Reference Neutron Fields in Calibration Laboratory; Simple Dosimetric Parameters and Their Changes in Time

Szymon Domański , Piotr Tulik , Błażej Boimski

Abstract

The calibration laboratory revises periodically the dosimetric properties of its calibration fields. For reference neutron fields based on radionuclide sources, it is due to presence of isotopic impurities in the source ingredients. Consequently, in long term, the admixtures and their decay products become significant. Neglecting the impact of such effect leads to inconsistencies between the neutron emission rate observed during the measurements and the emission rate derived from the decay curve of the main isotope. In the Radiation Protection Measurements Laboratory at the National Centre for Nuclear Research the neutron fields of the bare sources of 252Cf, 241AmBe and 239PuBe have been examined for nearly 30 years, regularly, in fixed geometry. Additionally, at the particular point of a calibration bench, determination of neutron fluence rate, ambient dose equivalent rate and its scattered component, total neutron and gamma dose rate, gamma to total dose ratio, radiation quality factor and total tissue kerma are occasionally determined. In this article, we would like to present recently achieved results and their comparison with the measurement data formerly presented. The growth of the neutron emission of 239PuBe source, as well as discrepancies between the decay curves of relevant isotopes and the emission rate of 252Cf and 241AmBe will be presented.
Author Szymon Domański - Narodowe Centrum Badań Jądrowych NCBJ
Szymon Domański,,
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, Piotr Tulik (FM / IMBE) - Narodowe Centrum Badań Jądrowych NCBJ
Piotr Tulik,,
- The Institute of Metrology and Biomedical Engineering
, Błażej Boimski - Narodowe Centrum Badań Jądrowych NCBJ
Błażej Boimski,,
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Corporate authorNarodowe Centrum Badań Jądrowych NCBJ
Journal seriesRadiation Protection Dosimetry, ISSN 0144-8420, (A 15 pkt)
Issue year2018
Vol180
No1-4
Pages33-36
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Polishwzorcowe pola promieniowania neutronowego, izotopowe źródła neutronowe, laboratorium wzorcujące, parametry dozymetryczne
Keywords in Englishreference neutron fields, radionuclide neutron sources, calibration laboratory; dosimetry parameters
DOIDOI:10.1093/rpd/ncy052
URL https://doi.org/10.1093/rpd/ncy052
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)20
ScoreMinisterial score = 15.0, 10-08-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 20.0, 10-08-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 0.917 (2) - 2016=0.936 (5)
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