• Drao92
In summary, the conversation discusses the use of a detector in a project and the calculation of the solid angle in different situations. The formula used for calculating the solid angle is mentioned, as well as the use of a larger radioactive source. The conversation ends with a question about the accuracy of the provided answer and the importance of the solid angle in determining the activity of the source.
Drao92
Hi guys,
How can we avoid to calculate the solid angle, i mean in what situations?
In my lab documents i have this formula: omega/4*pi=1/2(1-1/(sqrt(1+b^2/4D^2))
where D is the distance from detector and radioactive source, b is the diametre of circular window of the detector.
However, i used a radioactive source with bigger diametre than b so i must mutiple that formula with 8D^2/d^2(1-1/(sqrt(1+d^2/4D^2)) where d is the diametre of the source
So omega/4*pi=omega*4pi/the above formula^.
So, this is my answer: When the distance is almost 0, 8D^2/d^2(1-1/(sqrt(1+d^2/4D^2)) becomes 0, so the omega angle is 0.
Sorry for my english, but its not my first language.
Thanks for any help!

The radioactive source is at the center of a make-believe sphere, whose surface area is 4πD2.

The detector window has an area of (π/4)b2.

The ratio of the solid angle of your detector window Ω to the solid angle for the entire sphere 4π is approximately the ratio of the area of your detector window to the surface area of the sphere (assuming b << D):

Ω/(4π) ≈ (b/(4D))2

If I make the same approximation in the formula that you have (assuming that I have understood it correctly), then I get the same result. (I expanded the reciprocal of the square root in Taylor series assuming that b2/(4D2) is small.) I'm not quite sure what you're asking, about the approximation, or why the solid angle is important in the first place.

The solid angle is important because it basically tells you what to multiply your count rate by in order to determine the activity of the source.

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