In situ gamma spectrometry is a widely applied analysis technique for the determination of radioactivity levels in soil. Compared to traditional laboratory analysis of soil samples, in situ techniques offer a quick and low-cost way of obtaining accurate results from on-site measurements. However, although the technique is well-known, the dependence of in situ gamma spectrometry on complex and time-consuming calibration procedures as well as in-depth knowledge of the geometric distribution of the source in the ground deters many potential users from employing it in their routine work. Aiming to alleviate this issue, a software tool named InSiCal (In Situ gamma spectrometry Calculator) has been developed to make in situ gamma spectrometry more accessible to both experts and non-experts in the field. This is done by simplifying and streamlining both calibration and activity calculation through a simple and intuitive graphical user interface. Testing in real field conditions show that InSiCal is capable of yielding results which are in very good agreement with soil sample analyses, and that the results may be obtained using different detector types (HPGe, NaI, LaBr and CZT). Overall, InSiCal, provides results which are comparable in accuracy to laboratory measurements, indicating that it fulfills its purpose successfully.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Environmental Chemistry
- Waste Management and Disposal
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
Mauring, A., Vidmar, T., Gäfvert, T., Drefvelin, J., & Fazio, A. (2018). InSiCal – A tool for calculating calibration factors and activity concentrations in in situ gamma spectrometry. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 188, 58 - 66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvrad.2017.10.011