2013: Comparison of background in underground HPGe-detectors in different lead shield configurations

Applied Radiation and Isotopes 81 (2013) 103–108

Mikael Hult a), Guillaume Lutter a), Ayhan Yüksela b), Gerd Marissens a), Marcin Misiaszek c), Ulf Rosengard a)

a) European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), Retieseweg 111, B-2440 Geel, Belgium
b) TAEK-CNAEM, Turkish Atomic Energy Authority, Istanbul, Turkey
c) Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, ul. Reymonta 4, PL-30-059 Krakow, Poland



In underground HPGe-detector systems where the cosmic ray induced background is low, it is often difficult to assess the location of background sources. In this study, background counting rate of different HPGe-detectors in different lead shields is reported with the aim of better understanding background sources. To further enhance the understanding of the variations of environmental parameters, the background as a function of time over a long period was also studied.