An experimental search for a correlation between outdoor 222Rn concentration and 210Pb activity in air particulate samples

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Abstract

This work was aimed to search for a correlation between outdoor 222Rn air concentration and 210Pb activity in particulate samples collected on a filter. The existence of a correlation could support the hypothesis that both 222Rn and its long-lived product 210Pb are embedded into the same air masses and undergo the same air transport phenomena. Lead-210 activity was determined by means of gamma-ray spectrometric measurement carried out a few days from the sampling whereas 222Rn concentration was measured through a commercial monitor. Experimental tests allowed to obtain a weak correlation between 222Rn and 210Pb air concentration as a preliminary result due to high uncertainties of outdoor 222Rn concentration measurements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-116
Number of pages5
JournalNUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY & RADIATION PROTECTION
Volume33
Publication statusPublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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