[ RadSafe ] Automobile Air Filter Spectrum (was hot particles)

Thompson, Dewey L DThompson3 at ameren.com
Tue Jun 28 08:13:08 CDT 2011

I for one would have serious reservations about calling Am-241 in this spectrum.  I would need to see the energy calibration and look at the offset for the region around 60 Kev.  There are a lot of KLM X-Rays flashing about, which would really muddy the spectrum down there, and you would need to subtract the confounders prior to estimating any activity of Am-241, which just might leave.....Nothing.

If we assume the cursor is on the Cs-137 line, it appears that the offset for Cs-137 is in the neighborhood of 8 Kev, meaning the energy calibration is wildly imprecise.   To be sure, the energy offset will reduce with the photon energy, however I wonder if 3 Kev offset is reasonable given the apparent offset for the 662 Kev line. 

IF we accept the cursor is on the 662 Kev energy (Cs-137), then Cs-134 is a good bet, the 605 and 796 appear to be indicated, although I believe Cs-134 does have some stuff in the 570 Kev range and I'm thinking I would expect to see higher background in that area. 

Since the energy calibration offsets are not specified, it is not clear on those peaks questioned at 120 and 240 Kev what the energy estimate really is.  It would be pointless to speculate.

Both baby peak (120 Kev) and the thing in the middle (240 Kev) have poor resolution, neither is likely from a single photon.  


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