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Radon monitoring by alpha track detection

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Journal
International Journal of Radiation Applications and Instrumentation Part D Nuclear Tracks and Radiation Measurements
1359-0189
Publisher
Elsevier
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Volume
17
Issue
1
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DOI: 10.1016/1359-0189(90)90147-p

Abstract

Abstract Passive radon monitoring devices based on damage track detectors are very attractive for the assessment of long-term radon exposures. These devices can be divided into two broad categories, formed respectively by diffusion and permeation samplers. A permeation-type device based on a heat-sealed polyethylene bag is used in Italy. For short-term (one week or less) radon measurements, damage track detectors are not considered to be sufficiently sensitive. This paper illustrates how simple it is to measure short-term radon exposures in dwellings by spark-counting large detector areas of cellulose nitrate foils.

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