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Shang, B.* ; Tschiersch, J. ; Cui, H.* ; Xia, Y.*

Radon survey in dwellings of Gansu, China: The influence of thoron and an attempt for correction.

Radiat. Environ. Biophys. 47, 367-373 (2008)
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Alpha track detectors used in a previous investigation of the US National Cancer Institute and the China Ministry of Health on indoor radon ((222)Rn) in Gansu, China, proved to be influenced by (220)Rn (thoron), thus overestimating the (222)Rn level. Therefore, the detector was improved used in the previous survey. The new detectors allow discrimination between the two isotopes without any disturbance of the (222)Rn measurement. With this detector, a semi-annual study was conducted in 49 traditional dwellings of a village in Gansu. The arithmetic (AM) and geometric (GM) mean (222)Rn concentrations were 120 +/- 61 and 105 Bq m(-3) (with geometric standard deviation GSD = 1.8), respectively, while the mean (220)Rn concentrations at 2.5 cm wall distance were 430 +/- 210 Bq m(-3) (AM) and 350 Bq m(-3) (GM) with GSD = 2.3. The high thoron concentrations demonstrate the importance of the (220)Rn contribution to radiation exposure, in the investigated area. The actual level of indoor (222)Rn was about three times lower than that in the previous investigation which was affected by (220)Rn. A correction method for the radon results of the previous study is proposed, which provides (222)Rn and (220)Rn values comparable with those obtained in the study presented here.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0301-634X
e-ISSN 1432-2099
Quellenangaben Band: 47, Heft: 3, Seiten: 367-373 Artikelnummer: , Supplement: ,
Verlag Springer
Begutachtungsstatus Peer reviewed