[ RadSafe ] Europium-252 identified instead of Bismuth-214
daleboyce at charter.net
Tue Mar 24 20:19:09 CDT 2009
You certainly have Ra-226, and that may be in equilibrium with U238. Imagine
finding that in dirt! ;) (Since background level of Ra-226 vary, but are
around a pCi or less/g of dirt. (higher i am told in beer and Brazil nuts)).
If you had Eu 152 you would also expect to see Eu154 which has strong 1274
and 1596 lines.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael McNaughton" <mcnaught at lanl.gov>
To: <radsafe at radlab.nl>
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 8:58 AM
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Europium-252 identified instead of Bismuth-214
> Dear Radsafers
> I have some soil samples for which I think Bismuth-214 is incorrectly
> identified as Europium-252. Is this a well-known problem?
> The gamma-spec software found a small peak near 1408 keV and reported it
> as 0.4 pCi/g of Europium-252, though it did not find any other
> Europium-252 peaks. The sample contains about 3 pCi/g of Bismuth-214, and
> has large peaks at 609 keV, 1120 keV, and 1765 keV, so I think the small
> peak at 1408 keV is probably from Bismuth 214. The relative sizes of the
> peaks correspond to the relative probabilities of decay for Bismuth-214.
> I would be interested in discussing this problem with gamma-spec experts.
> Thanks, mike
> Mike McNaughton
> Los Alamos National Lab.
> email: mcnaught at LANL.gov or mcnaughton at LANL.gov
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