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An inter-laboratory comparison of low-level measurements in ground-level aerosol monitoring

Wershofen, H. ; Bieringer, J. ; Frenzel, S. ; Kanisch, G. ; Katzlberger, C. ; Steinkopff, Th. ; Tschiersch, J. ; Völkle, Hansruedi

In: Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 2008, vol. 66, no. 6-7, p. 737-741

After the nuclear reactor accident of Chernobyl, the “Integrated Measurement and Information System (IMIS) for Monitoring the Environmental Radioactivity and Detecting Emissions from Nuclear Plants was implemented in Germany. IMIS is a nationwide comprehensive measuring system which permanently monitors the radioactivity in all important environment media in the whole federal territory. At... Plus

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    After the nuclear reactor accident of Chernobyl, the “Integrated Measurement and Information System (IMIS) for Monitoring the Environmental Radioactivity and Detecting Emissions from Nuclear Plants was implemented in Germany. IMIS is a nationwide comprehensive measuring system which permanently monitors the radioactivity in all important environment media in the whole federal territory. At approximately 40 sites, the activity concentration of radioactive substances is measured in air and precipitations. At least 14 of them are responsible for trace monitoring of radionuclides in the air. The legal bases of IMIS prescribe regular inter-laboratory comparison analyses in cooperation with the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), with the use of reference materials prepared by the Federal Coordinating Laboratories. In order to fulfil this requirement in the field of trace survey measurements in ground-level air, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (“Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz”, BfS) and the PTB have conducted a comparison with real, dust-loaded reference filters in 2005. The comparison was organized within the framework of a cooperation of trace survey stations from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The paper describes the preparation of the real, dust-loaded reference filters, the procedure for spiking the filters with the activity standard solution containing ²²Na, ⁸⁸Y, ⁸⁹Sr, ⁹⁰Sr, ¹²⁵Sb, ¹³³Ba, ¹³⁴Cs, and ²⁴¹Am. Some results are discussed and conclusions are given.