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Help Na-22 Beta calibration

  1. Nov 27, 2013 #1
    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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