101532 Radiochemical Separation Process Lab. (0.4.2)

Course Goals:

The use of proportional counter, alpha spectroscopy and liquid scintillation counting system to analyze total alpha- total beta in environmental samples, the calibration of systems, preparation, and counting of water samples and calculation of activity and uncertainty of these samples.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Students who pass this course will be able to calibrate proportional counter, alpha spectrometry and liquid scintillation counting system, prepare water sample for these systems, separate the radionuclide by electrodeposition technique and determine the total alpha-total beta activity in proportional counter and liquid scintillation counting system, radionuclide activity in alpha spectrometry with its uncertainties

Course Subjects:

  • Proportional counter experiments: plateau calibration.
  • Crosstalk setting.
  • Determination of background radiation.
  • Efficiency calibration.
  • Obtaining the attenuation curves.
  • Sample preparation from water for total alpha beta analysis.
  • Counting and calculation of activity.
  • Alpha spectrometry experiments: energy calibration and efficiency calibration.
  • 241Am sample preparation by the electrodeposited technique.
  • Acquiring 241Am spectra and calculation of activity.
  • Liquid scintillation counting system experiments: determination of PSA.
  • Determination of efficiency.
  • Sample preparation from water for total alpha beta analysis.
  • Acquiring spectra and calculation of activity.