Journal Article Optimization of the Timepix chip to measurement of radon, thoron and their progenies

ミロソラフ, ヤニック  ,  Ploc, Ondrej  ,  Michael Fiederle  ,  Procz, Simon  ,  Norbert, Kavasi

107pp.220 - 224 , 2016-01 , Elsevier
Radon and thoron as well as their short-lived progenies are decay products of the radium and thorium series decays. They are the most important radionuclide elements with respect to public exposure. To utilize the semiconductor pixel radiation Timepix chip for the measurement of active and real-time alpha particles from radon, thoron and their progenies, it is necessary to check the registration and visualization of the chip.An energy check for radon, thoron and their progenies, as well as for 241Am and210Po sources, was performed using the radon and thoron chambers at NIRS (National Institute of Radiological Sciences). The check found an energy resolution of 200 keV with a 14% efficiency as well as a linear dependency between the channel number (cluster volume) and the energy. The coefficient of determination r2 of 0.99 for the range of 5 to 9 MeV was calculated. In addition, an offset for specific Timepix configurations between pre-calibration for low energy from 6 to 60 keV, and the actual calibration for alpha particles with energies from 4000 to 9000 keV, was detected.

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