Comparison of the Precision and Accuracy of Digital Versus Analogue Gamma-Ray Spectrometric Systems Used in INAA for Evaluation of Homogeneity and Certification of Reference Materials of the IAEA
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- Makarewicz, M. & Burns, K. Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry (2000) 244: 649. doi:10.1023/A:1006702408520
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Performance of three commercial gamma-ray spectrometric systems was evaluated for precision and accuracy prior to use in characterization of reference materials. Two of the systems were based on fast processing of the analogue signal from the amplifier (EGG Ortec model 672) using a loss free counting module (Canberra model LFC 599) interfaced to one of two analog-to-digital converters (Canberra models 8713 or 8715). The third system was based on a digital signal processor (Canberra model DSP 9660). Performance of the systems was tested over a range of count rates up to a maximum of 70,000 counts per second (dead time up to 90%) using 60Co and 137Cs sources. Best resolution was achieved with an analogue system with ADC 8713. The analytical results obtained with the digital system show the lowest and well-quantified uncertainty.