Gamma spectroscopy methodology for large amounts of environmental samples in Sweden 30 years after the Chernobyl accident
1 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Sweden
2 Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden
3 Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, Swedish Agricultural University, Sweden
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Published online: 30 September 2020
In a Swedish citizen science project, more than 200 elementary school classes participated in collecting fungi, soil samples, and droppings from deer and wild boar, from all over Sweden. The samples have been sent to a laboratory at Uppsala University where they are being analyzed through gamma spectroscopy with a shielded HPGe detector. The main objective is to scan the samples for 137Cs from the Chernobyl accident and compare the data with measurements from 1986, but uptake of naturally occuring radionuclides like 40K and radon daughters will also be determined. Together with the soil samples, transfer factors will be derived, and correlations for these factors will be sought for different species of fungi and soil types. The potential for correlating the results with different biological processes will also be investigated, in part through the collected animal droppings. This is a work in progress where the present status of the experimental setup and methodology are presented. Issues with the initial approach for corrections are discussed and preliminary results are presented.
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