Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 318, Issue 1, pp 677–684 | Cite as

Ultra-sensitive radioanalytical technologies for underground physics experiments

  • P. P. PovinecEmail author
  • L. Benedik
  • R. Breier
  • M. Ješkovský
  • J. Kaizer
  • J. Kameník
  • O. Kochetov
  • J. Kučera
  • P. Loaiza
  • S. Nisi
  • V. Palušová
  • F. Piquemal


Assessment of radioactive contamination of construction materials used in deep underground experiments has been carried out using ultra-sensitive analytical methods such as radiometrics, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS), accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS), and neutron activation analysis. The lowest detection limits, < 1 nBq g−1, has been obtained with ICPMS and AMS techniques.


Underground experiments Radiopurity measurements 238U and 232Th decay series AMS ICPMS HPGe gamma-spectrometry 



This study was carried out in the framework of the EU Research and Development Operational Program funded by the ERDF (Projects 26240120012, 26240120026 and 26240220004), with partial support from the Slovak Research and Development Agency (Project APVV-15-0576), and from the Slovak Scientific Granting Agency (Project VEGA 1/0891/17).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. P. Povinec
    • 1
    Email author
  • L. Benedik
    • 2
  • R. Breier
    • 1
  • M. Ješkovský
    • 1
  • J. Kaizer
    • 1
  • J. Kameník
    • 3
  • O. Kochetov
    • 4
  • J. Kučera
    • 3
  • P. Loaiza
    • 5
  • S. Nisi
    • 6
  • V. Palušová
    • 1
  • F. Piquemal
    • 7
    • 8
  1. 1.Centre for Nuclear and Accelerator Technologies (CENTA), Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and InformaticsComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia
  2. 2.Josef Stefan InstituteLjubljanaSlovenia
  3. 3.Nuclear Physics Institute CASHusinec-ŘežCzech Republic
  4. 4.Joint Institute for Nuclear ResearchDubnaRussia
  5. 5.LAL, Université Paris-Sud, CNRS/IN2P3Université Paris-SaclayOrsayFrance
  6. 6.Laboratori Nazionali del Gran SassoINFNAssergiItaly
  7. 7.Laboratoire Souterrain de ModaneModaneFrance
  8. 8.CNRS/IN2P3, CENBGUniversité de BordeauxGradignanFrance

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