant blazars

    Aharonian, F; Bazer-Bachi, A R; Beilicke, M; Benbow, W; Berge, D; Bernlöhr, K; Boisson, C; Bolz, O; Borrel, V; Braun, I; Breitling, F; Brown, A M; Chadwick, P M; Chounet, L M; Cornils, R; Costamante, L; Degrange, B; Dickinson, H J; Djannati-Ata, A; O'Connor-Drury, L; Dubus, G; Emmanoulopoulos, D; Espigat, P; Feinstein, F; Fontaine, G; Fuchs, Y; Funk, S; Gallant, Y A; Giebels, B; Gillessen, S; Glicenstein, J F; Goret, P; Hadjichristidis, C; Hauser, D; Hauser, M; Heinzelmann, G; Henri, G; Hermann, G; Hinton, J A; Hofmann, W; Holleran, M; Horns, D; Jacholkowska, A; De Jager, O C; Khelifi, B; Klages, S; Komin, Nu; Konopelko, A; Latham, I J; Le Gallou, R; Lemiere, A; Lemoine-Goumard, M; Leroy, N; Lohse, T; Martin, J M; Martineau--, O; Huynh; Marcowith, A; Masterson, C; McComb, T J L; De Naurois, Mathieu; Nolan, S J; Noutsos, A; Orford, K J; Osborne, J L; Ouchrif, M; Panter, M; Pelletier, G; Pita, S; Pühlhofer, G; Punch, M; Raubenheimer, B C; Raue, M; Raux, J; Rayner, S M; Reimer, A; Reimer, O; Ripken, J; Rob, L; Rolland, L; Rowell, G; Sahakian, V V; Sauge, L; Schlenker, S; Schlickeiser, R; Schuster, C; Schwanke, U; Siewert, M; Sol, H; Spangler, D; Steenkamp, R; Stegmann, C; Tavernet, J P; Terrier, R; Theoret, C G; Tluczykont, M; Van Eldik, C; Vasileiadis, G; Venter, C; Vincent, P; Völk, H J; Wagner, S J

    2006-01-01

    The diffuse Extragalactic Background Light (EBL) contains unique information about the epochs of formation and the history of evolution of galaxies. Unfortunately, direct measurements are subject to large systematic uncertainties due to the difficulties in the accurate model-based subtraction of the bright foregrounds. An alternative approach is based on the detection and identification of EBL absorption features in high-energy spectra of objects of known redshift. Here we exploit this method on the blazars H 2356-309 (z=0.165) and 1ES 1101-232 (z=0.186), newly discovered at TeV energies by the H.E.S.S. Collaboration. They are the most distant sources with measured spectra known so far at these energies. Their hard spectra provide the most stringent upper limit to date on the EBL in the Opt--NIR band, which appears significantly lower than expected from the current "direct" estimates and very close to the absolute lower limit represented by the integrated light of resolved galaxies. In addition to important c...

  9. A search for narrow lines in gamma spectra from proton-antiproton annihilations at rest

    The gamma ray spectrum from anti pp annihilation at rest has been measured with good energy resolution and high statistics using a magnetic pair spectrometer. No narrow lines with widths comparable to the spectrometer resolution are found. Upper limits (90% CL) are obtained on the yield of narrow baryonium states of 2-5x10-4/anti p for states below 1700 MeV, and 5-10x10-4/anti p for states between 1700 and 1800 MeV. These results are inconsistent with narrow lines observed in an earlier experiment. (orig.)

  10. Light curves and spectra from off-axis gamma-ray burst single pulses

    Salafia, Om S; Pescalli, Alessio; Ghirlanda, Giancarlo; Nappo, Francesco

    2016-01-01

    We set up a simple model to compute the bolometric light curve and time dependent spectrum of a single pulse of a Gamma-Ray Burst under the assumption that the pulse rise and decay are dominated by the shell curvature effect. For the first time, our model includes the effect of an arbitrary off-axis viewing angle. We show that a pulse observed off-axis is (i) longer, (ii) softer and (iii) displays a different hardness-intensity correlation with respect to the same pulse seen on-axis. For each of these effects, we provide an intuitive physical explanation. We then show how a synthetic light curve made by a superposition of pulses changes with increasing viewing angle. We find that many observed properties found in time-resolved spectral analysis of Gamma-Ray Burst light curves are reproduced in curves with a slightly off-axis viewing angle. Such properties include the fact that the spectral peak energy evolution tracks the variations in flux, leading them slightly. Based on these results, we argue that low lum...

  11. Proficiency test in the analysis of gamma spectra for malevolent radiological situations (MALRAD)

    The MALRAD activity was intended to provide an exercise activity with respect to gamma ray spectrometric response to malevolent situations involving radioactive sources. Such situations can often be characterised by high activity sources in difficult contexts where the response is by necessity conducted with less than optimal instrumentation. Seven scenarios were developed based on previous incidents where possible and gamma spectral data and other information was disseminated to participants who were given one week to respond to each scenario with as much information as possible. In total 14 individual laboratories responded. The majority of laboratories were in a position to satisfactorily identify sources where single sources were used in situations with no complicating factors. For those scenarios involving heavy shielding some difficulties were encountered due to distortion of the spectrum from that which would normally be viewed as characteristic for the isotope in question. Special nuclear materials such as reprocessed enriched uranium and weapons grade plutonium provided different challenges and there were indications in the responses from participants of unfamiliarity with these materials. (author)

  12. Proficiency test in the analysis of gamma spectra for malevolent radiological situations (MALRAD)

    Dowdall, M. (Norwegian Radiation Protection Autority, OEsteraas (Norway)); Andersson, K. (Technical Univ. of Denmark, Risoe National Lab. for Sustainable Energy, Roskilde (Denmark)); Singh Sidhu, R. (Institute for Energy Technology, Kjeller (Norway)); Paulsson, S.E. (Icelandic Radiation Protection Institute (IS))

    2009-11-15

    The MALRAD activity was intended to provide an exercise activity with respect to gamma ray spectrometric response to malevolent situations involving radioactive sources. Such situations can often be characterised by high activity sources in difficult contexts where the response is by necessity conducted with less than optimal instrumentation. Seven scenarios were developed based on previous incidents where possible and gamma spectral data and other information was disseminated to participants who were given one week to respond to each scenario with as much information as possible. In total 14 individual laboratories responded. The majority of laboratories were in a position to satisfactorily identify sources where single sources were used in situations with no complicating factors. For those scenarios involving heavy shielding some difficulties were encountered due to distortion of the spectrum from that which would normally be viewed as characteristic for the isotope in question. Special nuclear materials such as reprocessed enriched uranium and weapons grade plutonium provided different challenges and there were indications in the responses from participants of unfamiliarity with these materials. (author)

  13. A reevaluation of commercial IBM PC software for the analysis of low-level environmental gamma-ray spectra

    In 1988, a comparative evaluation of seven commercially available software packages for the analysis of low-level environmental gamma-ray spectra was performed. At that time it was determined that many of the packages did not contain all the features that were necessary for the accurate analysis of complex, low-level environmental samples. The evaluation concentrated on peak detection, noise and phantom-peak rejection, resolution of peak doublets, and nuclide identification. A new evaluation was conducted on updated versions of four of the previously evaluated programs and two additional programs from Canada and Germany. The evaluation involved the analysis of synthetic and actual spectral data, including an air filter containing debris from the Chernobyl accident. System requirements, accurate nuclide quantification and ease of operation are also reported. (author)

  14. PCGAP. Application to analyze gamma-ray pulse-height spectra on a personal computer under Windows NTR

    PCGAP is a software code, which was written to provide gamma-ray pulse height spectrum analysis on a personal computer platform. The code was specifically developed for Windows NT for either an IntelR or DEC AlphaR based processor. PCGAP includes programs which can be used to control data collection using a Canberra INSPECTORR multichannel pulse-height analyzer. With suitable spectrum conversion routines PCGAP can be used to analyze data from almost any multi-channel analyzer. Besides the normal functions associated with a robust spectrum analysis package, PCGAP can be used for radionuclide analysis for actinides via L-X and gamma-ray spectrometry. It can be used to control and analyze data from an INEEL developed pulse injection system for individual spectrum validation. The package includes programs for the manual analysis of spectra using displays which permit the spectroscopist to interactively define the spectral continuum and peak fitting limits, and display the resulting function fitting forms. (author)

  15. Transmitted photon spectra of low-energy gamma rays through water

    From the transmitted spectra of point sources it is concluded that in a medium of low effective atomic number, a multiple-scatter peak is observed at an energy below 100 keV where Compton collisions are not very effective in energy-degradation and photoelectric cross-section is negligible. The energy of the peak does not depend on the thickness and physical state of the medium, or on the primary photon energy. The intensity of the peak decreases exponentially with the thickness of the medium. Measured build-up factors are compared with the calculated ones available in the literature. (author)

  16. Resonance Spin Memory in Low-Energy Gamma-Ray Spectra from Sb, Tb, Ho and Ta Odd-Odd Compound Nuclei

    Olejniczak, U; Pikelner, L B; Przytula, M; Serov, D G

    2002-01-01

    The low-energy gamma-ray spectra from neutron resonance capture with natural samples of Sb, Tb, Ho and Ta were measured using HPGe detector at IBR-30 pulsed reactor (JINR, Dubna). The resonance spin memory effect in the spectra from the odd-odd compound nuclei of ^{122}Tb, ^{160}Tb and ^[166}Ho was found to be quite distinct. For the ^{182}Ta compound nucleus it proved to be rather weak.

  17. Resonance spin memory in low-energy gamma-ray spectra from Sb, Tb, Ho and Ta odd-odd compound nuclei

    The low-energy gamma-ray spectra from neutron resonance capture with natural samples of Sb, Tb, Ho and Ta were measured using a HPGe detector at the IBR-30 pulsed reactor (JINR, Dubna). The resonance spin memory effect in the spectra from the odd-odd compound nuclei of 122Sb, 160Tb and 166Ho was found to be quite distinct. For the 182Ta compound nucleus it proved to be rather weak

  18. On thermalization in gamma-ray burst jets and the peak energies of photospheric spectra

    Vurm, Indrek; Piran, Tsvi

    2012-01-01

    The low energy spectral slopes of the prompt emission of most gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are difficult to reconcile with radiatively efficient optically thin emission models irrespective of the radiation mechanism. An alternative is to ascribe the radiation around the spectral peak to a thermalization process occurring well inside the Thompson photosphere. This quasi-thermal spectrum can evolve into the observed non-thermal shape by additional energy release at moderate to small Thomson optical depths, which can readily give rise to the hard spectral tail. The position of the spectral peak is determined by the temperature and Lorentz factor of the flow in the termalization zone, where the total number of photons carried by the jet is established. To reach thermalization, dissipation alone is not sufficient and photon generation requires an efficient emission/absorption process in addition to scattering. We perform a systematic study of all relevant photon production mechanisms searching for possible conditions i...

  19. Improvement and validation of isotopic libraries of commercial gamma spectra evaluation packages. Report on task FIN A 955 of Finnish support programme to IAEA safeguards

    The Department of Safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is running gamma spectroscopy analysis with various samples taken at various stages of the nuclear fuel cycle. It was found that the commercial gamma spectra analysis packages available do not include proper gamma-line libraries for the various tasks needed for the safeguards purposes because the libraries of these packages are often incomplete and outdated. New libraries were developed to satisfy the needs in the analysis tasks required for the safeguards purposes. These lines are limited by the number of gamma lines to avoid the problems with too many candidates for a single gamma peak. The work was carried out under the Task FIN A 955 Finnish Support Programme to IAEA Safeguards. (orig.) (18 refs.)

  20. Broad band turbulent spectra in gamma-ray burst light curves

    van Putten, Maurice H P M; Frontera, Filippo

    2014-01-01

    Broad band power density spectra offer a window to understanding turbulent behavior in the emission mechanism and, at the highest frequencies, in the putative inner engines powering long GRBs. We describe a chirp search method which steps aside Fourier analysis for signal detection in the Poisson noise-dominated 2 kHz sampled BeppoSAX light curves. An efficient numerical implementation is described in $O(Nn\\log n)$ operations, where $N$ is the number of chirp templates and $n$ is the length of the light curve time series, suited for embarrassingly parallel processing. For detection of individual chirps of duration $\\tau=1$ s, the method is one order of magnitude more sensitive in SNR than Fourier analysis. The Fourier-chirp spectra of GRB 010408 and GRB 970816 show a continuation of the spectral slope up to 1 kHz of turbulence identified in low frequency Fourier analysis. The same continuation is observed in an ensemble averaged spectrum of 40 bright long GRBs. An outlook on a similar analysis of upcoming gra...

  1. Stabilization of spectra provided by a gamma-ray spectrometer. Application to the construction of a stabilizer

    This research is concerned with the stabilization of spectra provided by a gamma-ray spectrometer. It is required to hold the calibration straight line of the spectrometer in a position which is fixed initially to better than 5x10-5 channel. A prototype numerical stabilizer has been constructed : the SPECTROSTAB; it is made up of two independent control loops; one of these makes the spectrometer gain depend on the derivatives of a reference peak at high energies; the other makes the origin of the energy scale depend on the derivatives of a second reference peak at low energies A theoretical study of the behaviour of a control loop shows that a direct action stabilizer gives the most accurate stabilization; the loss in resolving power on the theoretical peaks of the spectra attains about 1 % with a scintillation detector, and 10 % with a semi-conductor detector. Various tests show that the expected results are obtained and that the displacement of the spectral peaks produced by the derivatives are hidden by errors in the calculation of the peak abscissae. (author)

  2. Searching for narrow absorption and emission lines in XMM-Newton spectra of gamma-ray bursts

    Campana, S; D'Avanzo, P; Ghirlanda, G; Melandri, A; Pescalli, A; Salafia, O S; Salvaterra, R; Tagliaferri, G; Vergani, S D

    2016-01-01

    We present the results of a spectroscopic search for narrow emission and absorption features in the X-ray spectra of long gamma-ray burst (GRB) afterglows. Using XMM-Newton data, both EPIC and RGS spectra, of six bright (fluence >10^{-7} erg cm^{-2}) and relatively nearby (z=0.54-1.41) GRBs, we performed a blind search for emission or absorption lines that could be related to a high cloud density or metal-rich gas in the environ close to the GRBs. We detected five emission features in four of the six GRBs with an overall statistical significance, assessed through Monte Carlo simulations, of <3.0 sigma. Most of the lines are detected around the observed energy of the oxygen edge at ~0.5 keV, suggesting that they are not related to the GRB environment but are most likely of Galactic origin. No significant absorption features were detected. A spectral fitting with a free Galactic column density (N_H) testing different models for the Galactic absorption confirms this origin because we found an indication of an...

  3. Comparisons of peak-search and photopeak-integration methods in the computer analysis of gamma-ray spectra

    Myriad methods have been devised for extracting quantitative information from gamma-ray spectra by means of a computer, and a critical evaluation of the relative merits of the various programs that have been written would represent a Herculean, if not an impossible, task. The results from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) intercomparison, which may represent the most straightforward approach to making such an evaluation, showed a wide range in the quality of the results - even among laboratories where similar methods were used. The most clear-cut way of differentiating between programs is by the method used to evaluate peak areas: by the iterative fitting of the spectral features to an often complex model, or by a simple summation procedure. Previous comparisons have shown that relatively simple algorithms can compete favorably with fitting procedures, although fitting holds the greatest promise for the detection and measurement of complex peaks. However, fitting algorithms, which are generally complex and time consuming, are often ruled out by practical limitations based on the type of computing equipment available, cost limitations, the number of spectra to be processed in a given time period, and the ultimate goal of the analysis. Comparisons of methods can be useful, however, in helping to illustrate the limitations of the various algorithms that have been devised. This paper presents a limited review of some of the more common peak-search and peak-integration methods, along with Peak-search procedures

  4. Study of medical isotope production facility stack emissions and noble gas isotopic signature using automatic gamma-spectra analysis platform

    Zhang, Weihua; Hoffmann, Emmy; Ungar, Kurt; Dolinar, George; Miley, Harry; Mekarski, Pawel; Schrom, Brian; Hoffman, Ian; Lawrie, Ryan; Loosz, Tom

    2013-04-01

    The nuclear industry emissions of the four CTBT (Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty) relevant radioxenon isotopes are unavoidably detected by the IMS along with possible treaty violations. Another civil source of radioxenon emissions which contributes to the global background is radiopharmaceutical production companies. To better understand the source terms of these background emissions, a joint project between HC, ANSTO, PNNL and CRL was formed to install real-time detection systems to support 135Xe, 133Xe, 131mXe and 133mXe measurements at the ANSTO and CRL 99Mo production facility stacks as well as the CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium) primary coolant monitoring system at CRL. At each site, high resolution gamma spectra were collected every 15 minutes using a HPGe detector to continuously monitor a bypass feed from the stack or CANDU primary coolant system as it passed through a sampling cell. HC also conducted atmospheric monitoring for radioxenon at approximately 200 km distant from CRL. A program was written to transfer each spectrum into a text file format suitable for the automatic gamma-spectra analysis platform and then email the file to a server. Once the email was received by the server, it was automatically analysed with the gamma-spectrum software UniSampo/Shaman to perform radionuclide identification and activity calculation for a large number of gamma-spectra in a short period of time (less than 10 seconds per spectrum). The results of nuclide activity together with other spectrum parameters were saved into the Linssi database. This database contains a large amount of radionuclide information which is a valuable resource for the analysis of radionuclide distribution within the noble gas fission product emissions. The results could be useful to identify the specific mechanisms of the activity release. The isotopic signatures of the various radioxenon species can be determined as a function of release time. Comparison of 133mXe and 133Xe activity

  5. Teraherts spectra of A3B3C62 crystals under gamma-irradiation

    Nano-dimension topologic-disorder materials constitute an important feature in the development of modern electronics. Among such materials, low-dimensional (1D and 2D) compounds, show amazing properties, for example highly anisotropic super ionic conductivity. Here it is shown that in the THz spectrum of such materials, which exhibit strong absorption lines that could be attributed to the libration oscillation of the nanofibers. In classical THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS), one records the temporal waveforms impinging onto and transmitted by the sample. Then a numerical FFT of both signals is performed. The ratio of the transmitted and incident FFT spectra gives the transmission coefficient of the sample. If the origin of time is preserved between the two requested measurements, then the FFT gives both modulus and phase of the transmission coefficient. If the sample is a slab with parallel sides, the index of refraction and the coefficient of absorption could be accurately determined using an inverse electromagnetic method. For materials exhibiting high absorption bands, the transmission coefficient is almost zero in modulus, and its phase is unknown. The usual solution to this problem is to perform THz-TDS in reflection. Here it is proposed a combined technique, which takes benefit of both transmission and reflection THz-TDS's. The basic idea is to derive a rough estimation of the refractive index from reflection data, while both refractive index and absorption coefficient are also calculated from transmission data. A Kramers-Kronig calculation allows to determine the refractive index from the absorption spectrum measured in transmission. In the spectral regions of transparency, both refractive indices determined from reflection and from the Kramers-Kronig calculation should be superimposed. The method had been applied to determine the index of refraction of low dimensional compounds. Refractive index (full circles) and absorption (dashed line) spectra of

  6. Production of Actinium-225 via High Energy Proton Induced Spallation of Thorium-232

    Harvey, James T.; Nolen, Jerry; Vandergrift, George; Gomes, Itacil; Kroc, Tom; Horwitz, Phil; McAlister, Dan; Bowers, Del; Sullivan, Vivian; Greene, John

    2011-12-30

    The science of cancer research is currently expanding its use of alpha particle emitting radioisotopes. Coupled with the discovery and proliferation of molecular species that seek out and attach to tumors, new therapy and diagnostics are being developed to enhance the treatment of cancer and other diseases. This latest technology is commonly referred to as Alpha Immunotherapy (AIT). Actinium-225/Bismuth-213 is a parent/daughter alpha-emitting radioisotope pair that is highly sought after because of the potential for treating numerous diseases and its ability to be chemically compatible with many known and widely used carrier molecules (such as monoclonal antibodies and proteins/peptides). Unfortunately, the worldwide supply of actinium-225 is limited to about 1,000mCi annually and most of that is currently spoken for, thus limiting the ability of this radioisotope pair to enter into research and subsequently clinical trials. The route proposed herein utilizes high energy protons to produce actinium-225 via spallation of a thorium-232 target. As part of previous R and D efforts carried out at Argonne National Laboratory recently in support of the proposed US FRIB facility, it was shown that a very effective production mechanism for actinium-225 is spallation of thorium-232 by high energy proton beams. The base-line simulation for the production rate of actinium-225 by this reaction mechanism is 8E12 atoms per second at 200 MeV proton beam energy with 50 g/cm2 thorium target and 100 kW beam power. An irradiation of one actinium-225 half-life (10 days) produces {approx}100 Ci of actinium-225. For a given beam current the reaction cross section increases slightly with energy to about 400 MeV and then decreases slightly for beam energies in the several GeV regime. The object of this effort is to refine the simulations at proton beam energies of 400 MeV and above up to about 8 GeV. Once completed, the simulations will be experimentally verified using 400 MeV and 8 Ge

  7. Production of Actinium-225 via High Energy Proton Induced Spallation of Thorium-232

    The science of cancer research is currently expanding its use of alpha particle emitting radioisotopes. Coupled with the discovery and proliferation of molecular species that seek out and attach to tumors, new therapy and diagnostics are being developed to enhance the treatment of cancer and other diseases. This latest technology is commonly referred to as Alpha Immunotherapy (AIT). Actinium-225/Bismuth-213 is a parent/daughter alpha-emitting radioisotope pair that is highly sought after because of the potential for treating numerous diseases and its ability to be chemically compatible with many known and widely used carrier molecules (such as monoclonal antibodies and proteins/peptides). Unfortunately, the worldwide supply of actinium-225 is limited to about 1,000mCi annually and most of that is currently spoken for, thus limiting the ability of this radioisotope pair to enter into research and subsequently clinical trials. The route proposed herein utilizes high energy protons to produce actinium-225 via spallation of a thorium-232 target. As part of previous R and D efforts carried out at Argonne National Laboratory recently in support of the proposed US FRIB facility, it was shown that a very effective production mechanism for actinium-225 is spallation of thorium-232 by high energy proton beams. The base-line simulation for the production rate of actinium-225 by this reaction mechanism is 8E12 atoms per second at 200 MeV proton beam energy with 50 g/cm2 thorium target and 100 kW beam power. An irradiation of one actinium-225 half-life (10 days) produces ∼100 Ci of actinium-225. For a given beam current the reaction cross section increases slightly with energy to about 400 MeV and then decreases slightly for beam energies in the several GeV regime. The object of this effort is to refine the simulations at proton beam energies of 400 MeV and above up to about 8 GeV. Once completed, the simulations will be experimentally verified using 400 MeV and 8 GeV protons

  8. An approach of a systematical description of gamma-ray spectra from (n,xγ). Reactions induced by fast neutron

    Based on the semi-empirical method which used to calculate the gamma-ray production data from neutron induced reactions, within the target mass number of 20n<20 MeV, the systematics for parameter R was obtained. And the sensitivity of the parameter R to the total spectra was studied. (1 tab., 8 figs.)

  9. Relation among gamma-ray energy spectra, exposure rates and effective dose equivalents rates in the working places of the KUR reactor room

    Exposure rates and Effective dose equivalents are estimated on the basis of gamma-ray energy spectra in some places of the KUR reactor room. A relation among those radiation protection quantities are investigated to know the most appropriate way for estimation of radiation risks to radiation worekers. (author)

  10. EMISSION FROM HOT DUST IN THE INFRARED SPECTRA OF GAMMA-RAY BRIGHT BLAZARS

    A possible source of γ-ray photons observed from the jets of blazars is inverse Compton scattering by relativistic electrons of infrared seed photons from a hot, dusty torus in the nucleus. We use observations from the Spitzer Space Telescope to search for signatures of such dust in the infrared spectra of four γ-ray bright blazars, the quasars 4C 21.35, CTA102, and PKS 1510-089, and the BL Lacertae object ON231. The spectral energy distribution (SED) of 4C 21.35 contains a prominent infrared excess indicative of dust emission. After subtracting a non-thermal component with a power-law spectrum, we fit a dust model to the residual SED. The model consists of a blackbody with temperature ∼1200 K, plus a much weaker optically thin component at ∼660 K. The total luminosity of the thermal dust emission is 7.9 ± 0.2 x 1045 erg s-1. If the dust lies in an equatorial torus, the density of infrared photons from the torus is sufficient to explain the γ-ray flux from 4C 21.35 as long as the scattering occurs within a few parsecs of the central engine. We also report a tentative detection of dust in the quasar CTA102, in which the luminosity of the infrared excess is 7 ± 2 x 1045 erg s-1. However, in CTA102 the far-infrared spectra are too noisy to detect the 10 μm silicate feature. Upper limits to the luminosity from thermal emission from dust in PKS 1510-089, and ON231, are 2.3 x 1045, and 6.6 x 1043 erg s-1, respectively. These upper limits do not rule out the possibility of inverse Compton upscattering of infrared photons to γ-ray energies in these two sources. The estimated covering factor of the hot dust in 4C 21.35, 22%, is similar to that of non-blazar quasars; however, 4C 21.35 is deficient in cooler dust.

  11. Gamma-Ray Emission Spectra as a Constraint on Calculations of 234,236,238U Neutron-Capture Cross Sections

    Ullmann, John Leonard [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Kawano, Toshihiko [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Bredeweg, Todd Allen [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Baramsai, Bayarbadrakh [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Couture, Aaron Joseph [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Haight, Robert Cameron [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Jandel, Marian [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Mosby, Shea Morgan [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); O' Donnell, John M. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Rundberg, Robert S. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Vieira, David J. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Wilhelmy, Jerry B. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Becker, John A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Wu, Ching-Yen [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Krticka, Milan [Charles Univ., Prague (Czech Republic)

    2015-05-28

    Neutron capture cross sections in the “continuum” region (>≈1 keV) and gamma-emission spectra are of importance to basic science and many applied fields. Careful measurements have been made on most common stable nuclides, but physicists must rely on calculations (or “surrogate” reactions) for rare or unstable nuclides. Calculations must be benchmarked against measurements (cross sections, gamma-ray spectra, and <Γγ>). Gamma-ray spectrum measurements from resolved resonances were made with 1 - 2 mg/cm2 thick targets; cross sections at >1 keV were measured using thicker targets. The results show that the shape of capture cross section vs neutron energy is not sensitive to the form of the strength function (although the magnitude is); the generalized Lorentzian E1 strength function is not sufficient to describe the shape of observed gamma-ray spectra; MGLO + “Oslo M1” parameters produces quantitative agreement with the measured 238U(n,γ) cross section; additional strength at low energies (~ 3 MeV) -- likely M1-- is required; and careful study of complementary results on low-lying giant resonance strength is needed to consistently describe observations.

  12. Portable microcomputer for the analysis of plutonium gamma-ray spectra. Volume I. Data analysis methodology and hardware description

    A portable microcomputer has been developed and programmed for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to perform in-field analysis of plutonium gamma-ray spectra. The unit includes a 16-bit LSI-11/2 microprocessor, 32-K words of memory, a 20-character display for user prompting, a numeric keyboard for user responses, and a 20-character thermal printer for hard-copy output of results. The unit weights 11 kg and had dimensions of 33.5 x 30.5 x 23.0 cm. This compactness allows the unit to be stored under an airline seat. Only the positions of the 148-keV 241Pu and 208-keV 237U peaks are required for spectral analysis that gives plutonium isotopic ratios and weight percent abundances. Volume I of this report provides a detailed description of the data analysis methodology, operation instructions, hardware, and maintenance and troubleshooting. Volume II describes the software and provides software listings

  13. Portable microcomputer for the analysis of plutonium gamma-ray spectra. Volume II. Software description and listings

    A portable microcomputer has been developed and programmed for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to perform in-field analysis of plutonium gamma-ray spectra. The unit includes a 16-bit LSI-11/2 microprocessor, 32-K words of memory, a 20-character display for user prompting, a numeric keyboard for user responses, and a 20-character thermal printer for hard-copy output of results. The unit weights 11 kg and has dimensions of 33.5 x 30.5 x 23.0 cm. This compactness allows the unit to be stored under an airline seat. Only the positions of the 148-keV 241Pu and 208-keV 237U peaks are required for spectral analysis that gives plutonium isotopic ratios and weight percent abundances. Volume I of this report provides a detailed description of the data analysis methodology, operation instructions, hardware, and maintenance and troubleshooting. Volume II describes the software and provides software listings

  14. Monte Carlo simulation of prompt gamma-ray spectra from depleted uranium under D-T neutron irradiation and electron recoil spectra in a liquid scintillator detector

    Qin, Jianguo; Liu, Rong; Zhu, Tonghua; Zhang, Xinwei; Ye, Bangjiao

    2015-01-01

    To overcome the problem of inefficient computing time and unreliable results in MCNP5 calculation, a two-step method is adopted to calculate the energy deposition of prompt gamma-rays in detectors for depleted uranium spherical shells under D-T neutrons irradiation. In the first step, the gamma-ray spectrum for energy below 7 MeV is calculated by MCNP5 code; secondly, the electron recoil spectrum in a BC501A liquid scintillator detector is simulated based on EGSnrc Monte Carlo Code with the gamma-ray spectrum from the first step as input. The comparison of calculated results with experimental ones shows that the simulations agree well with experiment in the energy region 0.4-3 MeV for the prompt gamma-ray spectrum and below 4 MeVee for the electron recoil spectrum. The reliability of the two-step method in this work is validated.

  15. Application of spectrum shifting methodology to restore NaI(Tl)-recorded gamma spectra, shifted due to temperature variations in the environment.

    Mitra, Pratip; Roy, Arup Singha; Verma, Amit K; Pant, Amar D; Prakasha, M S; Anilkumar, S; Kumar, A Vinod

    2016-01-01

    A method has been standardized for restoring a shifted differential pulse height spectrum from a scintillator based gamma ray spectrometer recorded at measurement temperature, to the position of a desired spectrum, recorded at a reference temperature. The method is based on the assumption that the spectrum obtained at measurement temperature represents the same statistical distribution as that at reference temperature but with different energy scales. A computer program has been developed for calculation of the transformation between the energy scales and for the restoration of the shifted spectrum. The method developed has been successfully applied for the restoration of gamma spectra measured at different temperatures. PMID:26492324

  16. Development of a neural network approach to characterise 226Ra contamination at legacy sites using gamma-ray spectra taken from boreholes

    There are a large number of sites across the UK and the rest of the world that are known to be contaminated with 226Ra owing to historical industrial and military activities. At some sites, where there is a realistic risk of contact with the general public there is a demand for proficient risk assessments to be undertaken. One of the governing factors that influence such assessments is the geometric nature of contamination particularly if hazardous high activity point sources are present. Often this type of radioactive particle is encountered at depths beyond the capabilities of surface gamma-ray techniques and so intrusive borehole methods provide a more suitable approach. However, reliable spectral processing methods to investigate the properties of the waste for this type of measurement have yet to be developed since a number of issues must first be confronted including: representative calibration spectra, variations in background activity and counting uncertainty. Here a novel method is proposed to tackle this issue based upon the interrogation of characteristic Monte Carlo calibration spectra using a combination of Principal Component Analysis and Artificial Neural Networks. The technique demonstrated that it could reliably distinguish spectra that contained contributions from point sources from those of background or dissociated contamination (homogenously distributed). The potential of the method was demonstrated by interpretation of borehole spectra collected at the Dalgety Bay headland, Fife, Scotland. Predictions concurred with intrusive surveys despite the realisation of relatively large uncertainties on activity and depth estimates. To reduce this uncertainty, a larger background sample and better spatial coverage of cores were required, alongside a higher volume better resolution detector. - Highlights: • Land contaminated with radium is hazardous to human health. • Borehole gamma-ray spectra provide means of characterising contamination at depth

  17. Verification of Monte Carlo Calculations by Means of Neutron and Gamma Fluence Spectra Measurements behind and inside of Iron-Water Configurations

    Neutron and gamma spectra were measured behind and inside of modules consisting of variable iron and water slabs that were installed in radial beams of the zero-power training and research reactors AKR of the Technical University Dresden and ZLFR of the University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Goerlitz. The applied NE-213 scintillation spectrometer did allow the measurement of gamma and neutron fluence spectra in the energy regions 0.3-10 MeV for photons and 1.0-20 MeV for neutrons. The paper describes the experiments and presents important results of the measurements. They are compared with the results of Monte Carlo transport calculations made by means of the codes MCNP and TRAMO on an absolute scale of fluences

  18. Monte Carlo simulation of prompt gamma-ray spectra from depleted uranium under D-T neutron irradiation and electron recoil spectra in a liquid scintillator detector

    Qin, Jianguo; Lai, Caifeng; Liu, Rong; Zhu, Tonghua; Zhang, Xinwei; Ye, Bangjiao

    2015-01-01

    To overcome the problem of inefficient computing time and unreliable results in MCNP5 calculation, a two-step method is adopted to calculate the energy deposition of prompt gamma-rays in detectors for depleted uranium spherical shells under D-T neutrons irradiation. In the first step, the gamma-ray spectrum for energy below 7 MeV is calculated by MCNP5 code; secondly, the electron recoil spectrum in a BC501A liquid scintillator detector is simulated based on EGSnrc Monte Carlo Code with the g...

  19. The splitting of the infrared vibrational spectra of RbAg4I5 in the low-temperature gamma-phase

    Kozlov, G. V.; Mirzoiants, G. I.; Volkov, A. A.; Goffman, V. G.

    1984-10-01

    Dynamic conductivity spectra at 2-33/cm, obtained with monochromatic backward-wave-tube radiation and a submillimeter spectrometer (resolution 0.001/cm) at 4.2-123 K, are presented for the gamma phase of monocrystalline RbAg4I5. Progressive spectral splitting is seen as temperature decreases, with almost 30 well-defined lines of widths as small as 0.01/cm at 4.2 K. Possible mechanisms for this phenomenon are considered.

  20. Fast-neutron scintillation spectrometer with gamma compensation for measuring spectra and fluxes of neutrons with energies of 0.5 to 16 MeV

    This paper describes a fast-neutron scintillation spectrometer based on a stilbene single crystal 40 mm in diameter and 10 mm high and an FEU-93 photomultiplier. The spectrometer has a circuit for compensation of gamma radiation and is designed for measurement of the spectra and fluxes of neutrons in the energy range of 0.5-16 MeV in neutron therapy. The results of measurements on the U-120 cyclotron are given

  1. A comparative study on experimental and theoretical ESR spectra of lactic acid polymers irradiated by gamma rays

    Homo polymers of L-Lactic acid (LLA) and D,L-Lactic acid (DLLA), being biocompatible and absorbable in body iluids have recently found wide applications in the preparation of surgical sutures, controlled drug delivery systems, burn wound coverings etc. For sometime these polymers have also been prepared in the form of plates and screws for mandibular fracture fixation, tissue implants. Their chemical sensitivities against relatively high temperatures and hydrolysis with water make them unsuitable for conventional sterilization techniques like hot water vapor and ethylene oxide. Sterilization of the devices made of these polymers is therefore possible by gamma ray irradiation. This has initiated a number of research works in order to better understand the effects of ionizing radiation on this polymer. The aim of this study is to determine the possible radical types, their location on macromolecular structure and the reasons for peak shifts in the experimental and theoretical ESR spectra. Polymer samples were irradiated in air and in vacuum (10□□ torr) to 25 kGy sterilization dose at the dose rate 0.59 kGy/h and at room temperature by 60Co γ-irradiator. Despite being chemically the same radical type, some differences were observed in the splitting of peaks of PLLA and PDLLA samples. These differences were determined and compared by means of fitting studies. Firstly, PLLA was characterized and its g and hyperfine splitting values were found as 2.0032±0.0002 and 20.37±0.2. In the characterization study of PDLLA, it was found that one of the nearest two radicals was on the upper and the other one was on the lower plane of PDLLA chain. (author)

  2. Gamma-ray irradiation effect on the absorption and luminescence spectra of Nd:GGG and Nd:GSGG laser crystals

    Sun Dunlu [Crystal Lab, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shushanhu Road 350, PO Box 1125, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Department of Ceramics and Glass Engineering, CICECO, University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810-193 (Portugal)], E-mail: dlsun@aiofm.ac.cn; Luo Jianqiao; Zhang Qingli [Crystal Lab, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shushanhu Road 350, PO Box 1125, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Xiao Jingzhong [Department of Ceramics and Glass Engineering, CICECO, University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810-193 (Portugal); Xu Jiayue [Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Jiang Haihe; Yin Shaotang [Crystal Lab, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shushanhu Road 350, PO Box 1125, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China)

    2008-12-15

    Laser crystals Nd{sup 3+}:Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}O{sub 12} (Nd:GGG) and Nd{sup 3+}:Gd{sub 3}Sc{sub 2}Ga{sub 3}O{sub 12} (Nd:GSGG) were grown by Czochralski method. The influence of gamma-ray irradiation on their absorption and luminescence spectra has been investigated. Two additional absorption (AA) bands induced by gamma-ray irradiation appear in the spectra of Nd:GGG crystal while only a very weak AA band appears for the Nd:GSGG crystal. This indicated that Nd:GSGG crystal has stronger ability to resist the color center formation by irradiation. The intensity of the excitation and emission spectra of Nd:GGG crystal decrease after the irradiation of 100 Mrad gamma-ray. In contrast, a luminescence strengthening effect was observed in Nd:GSGG crystal after exposure to the same irradiation dose. The results showed that the Nd:GSGG crystal is a promising candidate used under radiation environments such as in outer space.

  3. Gamma-ray irradiation effect on the absorption and luminescence spectra of Nd:GGG and Nd:GSGG laser crystals

    Laser crystals Nd3+:Gd3Ga5O12 (Nd:GGG) and Nd3+:Gd3Sc2Ga3O12 (Nd:GSGG) were grown by Czochralski method. The influence of gamma-ray irradiation on their absorption and luminescence spectra has been investigated. Two additional absorption (AA) bands induced by gamma-ray irradiation appear in the spectra of Nd:GGG crystal while only a very weak AA band appears for the Nd:GSGG crystal. This indicated that Nd:GSGG crystal has stronger ability to resist the color center formation by irradiation. The intensity of the excitation and emission spectra of Nd:GGG crystal decrease after the irradiation of 100 Mrad gamma-ray. In contrast, a luminescence strengthening effect was observed in Nd:GSGG crystal after exposure to the same irradiation dose. The results showed that the Nd:GSGG crystal is a promising candidate used under radiation environments such as in outer space

  4. Neutron-Induced Fission of Actinium-227, Protactinium-231 and Neptunium-237: Mass Distribution

    Results of radiochemical studies on the mass distribution in the neutron-induced fission of actinium-227, protactinium-231 and neptunium-237 have been presented. This work has been carried out as part of a programme to determine the mass distribution in the fission of heavy elements as a function of Z and A. All irradiations have been carried out in the core of the swimming-pool type reactor APSARA with cadmium shielding wherever necessary. Relative yields of several fission product nuclides have been obtained by a method involving a comparison of the fission product activities from the respective targets with those formed from uranium-235 simultaneously irradiated. Thermal-neutron fission yields of uranium-235 have been assumed. These results indicate a predominantly asymmetric mass distribution in all the three cases, and also a distinct though small symmetric peak in the case of actinium-227. (author)

  5. Measurement of the Multi-T{bold e}V Gamma-Ray Flare Spectra of Markarian 421 and Markarian 501

    Krennrich, F. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-3160 (United States); Biller, S.D. [Department of Physics, Oxford University, Oxford, England (United Kingdom); Bond, I.H. [Department of Physics, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England (United Kingdom); Boyle, P.J. [Experimental Physics Department, University College, Belfield, Dublin 4 (Ireland); Bradbury, S.M. [Department of Physics, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England (United Kingdom); Breslin, A.C. [Experimental Physics Department, University College, Belfield, Dublin 4 (Ireland); Buckley, J.H. [Department of Physics, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63130 (United States); Burdett, A.M. [Department of Physics, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England (United Kingdom); Gordo, J.B. [Experimental Physics Department, University College, Belfield, Dublin 4 (Ireland); Carter-Lewis, D.A.; Catanese, M. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-3160 (United States); Cawley, M.F. [Physics Department, National University of Ireland, Maynooth (Ireland); Fegan, D.J. [Experimental Physics Department, University College, Belfield, Dublin 4 (Ireland); Finley, J.P.; Gaidos, J.A.; Hall, T. [Department of Physics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (United States); Hillas, A.M. [Department of Physics, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England (United Kingdom); Lamb, R.C. [Space Radiation Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Lessard, R.W. [Department of Physics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (United States); Masterson, C. [Experimental Physics Department, University College, Belfield, Dublin 4 (Ireland); McEnery, J.E. [Department of Physics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 (United States); Mohanty, G. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-3160 (United States); Moriarty, P. and others.

    1999-01-01

    The energy spectrum of Markarian 421 in flaring states has been measured from 0.3 to 10 TeV using both small and large zenith angle observations with the Whipple Observatory 10 m imaging telescope. The large zenith angle technique is useful for extending spectra to high energies, and the extraction of spectra with this technique is discussed. The resulting spectrum of Markarian 421 is fitted reasonably well by a simple power law: J(E)=E{sup {minus}2.54{plus_minus}0.03{plus_minus}0.10} photons m{sup {minus}1} s{sup {minus}1} TeV{sup {minus}1}, where the first set of errors is statistical and the second set is systematic. This is in contrast to our recently reported spectrum of Markarian 501, which over a similar energy range has substantial curvature. The differences in TeV energy spectra of gamma-ray blazars reflect both the physics of the gamma-ray production mechanism and possibly differential absorption effects at the source or in the intergalactic medium. Since Markarian 421 and Markarian 501 have almost the same redshift (0.031 and 0.033, respectively), the difference in their energy spectra must be intrinsic to the sources and not due to intergalactic absorption, assuming the intergalactic infrared background is uniform. {copyright} {ital {copyright} 1999.} {ital The American Astronomical Society}

  6. On the Temperature Behaviour of Optical Transmission Spectra of gamma-Modified Vitreous As2S3

    Golovchak R.Ya.

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Temperature behaviour of the optical transmission of gamma-irradiated vitreous v-As2S3 is studied for the first time in the absorption edge region. It is shown that temperature dependences of the main transmission characteristics are different for gamma-irradiated and non-irradiated glasses. The difference is associated with the existence of specific coordination topological defects appearing in the As2S3 network due to gamma-irradiation.

  7. On the Temperature Behaviour of Optical Transmission Spectra of gamma-Modified Vitreous As2S3

    Golovchak R.Ya.; Shpotyuk O. I.; Boyko V.T.; Zurawska A.

    2006-01-01

    Temperature behaviour of the optical transmission of gamma-irradiated vitreous v-As2S3 is studied for the first time in the absorption edge region. It is shown that temperature dependences of the main transmission characteristics are different for gamma-irradiated and non-irradiated glasses. The difference is associated with the existence of specific coordination topological defects appearing in the As2S3 network due to gamma-irradiation.

  8. A new method for the determination of low-level actinium-227 in geological samples

    We developed a new method for the determination of 227Ac in geological samples. The method uses extraction chromatographic techniques and alpha-spectrometry and is applicable for a range of natural matrices. Here we report on the procedure and results of the analysis of water (fresh and seawater) and rock samples. Water samples were acidified and rock samples underwent total dissolution via acid leaching. A DGA (N,N,N',N'-tetra-n-octyldiglycolamide) extraction chromatographic column was used for the separation of actinium. The actinium fraction was prepared for alpha spectrometric measurement via cerium fluoride micro-precipitation. Recoveries of actinium in water samples were 80 ± 8 % (number of analyses n = 14) and in rock samples 70 ± 12 % (n = 30). The minimum detectable activities (MDA) were 0.017-0.5 Bq kg-1 for both matrices. Rock sample 227Ac activities ranged from 0.17 to 8.3 Bq kg-1 and water sample activities ranged from below MDA values to 14 Bq kg-1of 227Ac. From the analysis of several standard rock and water samples with the method we found very good agreement between our results and certified values. (author)

  9. $\\gamma$-ray energy spectra and multiplicities from the neutron-induced fission of $^{235}$U using STEFF

    An experiment is proposed to use the STEFF spectrometer at n_TOF to study fragment $\\gamma$-correlations following the neutron-induced fission of $^{235}$U. The STEFF array of 12 NaI detectors will allow measurements of the single $\\gamma$-energy, the $\\gamma$ multiplicity, and the summed $\\gamma$energy distributions as a function of the mass and charge split, and deduced excitation energy in the fission event. These data will be used to study the origin of fission-fragment angular momenta, examining angular distribution eects as a function of incident neutron energy. The principal application of this work is in meeting the NEA high-priority request for improved $\\gamma$ray data from $^{235}$U(n; F). To improve the detection rate and expand the range of detection angles, STEFF will be modied to include two new ssion-fragment detectors each at 45 to the beam direction.

  10. Influence of Gamma-Ray Irradiation on Absorption and Fluorescent Spectra of Nd:YAG and Yb:YAG Laser Crystals

    We investigate the influence of gamma-ray irradiation on the absorption and fluorescent spectra of Nd3+:Y3A15O12 (Nd:YAG) and Yb3+:Y3A15O12 (Yb:YAG) crystals grown by the Czochralski method. Two additional absorption (AA) bands induced by gamma-ray irradiation appear at 255nm and 340 nm. The former is contributed due to Fe3+ impurity, the latter is due to Fe2+ ions and F-type colour centres. The intensity of the excitation and emission spectra as well as the fluorescent lifetime of Nd:YAG crystal decrease after the irradiation of 100Mrad gamma-ray In contrast, the same dose irradiation does not impair the fluorescent properties of Yb:YAG crystal. These results indicate that Yb:YAG crystal possesses the advantage over Nd:YAG crystal that has better reliability for applications in harsh radiant environment. (fundamental areas of phenomenology (including applications))

  11. Photoluminescence spectra of thin films containing CdSe/ZnS quantum dots irradiated by 532-nm laser radiation and gamma-rays

    Sharma, Suresh C. [Department of Physics, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States)], E-mail: sharma@uta.edu; Murphree, Jay; Chakraborty, Tonmoy [Department of Physics, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States)

    2008-11-15

    We have investigated temporal behavior of the photoluminescence (PL) spectra of thin films containing CdSe/ZnS quantum dots irradiated by 532 nm laser radiation and gamma-rays. Under {approx}100 W/cm{sup 2} laser radiation, the PL intensity (I{sub PL}) increases with irradiation time upto about 500 s and thereafter declines linearly. The wavelength of the PL emission ({lambda}{sub peak}) exhibits a blue-shift with exposure time. Upon simultaneous irradiation by 100 W/cm{sup 2} 532-nm laser, as well as 0.57 and 1.06 MeV gamma-rays, the temporal behaviors of both I{sub PL} and {lambda}{sub peak} are significantly different; I{sub PL} increases to a saturation level, and the magnitude of the blue-shift in {lambda}{sub peak} is reduced. We discuss possible mechanisms underlying these results.

  12. Study of X-Ray and $\\gamma$-Ray Spectra from Antiprotonic Atoms at the Slowly Extracted Antiproton Beam of LEAR

    2002-01-01

    This experiment will study the X-ray spectra of antiprotonic atoms and the $\\gamma$ spectra of residual nuclei after the antiproton absorption. We intend to begin with measurements on selected isotopically pure targets. Strong interaction effects, the antiproton absorption and the atomic cascade are analysed through the measurement of energies, lineshapes, relative and absolute intensities of all observable lines. The experiments are continued to determine st in resolved fine structure levels and in different isotopes of the same element. Coincidence techniques may be applied. All components of the experimental set-up are already existing from previous experiments and we could begin the measurements with any slowly extracted beam of low energy at LEAR.

  13. DS02 fluence spectra for neutrons and gamma rays at Hiroshima and Nagasaki with fluence-to-kerma coefficients and transmission factors for sample measurements.

    Egbert, Stephen D; Kerr, George D; Cullings, Harry M

    2007-11-01

    Fluence spectra at several ground distances in Hiroshima and Nagasaki are provided along with associated fluence-to-kerma coefficients from the Dosimetry System 2002 (DS02). Also included are transmission factors for calculating expected responses of in situ sample measurements of neutron activation products such as (32)P,(36)Cl,(39)Ar,(41)Ca, (60)Co,(63)Ni,(152)Eu, and (154)Eu. The free-in-air (FIA) fluences calculated in 2002 are available for 240 angles, 69 energy groups, 101 ground distances, 5 heights, 4 radiation source components, 2 cities. The DS02 code uses these fluences partitioned to a prompt and delayed portion, collapsed to 58 energy groups and restricted to 97 ground distances. This is because the fluence spectra were required to be in the same format that was used in the older Dosimetry System 1986 (DS86) computer code, of which the DS02 computer code is a modification. The 2002 calculation fluences and the collapsed DS02 code fluences are presented and briefly discussed. A report on DS02, which is available on the website at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, provides tables and figures of the A-bomb neutron and gamma-ray output used as the sources in the 2002 radiation transport calculations. While figures illustrating the fluence spectra at several ground ranges are presented in the DS02 Report, it does not include any tables of the calculated fluence spectra in the DS02 report. This paper provides, at several standard distances from the hypocenter, the numerical information which is required to translate the FIA neutron fluences given in DS02 to a neutron activation measurement or neutron and gamma-ray soft-tissue dose. PMID:17643260

  14. Measurement and Analysis of the Neutron and Gamma-Ray Flux Spectra in a Neutronics Mock-Up of the HCPB Test Blanket Module

    The nuclear parameters of a breeding blanket, such as tritium production rate, nuclear heating, activation and dose rate, are calculated by integral folding of an energy dependent cross section (or coefficient) with the neutron (or gamma-ray) flux energy spectra. The uncertainties of the designed parameters are determined by the uncertainties of both the cross section data and the flux spectra obtained by transport calculations. Also the analysis of possible discrepancies between measured and calculated integral nuclear parameter represents a two-step procedure. First, the energy region and the amount of flux discrepancies has to be found out and second, the cross section data have to be checked. To this end, neutron and gamma-ray flux spectra in a mock-up of the EU Helium-Cooled Pebble Bed (HCPB) breeder Test Blanket Module (TBM), irradiated with 14 MeV neutrons, were measured and analysed by means of Monte Carlo transport calculations. The flux spectra were determined for the energy ranges that are relevant for the most important nuclear parameters of the TBM, which are the tritium production rate and the shielding capability. The fast neutron flux which determines the tritium production on 7Li and dominates the shield design was measured by the pulse-height distribution obtained from an organic liquid scintillation detector. Simultaneously, the gamma-ray flux spectra were measured. The neutron flux at lower energies, down to thermal, which determines the tritium production on 6Li, was measured with time-of-arrival spectroscopy. For this purpose, the TUD neutron generator was operated in pulsed mode (pulse width 10 μs, frequency 1 kHz) and the neutrons arriving at a 3He proportional counter in the mock-up were recorded as a function of time after the source neutron pulse. The spectral distributions for the two positions in the mock-up, where measurements were carried out, were calculated with the Monte Carlo code MCNP, version 5, and nuclear data from the

  15. Monte Carlo based method for conversion of in-situ gamma ray spectra obtained with a portable Ge detector to an incident photon flux energy distribution.

    Clouvas, A; Xanthos, S; Antonopoulos-Domis, M; Silva, J

    1998-02-01

    A Monte Carlo based method for the conversion of an in-situ gamma-ray spectrum obtained with a portable Ge detector to photon flux energy distribution is proposed. The spectrum is first stripped of the partial absorption and cosmic-ray events leaving only the events corresponding to the full absorption of a gamma ray. Applying to the resulting spectrum the full absorption efficiency curve of the detector determined by calibrated point sources and Monte Carlo simulations, the photon flux energy distribution is deduced. The events corresponding to partial absorption in the detector are determined by Monte Carlo simulations for different incident photon energies and angles using the CERN's GEANT library. Using the detector's characteristics given by the manufacturer as input it is impossible to reproduce experimental spectra obtained with point sources. A transition zone of increasing charge collection efficiency has to be introduced in the simulation geometry, after the inactive Ge layer, in order to obtain good agreement between the simulated and experimental spectra. The functional form of the charge collection efficiency is deduced from a diffusion model. PMID:9450590

  16. The Anomalous Decay eta -> pi pi gamma gamma

    Knoechlein, G.; Scherer, S; Drechsel, D.

    1995-01-01

    We investigate the rare radiative eta decay modes eta -> pi+ pi- gamma gamma and eta -> pi0 pi0 gamma gamma within the framework of chiral lagrangians at o(p^4) and present photon spectra for both processes.

  17. The Prompt Gamma-Ray, Prompt Electron and Prompt X-Ray Spectra Associated with Fission Fragments of Specific Mass

    Well-defined prompt gamma-rays, prompt-conversion elections and prompt K-X-rays have been observed in coincidence with moving fission fragments of Cf252. In a few cases, the masses and charges of the nuclei emitting the gamma-rays and conversion electrons have been identified. The gamma-ray, prompt-electron and prompt X-ray energies as well as the two fission fragments energies were measured with high-resolution solid-state detectors. The masses of the fragments were deduced from their energies, and the nuclear charges were determined by measuring the K-X - ray energies associated with different masses. The magnitude and sign of the Doppler shift in gamma-ray energy allowed assignment of the gamma-ray lines to single members of fragment pairs. The Doppler shift also provides an independent measure of the fragment velocity and hence the fragment mass after neutron emission. The results of the X-ray measurements are consistent with the view that the majority of the prompt X-rays emitted during the spontaneous fission of Cf252 are the result of internal conversion during the de-excitation of low-energy collective states of the primary fission fragments. Apart from the specific results discussed above, the most important consequence of these experiments has been the demonstration that it is possible to study the properties of individual fission fragments, as identified by their characteristic radiations, rather than studying the properties of an average fission fragment with an average mass and charge. The consequences of this advance in the technique of studying fission fragments ate being explored. (author)

  18. Formation of very hard electron and gamma-ray spectra of flat spectrum radio quasar in fast-cooling regime

    Yan, Dahai; Zhang, Li; Zhang, Shuang-Nan

    2016-04-01

    In external Compton scenario, we investigate the formation of the very hard electron spectrum in the fast-cooling regime, using a time-dependent emission model. It is shown that a very hard electron distribution N^' }_e(γ^')∝ γ^' -p} with the spectral index p ˜ 1.3 is formed below the minimum energy of injection electron when inverse Compton scattering takes place in the Klein-Nishina regime, i.e., inverse Compton scattering of relativistic electrons on broad-line region radiation in flat spectrum radio quasars. This produces a very hard gamma-ray spectrum, and can reasonably explain the very hard Fermi-LAT spectrum of the flat spectrum radio quasar 3C 279 during the extreme gamma-ray flare in 2013 December.

  19. Development of a detector setup based on BGO single crystals to measure high energy gamma spectra of neutron sources

    Radiation detectors based on Bi4Ge3O12 (BGO) single crystal scintillators have many applications, mainly in high-energy physics, and nuclear industry. The BGO possesses several advantages including high density, large effective atomic number Zeff, small radiation length, high radiation hardness, stability of chemical properties, non-hygroscopic nature and much smaller afterglow which make these crystals indispensable in many applications. These crystals are the best choices for the spectroscopy of high energies gamma rays which are usually produced from (γ, n) reactions in various neutron sources. The major applications of these crystals in high energy physics and to detect high energy gammas require large size crystals. It has been well known that the signal output from BGO crystals is strongly governed by the purity and crystal defects. To grow high quality single crystals with large size and minimum number of defects has always been a daunting task for crystal growers. In this communication, we describe the growth and characterization BGO single crystals. Fabrication of a setup based on BGO scintillator useful to measure gamma-rays from an Am-Be neutron source is discussed

  20. Energetic neutron and gamma-ray spectra under the earth radiation belts according to "SALYUT-7" [correction of "SALUTE-7"]-"KOSMOS-1686" orbital complex and "CORONAS-I" satellite data.

    Bogomolov, A V; Dmitriev, A V; Myagkova, I N; Ryumin, S P; Smirnova, O N; Sobolevsky, I M

    1998-01-01

    The spectra of neutrons >10 MeV and gamma-rays 1.5-100 MeV under the Earth Radiation Belts, restored from the data, obtained onboard orbital complex "SALYUT-7" [correction of "SALUTE-7"]-"KOSMOS-1686", are presented. The spectra shapes are similar to those for albedo neutrons and gamma-rays, but absolute values of their fluxes (0.2 cm-2 s-1 for neutrons, 0.8 cm-2 s-1 for gamma-rays at the equator and 1.2 cm-2 s-1, 1.9 cm-2 s-1, accordingly, at L=1.9) are several times as large. It is possibly explained by the fact that most of the detected particles were produced by the cosmic ray interactions with the orbital complex matter. Neutron and gamma-ray fluxes obtained from "CORONAS-1" data are near those for albedo particles. PMID:11542904

  1. Development of a neural network approach to characterise (226)Ra contamination at legacy sites using gamma-ray spectra taken from boreholes.

    Varley, Adam; Tyler, Andrew; Smith, Leslie; Dale, Paul

    2015-02-01

    There are a large number of sites across the UK and the rest of the world that are known to be contaminated with (226)Ra owing to historical industrial and military activities. At some sites, where there is a realistic risk of contact with the general public there is a demand for proficient risk assessments to be undertaken. One of the governing factors that influence such assessments is the geometric nature of contamination particularly if hazardous high activity point sources are present. Often this type of radioactive particle is encountered at depths beyond the capabilities of surface gamma-ray techniques and so intrusive borehole methods provide a more suitable approach. However, reliable spectral processing methods to investigate the properties of the waste for this type of measurement have yet to be developed since a number of issues must first be confronted including: representative calibration spectra, variations in background activity and counting uncertainty. Here a novel method is proposed to tackle this issue based upon the interrogation of characteristic Monte Carlo calibration spectra using a combination of Principal Component Analysis and Artificial Neural Networks. The technique demonstrated that it could reliably distinguish spectra that contained contributions from point sources from those of background or dissociated contamination (homogenously distributed). The potential of the method was demonstrated by interpretation of borehole spectra collected at the Dalgety Bay headland, Fife, Scotland. Predictions concurred with intrusive surveys despite the realisation of relatively large uncertainties on activity and depth estimates. To reduce this uncertainty, a larger background sample and better spatial coverage of cores were required, alongside a higher volume better resolution detector. PMID:25461525

  2. An evaluation of commercial IBM PC software for the analysis of low-level environmental gamma-ray spectra

    A comparative evaluation of seven commercial gamma-ray analysis software packages, written for the IBM PC, was performed. Four software packages were supplied by US nuclear instrument manufacturers. A fifth package was supplied by a French nuclear instrument manufacturer. Two additional packages were supplied by software companies in the United States and Finland. For this evaluation emphasis was given to accuracy, peak detection, noise and phantom peak rejection for low level environmental sample analysis. System requirements, nuclide identification, ease of operation and other optional utilities were also considered. Of the seven software packages evaluated, two contained the most desirable features required for environmental applications. 9 tabs

  3. Investigation of prompt fission neutron and gamma spectra with their covariance matrices - Application to 239Pu+nth, 238U+n1.8MeV,235U+nth

    Prompt fission neutron and gamma spectra as well as multiplicities are important for nuclear heating purpose. A recent tool, FIFRELIN, has been developed at Cadarache for simulating the de-excitation of the fission fragments (FF) in order to generate the quantities mentioned above within a single code. The input data required by the code are the pre-neutron mass and kinetic energy distributions. These distributions come from experiments. Additional models are used to sample the charge, spin and parity of the fragments. The excitation energy sharing between two complementary fragments has been detailed in previous works. When the FF characteristics are sampled (A, Z, KE, J, π) the de-excitation process can start. The first scheme is based on Weisskopf statistical theory for neutron emission and level density plus strength functions for gamma emission. The neutron emission is performed before the gamma emission (uncoupled scheme). The second one is a Hauser-Feshbach like scheme based on neutron and gamma transmission coefficients (neutron and gamma emissions are coupled). The whole simulation allows the estimation of fission observables such as prompt fission neutron and gamma spectra as well as multiplicities but also distributions of all fission-related quantities. Various thermal, fast and spontaneous fissioning systems have been studied. In addition, a coupling algorithm between FIFRELIN and the CONRAD nuclear data evaluation code has been initiated in order to generate covariance matrices related to prompt fission spectra. (authors)

  4. UV-visible and infrared absorption spectra of Bi2O3 in lithium phosphate glasses and effect of gamma irradiation

    Ultraviolet and visible absorption spectra of prepared undoped lithium phosphate glass and samples of the same nominal composition with additional Bi2O3 contents were measured before and after being subjected to gamma doses of 3 and 6 Mrad. The base undoped lithium phosphate glass exhibits strong charge transfer ultraviolet absorption bands, which are related to unavoidable presence of trace iron impurities within the raw materials for the preparation of this glass. Bi2O3-containing glasses show the extension of UV absorption beside the resolution of visible bands at 400, 450, and 700 nm with the increase of Bi2O3 content due the sharing of absorption of Bi3+ ions. Gamma irradiation of the base glass reveals extended induced bands; the UV bands are related to the conversion of some Fe2+ to Fe3+ through photochemical reactions during the irradiation process. The visible induced bands are related to the formation of positive hole centers from the host phosphate glass. Glasses containing Bi2O3 are observed to show some shielding behavior, which is attributed to the presence of heavy weight and large atomic number of Bi3+ ions. Infrared absorption spectral measurements of the base lithium phosphate glass show characteristic vibrational modes which are related to specific phosphate groups. The addition of Bi2O3 in measurable percent produces additional vibrational bands due to the introduction of Bi-O groups such as BiO3 and BiO6. (orig.)

  5. Measurement of the 238U neutron-capture cross section and gamma-emission spectra from 10 eV to 100 keV using the DANCE detector at LANSCE

    Ullmann, John L [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Couture, A J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Keksis, A L [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Vieira, D J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; O' Donnell, J M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Jandel, M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Haight, R C [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Rundberg, R S [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kawano, T [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Chyzh, A [NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIV; Baramsai, B [NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIV; Wu, C Y [LLNL; Mitchell, G E [NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIV; Becker, J A [LLNL; Krticka, M [CHARLES UNIV

    2010-01-01

    A careful new measurement of the {sup 238}U(n,{gamma}) cross section from 10 eV to 100 keV has been made using the DANCE detector at LANSCE. DANCE is a 4{pi} calorimetric scintillator array consisting of 160 BaF{sub 2} crystals. Measurements were made on a 48 mg/cm{sup 2} depleted uranium target. The cross sections are in general good agreement with previous measurements. The gamma-ray emission spectra, as a function of gamma multiplicity, were also measured and compared to model calculations.

  6. On the gamma-ray spectra radiated by protons accelerated in SNR shocks near molecular clouds: The case of SNR RX J1713.7-3946

    Malkov, M A; Sagdeev, R Z

    2005-01-01

    Cosmic rays (CRs) are thought to be accelerated in SNRs. The most favorable situation for proving that the main, hadronic CR component is accelerated there is when CRs interact with dense gases, such as molecular clouds (MC) which surround the SN shock. Here, a new mechanism of spectrum formation in partially ionized gases near SNRs is proposed. Using an analytic model of nonlinear diffusive shock acceleration, we calculate the spectra of protons and estimate the resulting $\\gamma$-ray emission occurring when the SNR shock approaches a MC. We show that the spectrum develops a break in the TeV range and that its GeV component is suppressed. These modifications to the standard theory occur because of the proximity of the partially ionized MC-gas and because of the physics of particle and Alfven wave propagation inside the gas. Possible applications of the new spectra to the recent CANGAROO and HESS observations of the SNR RX J1713.7-3946 are discussed.

  7. SAMPO, A Fortran IV Program for Computer Analysis of Gamma Spectrafrom Ge(Li) Detectors, and for Other Spectra with Peaks

    Routti, Jorma T.

    1969-10-20

    SAMPO is a Fortran IV program written to perform the data- reduction analysis described by J. T. Routti and S. G. Prussin in Photopeak Method for the Computer Analysis of Gamma-Ray Spectra from Semiconductor Detectors, Nuclear Instruments and Methods 72, 125-142 (1969). The code has also been used to analyze other spectra with peaks and continua. Program SAMPO can be used for an automatic off-line or an interactive on-line analysis. It includes algorithms for line-shape, energy, and efficiency calibrations, and peak-search and peak-fitting routines. Different options are available to make the code applicable to accurate nuclear spectroscopic work as well as to routine data reduction. The mathematical methods and their coding are briefly described. Instructions for using the program and for preparing input data are given and the optimal strategies for running the code are discussed. Instructions are given for using the LRL program library version of SAMPO and for obtaining source decks.

  8. Prepared for the thirtieth annual conference on bioassay analytical and environmental chemistry. Reliable analysis of high resolution gamma spectra

    A new method has been developed to reliably analyze pulse height-energy spectra obtained from measurements employing high resolution germanium detectors. The method employs a simple data transformation and smoothing function to calculate background and identify photopeaks and isotopic analysis. This technique is elegant in its simplicity because it avoids dependence upon complex spectrum deconvolution, stripping, or other least-square-fitting techniques which complicate the assessment of measurement reliability. A moving median was chosen for data smoothing because, unlike moving averages, medians are not dominated by extreme data points. Finally, peaks are identified whenever the difference between the background spectrum and the transformed spectrum exceeds a pre-determined number of standard deviations

  9. In-source laser spectroscopy developments at TRILIS—towards spectroscopy on actinium and scandium

    Resonance Ionization Laser Ion Sources (RILIS) have become a versatile tool for production and study of exotic nuclides at Isotope Separator On-Line (ISOL) facilities such as ISAC at TRIUMF. The recent development and addition of a grating tuned spectroscopy laser to the TRIUMF RILIS solid state laser system allows for wide range spectral scans to investigate atomic structures on short lived isotopes, e.g., those from the element actinium, produced in uranium targets at ISAC. In addition, development of new and improved laser ionization schemes for rare isotope production at ISAC is ongoing. Here spectroscopic studies on bound states, Rydberg states and autoionizing (AI) resonances on scandium using the existing off-line capabilities are reported. These results allowed to identify a suitable ionization scheme for scandium via excitation into an autoionizing state at 58,104 cm − 1 which has subsequently been used for ionization of on-line produced exotic scandium isotopes.

  10. Automation system for measurement of gamma-ray spectra of induced activity for multi-element high-volume neutron activation analysis at the IBR-2 reactor of FLNP at JINR

    The automation system for measurement of induced activity of gamma-ray spectra for multi-element high-volume neutron activation analysis (NAA) was designed, developed and implemented at the IBR-2 reactor at the Frank Laboratory of Neutron Physics. The system consists of three devices of automatic sample changers for three Canberra HPGe detector-based gamma spectrometry systems. Each sample changer consists of two-axis linear positioning module M202A by DriveSet company and disk with 45 slots for containers with samples. Control of automatic sample changer is performed by the Xemo S360U controller by Systec company. Positioning accuracy can reach 0.1 mm. Special software performs automatic changing of samples and measurement of gamma-spectra at constant interaction with the NAA database.