The impact of high-energy tailing in high-purity germanium gamma-ray spectrometry on the activity determination of Ra using the 241.0 keV emission.

Author(s) Collins, S.M.; Shearman, R.; Ivanov, P.; Regan, P.H.
Journal Appl Radiat Isot
Date Published 2020 Mar

High-energy tailing is an often-overlooked component in high-purity germanium gamma-ray spectrometry when performing the non-linear least squares fit of a full-energy peak. This component comes from the incomplete restoration of the baseline prior to the next pulse being processed and therefore is an issue of increased count rates. In the current work, the impact of this oversight is shown through the dynamics and decay characteristics of Ra and its radioactive decay progeny. Multiple measurements of two samples, separated from the decay progeny and at differing activities, have been made. The results of full-energy peak fitting of the convoluted 238.6 keV and 241.0 keV full-energy peaks with and without the high energy tailing component are presented. Trends in the observed activity that approximate the ingrowth of Pb have been observed where no high-energy tailing component is used, with maximum relative differences of 2% and 5% determined.

DOI 10.1016/j.apradiso.2019.109021
ISSN 1872-9800
Citation Appl Radiat Isot. 2020;157:109021.