Hands-on training on analysis of alpha, beta and gamma emitters by radiochemical spectroscopic techniques
The A-CINCH consortium would like to invite you to the Hands-on training on analysis of alpha, beta and gamma emitters by radiochemical spectroscopic techniques. The course is organized by the Jožef Stefan Institute and University of Cyprus. It takes place on 13 – 17 June, 2022 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
This training course aims at delivering the basics of alpha, beta and gamma spectroscopy techniques for the determination of radionuclides in environmental samples. Within the training course participants will get familiar with the radiochemical analysis of alpha, beta and gamma emitters by radiometric techniques, gain understanding of basic principles of radiochemical analysis, get familiar with alpha, beta and gamma spectrometry, be able to understand radiochemical analytical procedures and apply them on practical problems. In addition, they will gain practical skills of working in radiochemistry laboratory and handling radioactive materials.
Participants should have interests in analytical radiochemistry, basic knowledge on radioactive decay, analytical chemistry and detection of radionuclides
The course is structured in two phases. The first part is delivered as distance learning course and will take place at moodle.cinch-project.eu. It will include introduction to radiochemical spectroscopic analysis of alpha, beta and gamma emitters with theoretical considerations. In addition to that, gamma spectroscopy of environmental samples will be covered, as well as determination of uranium by alpha-particle spectrometry and determination of Po-210 by alpha-particle spectrometry and Pb-210 by beta counting. Participants have to successfully finish this course before entering the on-site course.
The second part will include practical hands-on training and will take place at the Jožef Stefan Institute, Department of Environmental Sciences. It will include hands-on experience on determining uranium in calcite samples, Po-210, Pb-210 in fish samples and Cs-137 in water.
Laboratory work and exercises (introduced by theoretical lectures and discussion sessions) will include:
- Preparation and pre-treatment of fish and calcite samples
- Digestion of samples for radionuclides determination
- Cation-exchange separation of uranium from calcite sample
- Preparation of Cs-137 on AMP counting source for gamma spectrometry
- Separation of Po-210 and Pb-210 using Sr resin
- Preparation of counting sources for alpha, beta and gamma spectrometry
- Measurement of alpha, beta and gamma emitters
- Calculation of results for Cs-137, uranium, Po-210 and Pb-210 with measurement uncertainties
- QA/QC in radionuclide determination
The deadline for registrations is April 30, 2022.
No course fee will be charged to the participants and a budget exists to support travel and accommodation expenditures of the participants. To apply for the Travel Fund grant, please, click here.
Registration to the course and application for the Travel Fund grant are two separate procedures and are to be completed in parallel.