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Highly useful and informative documents

Post by brehwens » 01 May 2015, 08:59

Hi guys,

Between the two of us, Steven and I have collected quite a number of interesting documents regarding gamma spectrometry and associated hardware. The most relevant of these we will share in this post, which might be updated later on.

Feel free to add other gems you might have come across!

Note that all these documents we have found freely on the internet, and is the intellectual property of the respective publisher. We simply list them here as useful resources. Copyright belongs to the respective publisher.
Extensive set of experiments using a NaI detector, published by spectrum techniques. A must read!
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Massive document on most matters relating to NaI scintillation spectrometry
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PMT handbook by Hamamatsu
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Canbera Gamma-Xray-Detection.pdf
Document from Canberra on gamma and X-ray detection
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Saint Gobain efficiency calculations.pdf
Efficciency calculations for NaI detectors by St. Gobain
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Ortec NaI experiments.pdf
NaI experiments for NaI detectors by Ortec
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PMT handbook by Burle
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XRF energies.pdf
Detailed XRF chart compiled by George Dowell, GeoElectronics
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Karl Brehwens
Eskilstuna, Sweden.

Setup: 5 cm lead castle, 2mm copper lining. Gamma Spectacular Pro 2002, Sound Blaster Live! 5.1,
Primary detector: Scionix refurbished 2x2" NaI(Tl) well detector, 7.5% @ 662 keV

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Re: Highly useful and informative documents

Post by jneilson » 27 May 2024, 20:16

Knoll - Radiation Detection and Measurement
https://indico-tdli.sjtu.edu.cn/event/1 ... dition.pdf
http://www.gammaexplorer.com/wp-content ... -3rd-1.pdf

Gilmore - Practical Gamma Ray Spectrometry
https://nna1989.wordpress.com/wp-conten ... y-2008.pdf
https://download.e-bookshelf.de/downloa ... 366164.pdf

NPL / SRP Good Practice Guides https://srp-uk.org/professional-resources/metrology
GPG14 - Examination, Testing and Calibration of Portable Radiation Protection Instruments https://www.npl.co.uk/special-pages/gui ... 4_portable |
GPG30 - Practical Radiation Monitoring https://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/2538/1/MGPG30.pdf
GPG34 - Radiometric Non-Destructive Assay https://www.npl.co.uk/gpgs/radiometric- ... tive-assay

LANL PANDA Passive Non-Destructive Assay of Nuclear Materials
https://cdn.lanl.gov/files/passive-nond ... _68e9a.pdf

UK Home Office Performance Standards and Test Protocols for Radiological Equipment
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.u ... nitors.pdf

Uncertainty in Gamma Spec
https://indico.ictp.it/event/a06186/ses ... al/0/0.pdf

GUM (Guide to Uncertainty in Measurement): https://www.iso.org/sites/JCGM/GUM-introduction.htm

ANSI N42.42 https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9264644
ISO/IEC 17025: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Da ... 5-2017.pdf

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Post by Rob Tayloe » 04 Jun 2024, 00:04

When I was an undergraduate student taking a nuclear measurements course we used punch cards to load, compile, and execute programs. Gamma spectra were saved onto paper tapes that were read into the computer for analysis and plotting. The analysis programs were fortran. Many of the analysis routines were based upon the text "Data Reduction and Error Analysis" by Bevington. There is a newer version of this book that provides (to my mind) pretty clear explanations for useful analysis methods. Here is a link to a downloadable pdf of the Bevington text (the publisher still maintains a link where example source code can be downloaded) -
https://experimentationlab.berkeley.edu ... ington.pdf

Source code in C++ and fortran along with errata for Bevington's text can be downloaded from the link below -
https://highered.mheducation.com/sites/ ... grams.html

Another text that I found very useful over the years is TID-25951 1973 Reactor Shielding for Nuclear Engineers. A pdf of this book can be downloaded from -

Reactor Shielding Design Manual by Rockwell is a classic reference that has many graphs and equations that can be helpful. This document can be downloaded from -

Another classic reference, pertaining to nuclear reactors, is ANL-5800 Reactor Physics Constants Second Edition. This report is available for download from -

A text book used at the graduate level and covers many of the theoretical aspects of a nuclear reactor is "Nuclear Reactor Theory" by Bell and Glasstone. This book can be downloaded from -

ARH-600 Criticality Handbook comprised three volumes with a great deal of data and graphs. The calculations were largely performed by the late Roger Carter, Warner Blyckert, and others at the Hanford nuclear site. This handbook is quite useful for dealing with fissile systems. The three volumes can be downloaded from -
Vol I

Vol II


More recently work was undertaken to replicate many of the ARH-600 results using more modern computational programs and data. The SCALE code package from the ORNL was used to replicate the ARH-600 work. Documentation of this work can be found at -
SCALE Calculations Replicating ARH-600 Data

The Nuclear safety guide. TID-7016, Revision 2 also was a handy reference. It can be downloaded from -

There are many curves and graphs found in the LA-10860 report by the late Hugh Paxton and Norm Pruvost.
Rept. No. LA-10860-MS
Title Critical dimensions of systems containing [sup 235]U, [sup 239]Pu, and [sup 233]U : 1986 revision
Author Paxton, H. C. (Hugh C.)
https://permalink.lanl.gov/object/tr?wh ... A-10860-MS
https://ncsp.llnl.gov/sites/ncsp/files/ ... 860-MS.pdf

There are a large number of earlier technical reports used in the creation of LA-10860. The US DOE has a website where these many reports can be downloaded -
LA-10860-MS Reference Set
Critical Dimensions of Systems Containing 235U, 239Pu, and 233U

An effort was undertaken to digitize curves used in LA-10860 and implement this digital data in a computer program -
Digitizing Curves from LA-10860 to be Used in CritView

The CritView program and manual can be downloaded from the US DOE Nuclear Criticality Safety Program website, under the Analytical Methods tab -

Alas many of the unique and highly interesting training courses related to the NCSP are only available to select US government employees and contractors. There are a number of heritage videos that can be accessed; many have interviews with folks personally involved in nuclear criticality accidents -

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Re: Highly useful and informative documents

Post by Rob Tayloe » 06 Jul 2024, 22:01

I found another very useful document available on-line. I've long had a hard copy of this document. There are lots of graphs, data, and equations that can be useful to have at one's fingertips. This is the 1970 version of the Radiological Health Handbook -

TECHNICAL REPORT · 01 January 1970
DOI:https://doi.org/10.2172/4708654· OSTI ID:4708654
Public Health Service, Rockville, Md.
Sponsoring Organization: USDOE
NSA Number: NSA-25-049203
OSTI ID: 4708654
Report Number(s): PHS-PUBL.-2016
Resource Relation:
Other Information: UNCL. Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-71
Country of Publication: United States
Language: English

https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67 ... dc1033646/

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Re: Highly useful and informative documents

Post by Rob Tayloe » 11 Jul 2024, 08:51

The Atomic Nucleus by Robley Evans was published in 1955. It is regarded as a classic text book. It is available at archive.org (full link below). One can choose to download this text as a pdf or several other formats.

https://archive.org/details/atomicnucle ... 9/mode/2up

As an undergraduate in nuclear engineering we used LaMarsh's Intro to Nuclear Engineering. A more recent version (than I used) of this text is available at -

https://archive.org/details/introductio ... rd-edition

Nuclear Reactor Analysis by Duderstadt was typically used at the graduate level of study. This text is available at -
http://milproj.dc.umich.edu/pdfs/books/ ... alysis.pdf

Solutions to the exercises in Duderstadt's text are available from - [Note: I haven't spent much time looking at these solutions. Since Duderstadt (or some of his students worked these problems, I expect they are correct].
https://www.researchgate.net/publicatio ... r_Analysis

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