[ RadSafe ] Bismuth-212 and 727-keV gammas

HHedge at GeoSyntec.com HHedge at GeoSyntec.com
Wed Oct 6 19:28:30 CDT 2010

Dear Mike,

If the Thorium series activity is high in the samples you could be including a minor Ac-228 gamma line at 726.863 (15) keV, yield 0.62 (8) % in the reported activity of Bi-212. This data was taken from NuDat2 (http://www.nndc.bnl.gov/nudat2/indx_dec.jsp). It lists the Bi-212 peak as 727.330 (9) keV, yield 6.67 (9) %.

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Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2010 16:30:40 +0100
From: "Arvic Harms" <Arvic.Harms at npl.co.uk>
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Dear Mike,

Please check out page 4 and 5 of


The numbers range from 6.3% to 7.6% (nine nuclear data evaluations
between 1960 and 1992). 

The DDEP recommended value is 6.74(12)%.

Kind regards,

Arvic Harms

Dr Arvic Harms
National Physical Laboratory
Hampton Road
Teddington TW11 0LW
United Kingdom
E-mail: arvic.harms at npl.co.uk 

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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Bismuth-212 and 727-keV gammas

Dear RadSafers

I have a problem with the gamma-spec results for bismuth-212. The
reported concentrations for bismuth-212 are consistently higher than
those for Pb-212, as well as for all the other nuclides in the
thorium-232 decay chain. This is the case for several types of samples,
collected over several years, and analyzed at several different
analytical labs.

I suspect the problem is with the emission probability (or "intensity")
for the 727-keV gamma. Different publications list different numbers for
the emission probability. The numbers range from about 6% to 12%. 

I would like to discuss this problem with others who are interested. 

Thanks, mike
Mike McNaughton
Los Alamos National Lab
mcnaught at lanl.gov

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