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Gamma Spectroscopy Training

Continuing education course on techniques for analyzing gamma-emitting radioactive material

Students viewing gamma spectroscopy measurements

Introduction

The use of radioactive materials in industry and government has created a need for persons trained in the current techniques of analyzing gamma-emitting radionuclides. To meet this need, ORAU conducts a five-day training course—Gamma Spectroscopy. The American Academy of Health Physics will grant 40 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

Training dates

Course description

This five-day, laboratory-oriented course covers the basics of radionuclide identification and quantification by gamma spectroscopy. Approximately 50% of the time will be spent in the laboratory.

Who should attend

Any person whose responsibilities involve the analysis of samples by gamma spectroscopy but who needs more background knowledge of the topic.

Cost

$1,995 — The tuition includes the full cost of training, books, and instructional materials. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the ORAU Professional Training Programs Electronic Library DVD.

Related certifications

ANL-ORAU Decommissioning Certification Program
Decommissioning Certificate Program offered jointly by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and ORAU.

Tentative course schedule

Monday
8:00 AM Welcome, Registration, Orientation and Photo 
9:30 AM GAMMA RAY REVIEW
11:00 AM INTERACTIONS OF PHOTONS WITH MATTER
1:00 PM GAMMA SPECTROSCOPY OVERVIEW
2:00 PM Lab: Equipment - LaBr
Energy Calibration - LaBr
Identification of Unknowns - LaBr
Tuesday
8:00 AM SOLID SCINTILLATION DETECTORS
9:00 AM SEMICONDUCTOR DETECTORS
10:30 AM Lab: Equipment
Energy Calibration - HPGe
Identification of Unknowns- HPGe
12:30 PM GAMMA SPECTUM FEATURES
1:00 PM Lab: Low Energy Spectral Features
Demo: Well Counters
Wednesday
8:00 AM PREAMPLIFIERS AND AMPLIFIERS ANALOG TO DIGITAL CONVERTERS (ADCs)
10:00 AM DETECTOR RESOLUTION
11:00 AM Lab: Pole Zero Adjustment
1:00 PM GAMMA SPECTROMETRY-QUANTITATIVE
ANALYSIS
3:00 PM Lab: High Energy Spectral Features
4:00 PM Lab: Efficiency Calibration
Thursday
8:00 AM STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES AND QUALITY ASSURANCE FOR GAMMA SPECTROSCOPY
9:30 AM Lab: Efficiency at Two Different Energies
10:30 AM Lab: Errors at High and Low Count Rate
Demo: Ground Loops
1:00 PM Lab: Efficiency Calibration Measurement of Unknown Activity
2:30 PM Lab: Geometry Factors
3:30 PM Lab: Corrections for True Coincidence
Friday
8:00 AM Lab: Measurement of Resolution
9:00 AM Lab: Review of Gamma Spectrometry Reports
10:00 AM Lab: Portable Detectors - Identifications of Unknowns
11:30 AM Course Critiques and Adjourn

For more information or assistance, please contact:

Registrar
ORAU Professional Training Programs
Phone: 865.576.3576
Fax: 865.241.9152

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