A new technique for measuring radon exposure at working places

G. Sciocchetti, G. Cotellessa, E. Soldano, M. Pagliari

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A new technique has been developed based on passive diffusion sampling and alpha track detection for monitoring radon exposure at working places. It is based on a device to be turned on and off at monitoring sites to permit accurate measurements of timed exposures. This technique is useful for radioprotection applications on personal and area monitoring of radon volume activity: timed measurement intervals and addition of sequential exposures. Additionally, the device allows accurate calibration with the application of radon reference atmospheres. Calibration facilities have been realized which allow starting detector exposure only at stationary conditions to avoid effects of varying radon concentration during exposure of passive integrating detectors. The contribution of the initial transient to the overall exposure ranged from about 3% to 10% according to calibration protocol. Experimental data evidence better performances of this new technique with respect to other measuring devices for integrating measurements based on radon diffusion samplers and polymeric nuclear track detectors (CR-39, LR-115 and polycarbonate). A better accuracy of calibration factor is obtained. The technical apparatus is presented and preliminary results described. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199 - 203
Number of pages5
JournalRadiation Measurements
Issue number1-6 SPEC.
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiation
  • Instrumentation

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Sciocchetti, G., Cotellessa, G., Soldano, E., & Pagliari, M. (2003). A new technique for measuring radon exposure at working places. Radiation Measurements, 36(1-6 SPEC.), 199 - 203. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1350-4487(03)00123-9