, Volume 295, Issue 1, pp 749-754,
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Gamma background measurements in the Gran Sasso National Laboratory

Abstract

In situ gamma-ray measurements were taken at eight locations in the Gran Sasso National Laboratory (Italy). Count rates for gamma radiation within the energy range of 7–2,734 keV varied from 8 to 60 γ s−1. The arithmetic mean was 49 γ s−1 for measurements taken without a collimator. The average gamma flux inside the Lab was 0.25 γ cm−2 s−1. The sedimentary rocks surrounding the Lab are characterized by low activity concentrations of uranium and thorium, equal to 1.7 and 1.4 Bq kg−1, respectively.