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Help Na-22 Beta calibration

by THEMuffinMan7
Tags: beta, calibration, gm tube, na22, radiation
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THEMuffinMan7
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Nov27-13, 06:39 PM
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Hello,

I am working on a project that is attempting to use GM tubes to detect low levels of radiation emitted from food or other objects.

Currently I am trying to find the efficiency of these tubes to beta and gamma radiation. I wanted to get a pure beta and pure gamma source but I was only able to get a Na22 source and a Cs137 source. These both emit beta and gamma. Is it possible to use these to determine the efficeincy of the tubes to beta and gamma separately?

I know I could block the beta with a piece of metal, giving the gamma only, then subtract that from the total to get beta, but how do I calculate how much of each radiation type is being emitted??

Thanks for any help!!
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