[ RadSafe ] Detecting DU at a distance via beta particle emission.

Dan W McCarn hotgreenchile at gmail.com
Mon Jan 7 15:53:23 CST 2008


I always thought that the "gold standard" for DU was measuring the Pa-234
gamma photopeak at 1,001 KeV.

Petrophysical probes have been developed with HPGe detectors to measure the
concentration of U in rock based on the detection of the coincident 1,001
KeV gamma photopeak from the Pa-234m beta decay to U-234. Since the U-238 is
in secular equilibrium with Pa-234 in about 200 days, the chemical U made be
determined with better precision than gross gamma logging methods.

Since the "bottom half" of the decay chain requires 1-2 million years to
reach secular equilibrium (Radium progeny) gross gamma techniques using
NaI(Tl) detectors may over- or under-estimate ore grades in U deposits
depending on geochemical remobilization of uranium in the ore deposit.

Dan ii

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