Alpha particle detection using alpha-induced air radioluminescence:a review and future prospects for preliminary radiological characterisation for nuclear facilities decommissioning

Crompton, Anita and Gamage, Kelum A. A. and Jenkins, Alex and Taylor, C. James (2018) Alpha particle detection using alpha-induced air radioluminescence:a review and future prospects for preliminary radiological characterisation for nuclear facilities decommissioning. Sensors, 18 (4). ISSN 1424-8220

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Abstract

The United Kingdom (UK) has a significant legacy of nuclear installations to be decommissioned over the next 100 years and a thorough characterisation is required prior to the development of a detailed decommissioning plan. Alpha radiation detection is notoriously time consuming and difficult to carry out due to the short range of alpha particles in air. Long-range detection of alpha particles is therefore highly desirable and this has been attempted through the detection of secondary effects from alpha radiation, most notably the air-radioluminescence caused by ionisation. This paper evaluates alpha induced air radioluminescence detectors developed to date and looks at their potential to develop a stand-off, alpha radiation detector which can be used in the nuclear decommissioning field in daylight conditions to detect alpha contaminated materials.

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Journal Article
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Sensors
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03 Apr 2018 08:40
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