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In-situ environmental radioactivity measurement in high dose rate areas using a CdZnTe semiconductor detector

Kowatari, Munehiko; Kubota, Takumi*; Shibahara, Yuji*; Fujii, Toshiyuki*; Takamiya, Koichi*; Mizuno, Satoshi*; Yamana, Hajimu*

For the purpose of determining a surface deposition density on soil for radio-cesiums, a CdZnTe (CZT) semiconductor detector whose crystal has dimensions of 1 cm cubic was applied to the in situ environmental radio-activity measurement in deeply contaminated areas in Fukushima region. Even in high dose rate areas where pulse height spectra weren't able to be properly obtained by the conventional high purity Ge semiconductor detector, proper pulse height spectra were obtained by the CZT detector with certain accuracy. Results of deposition density on soil for $$^{134}$$Cs and $$^{137}$$Cs derived from net peak areas by the CZT detector seemed consistent, comparing with those measured by the Japanese government. Air kerma rates were estimated by the same pulse height spectra for determining surface deposition density on soil for radio-cesiums and found to be almost the same values as obtained by the NaI(Tl) scintillation survey-meter.

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