Nuclear Technology Laboratory
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering,
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
Macedonia, Greece.

Nuclear Technology Laboratory

Health Physics Society : Volume 79, Number 3, September 2000

DERIVATION OF INDOOR GAMMA DOSE RATE FROM HIGH RESOLUTION IN SITU GAMMA RAY SPECTRA

A. Clouvas, S. Xanthos, and M. Antonopoulos-Domis

Abstract--The dose build up factor B related to the ratio of primary to scattered gamma radiation in indoor environment was calculated with Monte Carlo simulations using the MCNP code for different indoor geometries and gamma source distributions. The main conclusion is that the B factor does not depend strongly on parameters such as dimensions of the rooms, the thickness of walls, the density of the building materials, and the gamma source geometry. The calculated dose build up factors were used within the framework of the full absorption peak analysis method in order to deduce the dose rates in air from about 100 indoor in situ gamma spectrometry measurements performed at the town of Thessaloniki, Greece. A spectral "stripping method," which has been recently developed, was applied to the same 100 spectrometry measurements. The results of the dose rates obtained by the two methods are compared and discussed.
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