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Photon spectra measured above operating floor of unit 3 reactor at Fukushima Power Station

Using a Kromek GR1 CZT gamma spectrometer to measure radiation in a reactor building at Fukushima nuclear reactor


Photon energy spectra were measured above the operating floor of unit 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station by using a Kromek GR1 CZT (CdZnTe) gamma ray spectrometer. The GR1 spectrometer was installed in a lead collimator to measure the photons from the area directly below the detector. The collimator and spectrometer were lifted up by a crane and set above the operating floor. The photon spectra were derived by unfolding the pulse height spectra measured using the spectrometer. The response function of the spectrometer was calculated with the MCNP-4C code and was used as an input parameter of the unfolding code MAXED. It was found from the photon energy spectra that low-energy photons with energy below 0.4 MeV were dominant above the operating floor. These spectra are fundamental data for evaluating the dose reduction effect by setting up shields on the operating floor.

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TANIMURA, Yoshihiko & Hirayama, Hideo & KONDO, Kenjiro & NAGATA, Hiroshi & IWANAGA, Kouhei & SUZUKI, Seishirou. (2016). Photon Spectra Measured above Operating Floor of Unit 3 Reactor at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Transactions of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan. 15. 10.3327/taesj.J16.001.

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